04 May 2014 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Phone Call with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin DoD 04 May 2014
- USS Ramage Returns from Deployment NNS 04 May 2014 -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) returned to its Naval Station Norfolk homeport May 4 after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
- India successfully test fires Astra air-to-air missile IRNA 04 May 2014 -- India Sunday successfully test-fired its first indigenously-developed air-to-air missile Astra from a Su-30 combat aircraft over a firing range in the western sector.
- India test-fires Astra missile from Sukhoi jet Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- India has successfully test-fired its first indigenously developed beyond visual range (BVR) Astra missile from a Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet.
- Terrorist attacks in Syria kill 14, injure dozens Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- At least fourteen people have been killed and dozens of others injured in attacks by foreign-backed militants in Syria.
- Syria continues mop-up operations against militants Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- Syrian army has continued its operations against foreign-backed militants across the country, inflicting heavy losses on them.
- Rebel Infighting In Syria Kills Dozens RFE/RL 04 May 2014 -- A monitoring group says four days of heavy fighting between rival Islamic rebel groups has killed 62 fighters in eastern Syria.
- South Sudan army retakes strategic towns from rebels Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- (South) Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers have taken full control of two towns in the north of the landlocked African country as part of their major offensives against rebel forces.
- UN voices concerns over recruitment of child soldiers in S Sudan Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- The United Nations has expressed grave concern over the recruitment of more than 9-thousand children by armed groups in war-weary South Sudan.
- May 4, 2014 - Briefing on the D.R.C. US Dept. of State 04 May 201
- Kerry Calls on Congo's Kabila to Honor Constitution VOA 04 May 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on Congolese President Joseph Kabila to respect his country's constitution and not run for a third term. The U.S. is pledging additional funding for elections and for helping to demobilize fighters in eastern provinces.
- 37 militants killed in Yemen army offensive Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- The Yemeni army has killed at least 37 al-Qaeda suspects and injured dozens in an ongoing offensive in the south of the impoverished country.
- Libya deputy parliament does not recognize new PM Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- Libya's first deputy parliamentary speaker has declared the election of Ahmed Maiteeq as the new prime minister of the North African country invalid.
- Nearly 70 Pro-Russian Detainees Released in Odessa VOA 04 May 2014 -- Pro-Russian militants stormed a Ukrainian police station in Odessa on Sunday and freed nearly 70 fellow activists as Ukraine's prime minister blamed police corruption there for dozens of deaths in rioting on Friday.
- Ukrainians Anxious About May 25 Vote VOA 04 May 2014 -- As Ukraine expands its military offensive in the east, Kyiv residents worry about the growing conflict and wonder if the planned May 25th national election can proceed under these conditions.
- Ukraine Crisis Emboldens Obama's US Critics VOA 04 May 2014 -- As tensions and turmoil escalate in Ukraine, America's response to the crisis is becoming an increasingly contentious issue in Washington.
- Dialogue needed between Kiev authorities and southeastern Ukraine - Putin in conversation with Merkel VoR 04 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel had a phone conversation on Sunday in accordance with a prior arrangement. Putin and Merkel continued discussing the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service has reported. Putin and Merkel pointed out the importance of taking effective international measures, primarily through the OSCE, to relieve the tensions in Ukraine. In this regard, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter will arrive in Moscow on May 7, the press service said.
- Germany calls for second Geneva meeting on Ukraine's crisis VoR 04 May 2014 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday called for a second international conference to put an end to the crisis in Ukraine. He said he made the proposal in telephone conversations on Sunday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
- Donetsk forms first regiment of Republican Army VoR 04 May 2014 -- Authorities of the Donetsk People's Republic announced forming the first regiment of the republican army that will unite all the self-defense forces, a thousand people have already self-subscribed as volunteers, commissar of the Eastern Front movement Nikolai Solntsev told RIA Novosti Sunday.
- Preparations for Victory Day parade in Crimea causes hysterics in Ukrainian media VoR 04 May 2014 -- Preparations for the Victory Day parade in Crimea have scared Kiev. Ukrainians spotted Russian fighter aircraft and bombers in the sky above the peninsula. The aircraft were drilling aerobatic maneuvers and special effects for their performance in Sevastopol during the Victory Day parade. Crimeans themselves were not in the least worried by the squadrons of Russian planes, while in the Ukraine their drill created a flap.
- Yatsenyuk promises decentralization, extra guarantees of use of Russian language VoR 04 May 2014 -- Ukraine's coup-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who arrived in the Black Sea port city of Odessa on Sunday over Friday tragedy that claimed 46 lives there, has promised decentralization and 'additional guarantees' to regions regarding the use of Russian language, Itar-Tass reports.
- Kiev unable to establish dialogue with southeastern Ukraine without int'l help - Russian deputy FM VoR 04 May 2014 -- Kiev is unable to establish dialogue with South Eastern Ukraine without international help, new measures are to be taken to put the conflicting parties at the negotiating table, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gregory Karasin said Sunday. 'It appears Kiev cannot establish dialogue without foreign help, the diplomat said, adding that new efforts will be taken to place Kiev authorities and representatives from the South-East of the country to the negotiating table to find a solution to the problems that make people suffer and kill them in various regions of Ukraine.'
- When will Ukraine repay its gas debt? VoR 04 May 2014 -- Ukraine is not ready to fully ensure the transit of Russian gas to the European Union. That's what Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in his comments on the results of recent trilateral talks in Warsaw. Despite repeated violations by Kiev of its gas contract with Russia's Gazprom, the Russian side has honored its obligations in full, he said.
- Yatsenyuk lashes out at Ukrainian law enforcers for failing to stop Odessa violence VoR 04 May 2014 -- Ukraine's acting Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has promised a 'full, comprehensive and independent' investigation into Friday's tragedy in Odessa where dozens of people burnt alive in the House of Trade Unions after clashes with Right Sector extremists. 'I personally accuse the special services of doing nothing to stop clashes,' he said on Sunday.
- Ukraine's Slavyansk fully under siege Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- Ukraine's military has blocked the main road to the eastern city of Slavyansk, tightening its siege on the troubled city.
- Ukraine sacks Odessa police chief following deaths Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- The police chief of the Ukrainian port city of Odessa has been sacked after recent deadly conflicts in the city.
- Ukraine to extend ops in pro-Russian east Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- Ukraine says it will extend its military operation against pro-Russian protesters in the east amid deadly fighting between the two sides.
- Odesa Activists Released After Mob Attacks Police Building RFE/RL 04 May 2014 -- Dozens of pro-Russia activists have been freed from police detention in Ukraine's southern port of Odesa after a crowd of some 2,000 surrounded police headquarters demanding their release.
- Ukraine PM Says Odesa Violence Engineered By Russia RFE/RL 04 May 2014 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has accused Russia of engineering this week's violence in Odesa that left dozens of people dead.
- IAEA team plans to visit Iran nuclear sites: AEOI Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is scheduled to visit two Iran's nuclear sites, an Iranian nuclear official says.
- Iran successfully test-fires missile system Iran Press TV 04 May 2014 -- Iran has successfully test-fired its indigenously designed and manufactured Mersad (Ambush) missile defense system.
- Iran says it has briefed nuclear watchdog on suspected detonators VoR 04 May 2014 -- Iran has provided the UN nuclear watchdog with a report about the use of detonators with military applications, as part of a seven-step accord intended to allay fears about the country's atomic program, Iranian media said on Sunday, as reported by Reuters.
- UAE bans camels import over coronavirus threat VoR 04 May 2014 -- The Ministry for Environment and water resources of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) imposed a temporary ban on import of camels that can be coronavirus carriers, Emarat Al Youm newspaper reported Sunday.
- Everyone is under constant surveillance - Snowden VoR 04 May 2014 -- Edward Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor who has been leaking information about government data collection programs, said Friday before a debate on state surveillance that entire populations, rather than just individuals, now live under constant surveillance.
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