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  • 19 May 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 19 May 2014
  • Libyan elite unit joins retired general's forces Iran Press TV 19 May 2014 -- Libya is bracing for greater chaos as more troops are joining the forces commanded by retired General Khalifa Haftar.
  • Calling for end to violent turmoil in Libya, UN urges peaceful settlement of differences UN News Centre 19 May 2014 -- The United Nations mission in Libya today voiced deep concern over the recent violence in the country, and called on all sides to address differences through political means and on authorities to quickly address the lawlessness.
  • Libya Condemns Rogue General's Attack on Parliament VOA 19 May 2014 -- Libya's army chief ordered the deployment of Islamist-led militias to the capital Tripoli on Monday in response to the storming of parliament by forces loyal to a renegade ex-general. The move paves the way for a possible showdown between rival militia fighters.
  • Syrian Opposition's Defense Minister Resigns – Report RIA Novosti 19 May 2014 -- The Syrian opposition government's Minister of Defense Asaad Mustafa has resigned, TV news channel Al-Arabiya reported Monday.
  • Nearly 8% of Chemical Weapons Remain in Syria – OPCW RIA Novosti 19 May 2014 -- Syria is still in possession of nearly 8 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal, the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told reporters on Monday.
  • China Evacuates Thousands from Vietnam VOA 19 May 2014 -- Thousands of Chinese workers are being evacuated from Vietnam by ship following anti-China rioting last week that left two people dead and more than 140 injured.
  • Chinese ships ferrying evacuees home from Vietnamese port People's Daily 19 May 2014 -- VUNG ANG, Vietnam, May 19 -- Some 4,000 Chinese nationals affected in the recent anti-foreign violence in Vietnam are heading home Monday from this central Vietnamese port.
  • China evacuates citizens from Vietnam Iran Press TV 19 May 2014 -- Thousands of Chinese nationals have been evacuated from Vietnam amid growing tensions over territorial disputes between the two countries.
  • Separatists and sceptics: refugees divided on future of northern Mali IRIN 19 May 2014 -- Fighting has once again escalated in northern Mali's Kidal region, with clashes between Tuareg separatists and the army reportedly killing 36 people on 16 and 17 May. Despite the failure of the 2012 rebellion in northern Mali and the loss of most of the territory they briefly laid claim to, Tuareg separatists say the fight for an independent territory of Azawad is not over. Activists from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) now living as refugees in neighbouring Burkina Faso say their original demands still stand.
  • Children need more support at Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp IRIN 19 May 2014 -- Physical space and timely protection support for children are among the most pressing needs in northwestern Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp amid a continuing flood of people, for the most part minors, fleeing conflict in South Sudan.
  • Security Council, Ban commend Guinea-Bissau as electors count ballots UN News Centre 19 May 2014 -- With ballot counting underway in Guinea Bissau's presidential run-off, the United Nations Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the successful conclusion of the second round of voting and urged the political parties to peacefully address any grievances arising from the elections through the appropriate channels.
  • Mali Deploys More Troops to Rebel Stronghold VOA 19 May 2014 -- Tensions are mounting in the northern Malian town of Kidal as the government deployed more troops there Monday, after fighting between soldiers and Tuareg MNLA rebels killed at least 36 people during the weekend. Renewed hostilities could affect talks being organized between the rebels and the government.
  • IRC: Be Generous to South Sudan VOA 19 May 2014 -- Representatives from donor countries begin meeting in Oslo Tuesday to decide how much aid to give to South Sudan. The meeting follows more than five months of conflict in the country. The International Rescue is calling on donors to be generous to help relieve rising malnutrition, especially among children.
  • UN Warns of Looming Food Crisis in Somalia VOA 19 May 2014 -- The United Nations warns that Somalia is at risk of another famine due to drought, rising food prices and the lingering threat posed by al-Shabab militants. The U.N. says a funding shortfall is forcing agencies to scale down humanitarian work when it is needed most.
  • Serbian ex-army chief Mladic launches defense case at UN genocide trial VoR 19 May 2014 -- Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic's defense case opened at the Yugoslav war crimes court on Monday, with the testimony of a former Serb army officer who claimed he was never ordered to fire on civilians in the besieged Bosnian capital during the country's bloody war. The officer, Mile Sladoje, told the three-judge panel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where Mladic faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, that his troops 'never were snipers' during the notorious 1990s siege in which 10,000 people died.

News Reports

  • Thai Army Declares Martial Law, But Says It's Not a Coup VOA 19 May 2014 -- Thailand's Army Chief has declared martial law following months of political turmoil, but insists he is not seizing power through a military coup. In the capital, Bangkok, troops moved in to take up positions at the main political rally sites, television stations, and key transport routes to the city.
  • Ukraine neo-Nazis at war with civilians: Putin Iran Press TV 19 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused "neo-Nazi forces" fighting against pro-Moscow activists in Ukraine of waging a war against civilians.
  • Russia urges Kiev to withdraw troops from E Ukraine Iran Press TV 19 May 2014 -- Russia has urged the interim government in Kiev to immediately withdraw its troops from eastern Ukraine while ordering the end of drills by Russian forces in regions bordering Ukraine.
  • Humanitarian situation in E Ukraine worsening: UN Iran Press TV 19 May 2014 -- The United Nations has warned of a worsening humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine amid continued assaults by the army on pro-Russian protesters.
  • Russia Ready to Discuss Gas Discounts if Ukraine Pays April Debt RIA Novosti 19 May 2014 -- Russia is prepared to discuss energy discounts after Kiev pays its April 1 bill for Russian natural gas, which Ukraine and the European Commission have confirmed stands at $2.2 billion, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Monday.
  • Ukraine Official: 32 Victims of Odessa Violence Possibly Poisoned VOA 19 May 2014 -- A top Ukrainian Interior Ministry official said Monday that 32 pro-Russian protesters who perished in the Odessa trade union building that burned down during violence in the southern Ukrainian port city earlier this month may have been poisoned with chloroform.
  • U.S. And NATO Say No Russian Troop Withdrawal RFE/RL 19 May 2014 -- The United States and NATO say they've seen no sign Russian troops have moved away from the border with Ukraine, after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had ordered such a move.
  • Putin Orders Troops to Return to Permanent Bases After Drills Near Ukraine RIA Novosti 19 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the return of all troops involved in drills in the Rostov, Belgorod, and Bryansk regions on the border with Ukraine to their permanent bases, the Kremlin said.
  • Kyiv's Bid To Ban Communist Party Could Provoke 'Radical Opposition' RFE/RL 19 May 2014 -- Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov has asked the Justice Ministry to evaluate evidence of illegal activities by the Ukrainian Communist Party and to consider banning it.
  • Putin Orders Troops Away from Ukraine Border VOA 19 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops he said were staging military drills in areas near Ukraine to return to their home bases.
  • Ukraine Standoff has Worldwide Implications VOA 19 May 2014 -- The continuing East-West standoff over Ukraine is being watched closely elsewhere in Europe and around the world, where the United States and its allies are trying to convince various countries to modify their policies.
  • Lugansk People's Republic turns to UN for recognition VoR 19 May 2014 -- The parliament of the self-proclaimed 'Lugansk People's Republic' has sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon requesting recognition of the republic's sovereignty and independence. 'We are convinced that it is our natural right deriving from the founding international documents to refer an appeal of the people of the Lugansk People's Republic to the international community and request that recognition of our state system be considered,' the letter says.
  • Chloroform found in Odessa House of Unions - Ukrainian Interior Ministry VoR 19 May 2014 -- Chloroform was discovered in the House of Unions in Odesa, where several dozen people were killed in flames on May 2, chief of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Main Investigative Department Vitaly Sakal announced.
  • Ukrainian servicemen in Donetsk region left to mercy of fate – reports VoR 19 May 2014 -- Ukrainian servicemen deployed at roadblocks near the town of Krasnoarmeysk in the eastern Donetsk have been left by their commanders 'to the mercy of fate'.
  • Russia Orders Troops Back, Calls For 'Rethinking' Ties With West RFE/RL 19 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops stationed near Ukraine's border to return to their home bases.
  • China warns N Korea against fourth nuclear test - sources VoR 19 May 2014 -- China has used various diplomatic channels to warn North Korea not to conduct a fourth nuclear test, multiple China-based diplomatic sources told Reuters, after the reclusive state renewed its threat of 'counter-measures' against perceived US hostility.
  • Kim Jong Un Looks round Taesongsan General Hospital KCNA 19 May 2014 -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, together with Ri Sol Ju went round the Taesongsan General Hospital.
  • Nuclear talks will result in final deal: Rouhani Iran Press TV 19 May 2014 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has expressed optimism that the ongoing nuclear negotiations with the Sextet of world powers will result in a final agreement.
  • Statement by Attorney General Eric Holder on the Conviction of Abu Hamza al-Masri US Dept. of Justice 19 May 2014
  • New York Jury Convicts Islamic Preacher of Terror-Related Charges VOA 19 May 2014 -- A federal jury in New York has convicted former London-based radical Islamic preacher Abu Hamza on all 11 counts of providing material support to terrorists.
  • Iraq PM coalition gains most parliamentary seats Iran Press TV 19 May 2014 -- A coalition led by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has won the most seats in the country's April 30 parliamentary polls.
  • Iraq: Ban welcomes initial parliamentary election results UN News Centre 19 May 2014 -- Welcoming the announcement of the initial results of Iraq's Council of Representatives election, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today looked forward to the final tally and subsequent timely formation of a new government.
  • Shutdown of US GPS Stations No Threat to Russian Satellite Projects RIA Novosti 19 May 2014 -- Moscow's decision to shut down 11 US GPS ground stations located on Russian territory will not affect the ERA-Glonass accident response project and other satellite services currently employing GPS signals, the national navigation services provider NIS Glonass said Monday.
  • UN humanitarian chief rallies support for flood-hit Balkan regions UN News Centre 19 May 2014 -- Deeply concerned by the devastating floods in the Balkans – days of rainfall have reportedly submerged entire villages and triggered landslides across the region – the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator is rallying the international community to provide speedy assistance that can help save lives and put people on the road to recovery.
  • In Shanghai, Ban urges China's continued support for sustainable development UN News Centre 19 May 2014 -- The partnership between the United Nations and China was in the spotlight today in Shanghai where just-arrived Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with President Xi Jinping and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi before outlining key global challenges at the city's premiere institute for the study of international politics, economy and security strategy.



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