18 May 2014 Military News
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- US, Israel begin large-scale joint military drill Iran Press TV 18 May 2014 -- US and Israeli military forces begin a massive joint military exercise, dubbed Juniper Cobra, in Israel, according to Israeli officials.
- Swiss Voters Reject $25-an-Hour Minimum Wage, $3.5B Jet Deal VOA 18 May 2014 -- Worried about upsetting Switzerland's strong economy or driving its high costs even higher, more than three-quarters of Swiss voters rejected a plan Sunday to create the world's highest minimum wage and slightly more than half spurned a request to outfit the Swiss Air Force with 22 new fighter jets.
- UK deploys RAF Sentinel to help search for missing schoolgirls UK MOD 18 May 2014 -- The UK has sent an RAF Sentinel to assist the Nigerian government in the search for more than 200 teenage girls.
- Israeli firm wins US Marine Corps' contracts Iran Press TV 18 May 2014 -- The US subsidiary of an Israeli firm has won two contracts to support the upgrade of the US Marine Corps' Bell AH-1W attack helicopter fleet.
- Libyan parliament suspended after attack Iran Press TV 18 May 2014 -- A group led by a retired Libyan general says it has suspended the North African country's parliament after launching an attack against the legislative body.
- Militias loyal to Libyan general attack parliament Iran Press TV 18 May 2014 -- Heavily-armed gunmen have attacked the Libyan parliament in the capital Tripoli with anti-aircraft weapons in an assault claimed by forces loyal to a Libyan general who has vowed to purge the North African country of militants.
- Rogue General's Forces Attack Libyan Parliament VOA 18 May 2014 -- Armed men attacked the building where Libya's parliament was meeting Sunday.
- Gunmen storm Libya parliament setting building on fire VoR 18 May 2014 -- A spokesman for a rogue Libyan general says his forces have attacked parliament to arrest Islamists there, but were met with resistance. Mohammed al-Hegazi, a spokesman for General Khalifa Hiftar, made the comments to Libya's Alahrar television station after heavy gunfire erupted Sunday outside the Libyan parliament. Lawmakers say security officials evacuated them from the building.
- Head of Syria's air defenses killed by militants Iran Press TV 18 May 2014 -- The head of Syria's air defenses has been killed in an attack by foreign-backed Takfiri militants fighting against the Syrian government.
- Syria Air Defense Head Killed; Rebels Take Northern Town VOA 18 May 2014 -- Syria's air defense chief was killed during an offensive by President Bashar al-Assad's forces against rebels east of Damascus, Islamist rebels and a monitoring group said.
- Syria general killed in clashes near Damascus VoR 18 May 2014 -- The head of Syria's Air Defense has been killed in fighting east of Damascus, an Islamist rebel coalition and a monitoring group said on Sunday, according to Reuters.
- UN deploys troops in Somalia to defend staff Iran Press TV 18 May 2014 -- The United Nations says it has deployed its special forces to Somalia in order to protect its staff including aid workers.
- Vietnam Cracks Down on Anti-China Protests VOA 18 May 2014 -- Protests against China's deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam were shut down by police on Sunday. The move follows a week of demonstrations, with some turning violent.
- Fresh clashes erupt in Ukraine Kramatorsk Iran Press TV 18 May 2014 -- Fresh clashes have erupted between Ukraine's National Guard forces and pro-Russians in the city of Kramatorsk in the north of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region.
- Ukraine Election Officials Voice Concern Over Election RFE/RL 18 May 2014 -- Ukraine's Central Election Commission has expressed fears it may be impossible to hold next weekend's presidential election in the country's restive east.
- Unrest Continues as Ukraine Preps for Presidential Vote VOA 18 May 2014 -- One week before Ukraine holds a national election, unrest and separatist fervor remain strong in the country's eastern areas. The Obama administration is stressing the importance of the May 25 vote, even as Ukraine's full participation remains in doubt.
- Anger But Not Separatism in Odessa VOA 18 May 2014 -- Emotions continue to run high in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, two weeks after dozens of pro-Russian activists were killed in a fire that their supporters blame on competing protesters from the pro-Europe movement.
- Ukraine's National Guard radicals shoot dead 10 soldiers who wished to side with federalists - people's mayor VoR 18 May 2014 -- National Guard militants have shot dead ten soldiers who wanted to defect to self-defense volunteer forces in the town of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, Stella Khorosheva, the official spokeswoman for Slavyansk People's Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told the RIA Novosti news agency by telephone on Sunday.
- Washington to spend over $300 mln on largest intelligence hub outside US VoR 18 May 2014 -- Washington is planning to spend $317 million to convert its military base in the UK into the largest spying center outside the United States, the Independent reported on Sunday.
- Ailing Space Telescope Getting 2nd Chance VOA 16 May 2014 -- After being declared inoperable last year, NASA's planet-hunting space telescope Kepler has been given a second life.
- Nuclear talks not failed: Araqchi IRNA 18 May 2014 -- Nuclear talks between Iran and the six countries have not failed and will continue in the near future, senior Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying by lawmaker Hojjatollah Khodaei Souri on Sunday.
- IAEA inspectors to visit Iran for talks to tackle 'remaining concerns' about Tehran's nuclear program VoR 18 May 2014 -- A senior inspector from the UN atomic energy is due on Monday in Iran for talks with officials aimed at tackling 'remaining concerns' about Tehran's nuclear program, media reported, according to AFP.
- Profound Consolation and Apology Expressed to Bereaved Families of Victims of Construction Accident KCNA 18 May 2014 -- It is the consistent stand of the Workers' Party of Korea and the state to prioritize the interests and conveniences of the people and hold them absolute and protect their lives and properties.
- N. Korea Allows Unusual Family Reunion for US Doctor VOA 18 May 2014 -- In an extremely rare move, North Korea has allowed a Korean-American doctor to bring part of his sister's cremated remains to the United States for burial.
- Southern Africa Poll Group Expects Peaceful Malawi Election VOA 18 May 2014 -- The deputy leader of the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) Parliamentary Forum poll observer mission says Malawi's Electoral Commission has assured the group it has made adequate preparations to administer the country's first tripartite elections on Tuesday.
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