04 July 2014 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- HMS Queen Elizabeth is named UK MOD 04 Jul 2014 -- History was made today as Her Majesty The Queen officially named the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier.
- Her Majesty the Queen names UK's future flagship BAE Systems 04 Jul 2014 -- Her Majesty the Queen has officially named the UK's newest aircraft carrier today at Rosyth, near Edinburgh, in a spectacular ceremony celebrating British naval capability.
- CIS defense ministers agree to boost technological, military ties VoR 04 Jul 2014 -- Officials of the Defense Ministries of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan attended a meeting of the CIS Defense Ministers' Council in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, TASS reports.
- Xi Slams Japan's 'Barbaric' Militarists VOA 04 Jul 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has denounced what he called Japan's 'barbaric' colonial aggression against China and Korea as he continues his two-day visit to Seoul.
- Xi, Park share concerns over Japan's constitution reinterpretation People's Daily 04 Jul 2014 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping shared concerns over Japan's reinterpretation of its pacifist constitution during their luncheon meeting, the South Korean presidential office said Friday.
- U.S. Voices Support For United Iraq RFE/RL 04 Jul 2014 -- The United States has voiced its support for a united Iraq after the leader of Iraq's Kurdish region called for an independence referendum.
- Iraqi Air Strikes Target Islamic Militants RFE/RL 04 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi officials say air strikes have killed as many as 30 insurgents trying to capture the country's largest oil refinery.
- Iraq: Amid massive displacement, UN agencies move to combat spread of communicable diseases UN News Centre 04 Jul 2014 -- United Nations relief agencies and their partners working amid the ongoing turmoil and massive population displacement in Iraq are scaling up their healthcare responses, with a major polio vaccination campaign in Baghdad, and efforts to help relieve the "immense burden" on the existing healthcare system in Kurdistan.
- Online Campaign Suggests ISIL Has Sympathizers Worldwide VOA 04 Jul 2014 -- Analysts and security experts are expressing mounting fears that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may be gaining international support following the launch of its "One Billion Muslims" campaign last month. Some are especially troubled that some of that support is coming from Muslims in the West.
- Biden Speaks With Ukraine's Poroshenko RFE/RL 04 Jul 2014 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has spoken with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
- Poroshenko Says Ready For Peace Talks July 5 RFE/RL 04 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has told EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton he's ready to convene new European-mediated crisis talks with separatist leaders and Russian officials July 5.
- Russia Urges Kiev to Stop Attacking Civilian Targets, Using Violent Methods RIA Novosti 04 Jul 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry called on Kiev Friday to stop attacking civilian targets and residential districts and to refrain from trying to resolve problems solely by force.
- Luhansk Leader Says Republic's Government Dismissed RIA Novosti 04 Jul 2014 -- The government of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) has been dismissed, according to a corresponding decree made by the head of the republic, Valery Bolotov, posted on the LPR's website Friday.
- UN rights chief urges all sides in eastern Ukraine to 'turn away from destructive path' UN News Centre 04 Jul 2014 -- Amid fresh deadly clashes in eastern Ukraine, destruction of civilian infrastructure and "utterly reprehensible" incitement to violence targeting women and underage girls, the United Nations human rights chief today urged all sides to engage in dialogue and "turn away from the destructive path" towards which they are leading the crisis-torn region.
- Sri Lanka's rehabilitated ex-combatants struggle to adjust IRIN 04 Jul 2014 -- Five years after the end of a 26-year civil war, most former combatants from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in northern Sri Lanka have been rehabilitated and re-entered civilian life, but whether war-disabled or not, many are finding genuine integration difficult, according to rehabilitees, government officials and humanitarian workers.
- UN refugee agency warns Sudan over forced return of Eritrean asylum seekers UN News Centre 04 Jul 2014 -- Sudan has forced dozens of Eritrean refugees and other asylum seekers to return to their home country, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today, warning that the recent deportations are "an act of repression" and could place the lives and liberty of those expelled at risk.
- Heavy rains, ongoing violence push South Sudan towards 'hunger catastrophe', warns UN agency UN News Centre 04 Jul 2014 -- Already working hard to get supplies to people in South Sudan cut off by flooded roads, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that the rains, as well as the ongoing fighting, are pushing the country towards a "hunger catastrophe".
- Putin Tells Obama Russia, US Should Cooperate to Protect Global Stability RIA Novosti 04 Jul 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday congratulated his US counterpart Barack Obama on Independence Day and said Russia and the US share the responsibility of protecting global security and stability, and should cooperate to the benefit of the world.
- US closes out no-spy deal with Germany VoR 04 Jul 2014 -- The United States will not sign a no-spying agreement with Germany as it attempts to settle the diplomatic fallout from the US National Security Agency's surveillance on Chancellor Angela Merkel, a White House official said Thursday. 'We're not going to have a no-spy agreement,' deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said in response to a question from dpa, during a White House briefing with foreign media. 'We don't have no-spy agreements with any country.' Rhodes said it would 'just take time and a healing process through dialogue' to address the issue, but that the US had to find a balance between fresh limits on espionage and the need to gather intelligence.
- Ebola: UN agency to help West Africa coordinate response to 'unprecedented' outbreak UN News Centre 04 Jul 2014 -- West African countries and international health authorities at a United Nations-backed emergency summit have adopted a strategy covering a range or priorities, including strengthening cross-border collaboration, to combat the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, which has killed hundreds of people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
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