25 May 2014 Military News
- Remarks by the President to the Troops at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan The White House 25 May 2014
- Obama Visits U.S. Troops, Leaders in Afghanistan AFPS 25 May 2014 -- President Barack Obama marked Memorial Day with a visit to U.S. leaders and service members at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
- Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan VOA 25 May 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has left Afghanistan after a 4-hour surprise visit to see American troops during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
- US spying revelations anger Afghan government Iran Press TV 25 May 2014 -- The Afghan government has voiced anger at the US for allegedly monitoring almost all the country's domestic and international phone calls after revelations by the whistleblower website, WikiLeaks.
Defense Policy / Programs
- No talks on Iran's missile capability, says Defense Minister ISNA 25 May 2014 -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan said the country's missile capabilities are not negotiable.
- Iran unveils two new indigenous defense achievements Iran Press TV 25 May 2014 -- Iran has unveiled two new domestically designed and produced pieces of military equipment during a ceremony attended by senior military officials.
- Chinese fleet visits Nigeria People's Daily 25 May 2014 -- A visiting Chinese fleet of the 16th naval escort squad sent by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy arrived here Saturday for a four-day friendship visit to Nigeria.
- Press Gaggle By Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, 5/25/2014 The White House 25 May 2014
- China, Japan Accuse Each Other of 'Dangerous' Flight Activities VOA 25 May 2014 -- Japan and China have accused each other's air forces of 'dangerous' behavior over disputed waters in the East China Sea.
- Japan accuses China of 'dangerous' manoeuvres above disputed East China Sea VoR 25 May 2014 -- Japan on Sunday accused China of 'dangerous' manoeuvres above the disputed East China Sea after a Chinese fighter flew within roughly 30 metres (100 feet) of a Japanese military aircraft.
- Syria: UN humanitarian chief condemns attack on warehouse during aid distribution UN News Centre 25 May 2014 -- The United Nations humanitarian chief today expressed outrage at a deliberate attack on a humanitarian warehouse in the Damascus province of Syria, which occurred as aid workers were preparing to distribute urgently needed supplies to hundreds of families in the besieged city.
- Syria army tightens noose around militants Iran Press TV 25 May 2014 -- Syria's army has tightened the noose around foreign-backed Takfiri militants fighting against the government, inflicting heavy losses on them.
- New Libyan cabinet wins confidence vote Iran Press TV 25 May 2014 -- The proposed cabinet of Libya's new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq has won a confidence vote from the parliament.
- Statement by the President on Elections in Ukraine The White House 25 May 2014
- Poroshenko Declares Victory In Ukraine Vote; Runoff Likely Averted RFE/RL 25 May 2014 -- Confectionery tycoon Petro Poroshenko has declared victory in Ukraine's presidential election with exit polls indicating he secured an absolute majority in the first round of voting.
- Exit Polls: Poroshenko Wins Ukraine Presidential Vote VOA 25 May 2014 -- Former foreign minister Petro Poroshenko appeared to have won the Ukrainian presidency with more than half the votes cast - avoiding the need for a runoff, according to two polls of voters as they left polling stations Sunday.
- Poroshenko leads presidential race with over 55% of votes - exit polls VoR 25 May 2014 -- Pyotr Poroshenko, a business tycoon and member of Ukraine's parliament, is winning the presidential elections in Ukraine with 55.9% of the vote, according to exit poll data, ITAR-TASS reports. His closes rival, Yulia Timoshenko, the leader of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, received over 12% of the vote.
- Snapshot: Who Is Petro Poroshenko? RFE/RL 25 May 2014 -- Petro Poroshenko, whose fortune is estimated at some $1.3 billion, is one of the richest men in Ukraine and best known as the owner of the popular Roshen brand of chocolates. But the 48-year-old future president is also a savvy and experienced politician, who has held ministerial posts in several of Ukraine's governments in the past 15 years.
- Displaced From Crimea, Voting On The Mainland RFE/RL 25 May 2014 -- It wasn't so much the armed troops on Crimea's streets that led Anton Plitus to leave his homeland shortly after Russia annexed the peninsula. Instead, it was what he described as an atmosphere of hatred and intolerance.
- Voices From Ukraine's 'Borderlands': Fears Of 'Chaos' Bring People To The Polls RFE/RL 25 May 2014 -- Bardak, or chaos, seemed to be the buzzword in this agricultural town of 7,500, as a small but steady stream of people cast their ballots in Ukraine's presidential elections.
- Interview: Russia Watcher Lucas Says 'Tide Has Turned A Bit' For Ukraine RFE/RL 25 May 2014 -- There are still plenty of ways Russia can continue to meddle in Ukraine's affairs. But with Petro Poroshenko'v apparent victory in the May 25 presidential election amid a solid turnout, Kyiv may have turned a corner. .
- Ukraine Votes In Crucial Presidential Election RFE/RL 25 May 2014 -- Voting is under way in Ukraine's presidential election, three months after the ouster of the country's pro-Russia leader.
- Ukraine Votes In Presidential Election RFE/RL 25 May 2014 -- Ukraine votes in a presidential election on May 25. Authorities hope the election can help resolve a confrontation with Russia that has split the country with pro-Russian separatists in control of much of two eastern regions, Donetsk and Luhansk.
- Medvedev arrives in Crimea on his second visit in two months VoR 25 May 2014 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has arrived for a two-day working trip to Crimea on Sunday, according to ITAR-TASS. This trip is Medvedev's second one after Crimea's accession to Russia in March. On March 31, he held an offsite meeting of the Russian government on the peninsula.
- Putin says Russia-China ties enter new stage People's Daily 25 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this week in Shanghai marked that Russia-China relations have entered a new stage, and that the two countries will roll out all-around cooperation.
- China calls for joint efforts to deepen China-Russia strategic economic cooperation People's Daily 25 May 2014 -- Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao on Saturday called for joint efforts of China and Russia to further deepen their strategic economic cooperation.
- Anti-coup protests grow in Thailand's capital despite ban VoR 25 May 2014 -- Over a thousand Thai anti-coup protesters marched across the capital Bangkok Sunday, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, as opposition to a military takeover of the country gathered strength despite junta warnings to end rallies. Protesters shouting 'Get Out!' made their way across the city cheered by onlookers, after a tense standoff with armed soldiers in the city's retail heart as demonstrations swelled to the largest expression of dissent since the army seized power on Thursday.
- Thai Military Focuses on Economy, Warns Anti-Coup Protesters VOA 25 May 2014 -- Thailand's military took its first steps toward revitalizing a battered economy and warned protesters they will not tolerate any further rallies against its coup after a series of clashes between soldiers and protesters across the country on Sunday.
- Army warns defiant Thai anti-coup demonstrators Iran Press TV 25 May 2014 -- Thai military junta has warned demonstrators that it will not bear any further rallies against its coup amid protests in the capital Bangkok.
- As deadline passes, UN chief urges Lebanon to elect president without delay UN News Centre 25 May 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today regretted that the Lebanese Parliament was unable to elect a new president within the timeframe set by the constitution and called on the country's leaders to select a new one "without delay".
- Poland's Last Communist Leader Wojciech Jaruzelski Dies VOA 25 May 2014 -- Poland's last communist leader, Wojciech Jaruzelski, has died at the age of 90.
- France's nationalists triumphant in EU vote - exit polls VoR 25 May 2014 -- France's far-right National Front was projected on Sunday to win European Parliament elections in France with around 25 percent of the vote, with President Francois Hollande's Socialists in third place behind the center-right UMP, three exit polls showed.
- MERS death toll in S Arabia rises to 179: Officials Iran Press TV 25 May 2014 -- The death toll caused by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia has risen to at least 179, Saudi authorities say.
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