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29 April 2015 Military News

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  • Saudi king ousts crown prince, foreign minister IRNA 29 Apr 2015 -- King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia replaced his crown prince and foreign minister, in a dramatic reshuffling of his top officials, it was reported on Wednesday.
  • Saudi King Makes Abrupt Shuffle of Successors, Top Positions VOA 29 Apr 2015 -- Saudi Arabia's king made a series of dramatic shuffles to the country's line of succession Wednesday, amid a wave of turmoil in the Arab world and what analysts say are growing questions about Salman's weeks-old reign.
  • Saudi King Appoints New Crown Prince, Foreign Minister VOA 29 Apr 2015 -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz reshuffled a number of top posts Wednesday, including naming his nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the new crown prince.
  • Abe Addresses US Congress, Dogged by Wartime Issues VOA 29 Apr 2015 -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has become the first Japanese leader to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. Abe highlighted the strong bonds between Japan and the United States and expressed support for a proposed Pacific trade agreement. But some Asian-American lawmakers expressed bitter disappointment that Abe failed to apologize to women his country sexually enslaved during World War II.
  • Japan's Abe Offers 'Repentance' on WWII VOA 29 Apr 2015 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday expressed 'deep repentance' over Japan's role in World War II, even as he declared Tokyo's emergence as a global security player in the face of China's rising power in Asia.
  • Marshal cargo ship seized by judicial arrest warrant IRNA 29 Apr 2015 -- Following seizure of Marshal Islands flag-carrier cargo ship, Iranian Navigation and Ports Organization said in a statement that the vessel belonged to MAERSK shipping line and it was seized by Iranian coastguards on Court of Justice decree on April 28.
  • Seizing merchant ship in Iranian waters in conformity with int'l law IRNA 29 Apr 2015 -- Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday that seizing of a commercial ship with Marshal Islands' flag in Iranian water on Tuesday was in conformity with the international law.
  • Iran says seizure of ship a legal matter ISNA 29 Apr 2015 -- Iran seized a cargo ship in the Persian Gulf because the company operating the vessel owed an outstanding debt to an Iranian private company which it is refusing to pay, an official said.
  • GOP hawks challenge Pentagon over Marshal Island-flagged vessel seizure Press TV 29 Apr 2015 -- US Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have challenged a Pentagon statement which says the US has no military obligation to defend Marshall Island-flagged vessels, saying Iran's seizure of the cargo is a "deliberate provocation" against America.
  • Seizure of Maersk ship no violation of maritime rules: Iran Press TV 29 Apr 2015 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham has defended as legal Iran's decision to impound a cargo ship in the Persian Gulf, saying the vessel was seized by Iranian Navy forces based on a court decision.
  • Iran Calls Cargo Ship Interception a Commercial Issue VOA 29 Apr 2015 -- Iran's foreign minister said the interception of a cargo ship Tuesday in Iranian waters was a commercial legal matter, not a security or political issue.
  • Iran Seizes Cargo Ship In 'Provocative' Move RFE/RL 29 Apr 2015 -- Iranian patrol boats intercepted a cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz April 28 and forced it into Iranian territorial waters by firing shots across its bow.
  • Zarif stresses NPT role for N. disarmament, peaceful use of N. energy ISNA 29 Apr 2015 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed the NPT role as a fundamental basis of an international regime for nuclear disarmament and improving peaceful use of nuclear energy.
  • Iran's Zarif: Nuclear deal opportunity should not be wasted Press TV 29 Apr 2015 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the opportunity for achieving a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries "should not be wasted."
  • Iranian FM Says Committed to Getting Final Nuclear Deal VOA 29 Apr 2015 -- Iran's foreign minister said a nuclear deal between his country and the six major world powers is an 'opportunity that should not be missed.' Speaking at New York University on Wednesday, Mohammad Javad Zarif also addressed the seizure of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday.
  • Iran says will stand against chaos instigators in Middle East Press TV 29 Apr 2015 -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says Iran is determined to counter "the Takfiri-Zionist currents" instigating chaos and instability in the Middle East.
  • Senate rejects amendment to Iran bill, not considering Iran deal treaty Press TV 29 Apr 2015 -- The US Senate has voted against an amendment to a bill requiring a possible nuclear agreement with Iran to be reviewed by Congress.
  • Iraq's Shiite cleric says U.S. defense bill may split Iraq People's Daily 29 Apr 2015 -- Iraq's firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday threatened to hit the U.S. interests in and out of Iraq over a proposed defense bill yet to be approved by the U.S., which he said could divide Iraq.
  • Iraqi cleric warns US Congress against sectarian bill Press TV 29 Apr 2015 -- Influential Iraqi Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has warned US Congress against passing a controversial bill recognizing the Sunnis and Kurds in Iraq as separate countries.
  • Envoy: Russians Preparing for Kim Jong Un Visit VOA 29 Apr 2015 -- A Russian diplomat in Pyongyang has confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un accepted Moscow's invitation to Russia's Victory Day, the Brazilian ambassador to Pyongyang said.
  • German Government Accused of Lying to Parliament Over Spy Claims Sputnik 29 Apr 2015 -- The German Government has been accused of lying to its parliament, the Bundestag, when it denied any knowledge of collusion between its intelligence agency and the US National Security Agency in economic espionage.
  • Bill to Modify NSA Mass Spying on Citizens Reintroduced to US Congress Sputnik 29 Apr 2015 -- A group of US lawmakers have reintroduced to the House of Representatives and Senate the USA Freedom Act, a bill that would prohibit the National Security Agency (NSA) from bulk collection of US citizen communications metadata without a warrant.
  • Lukashenka Calls Belarus 'Island Of Stability And Order' RFE/RL 29 Apr 2015 -- Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says his country 'remains an island of stability and order' even as it 'smells of war again in Europe.'
  • New UN special envoy on Ebola response makes first visit to Sierra Leone UN News 29 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said that surveillance and community engagement still require improvement in some areas of Guinea and Sierra Leone where new cases continued to surface, a day after the new Special Representative for UN Ebola Response, Peter Graff, was informed of a continued transmission epicentre on the border between those two countries.
  • Vaccination teams defeat 'Ebola effect' in Guinea IRIN 29 Apr 2015 -- The odds were stacked against Guinea's vaccination teams. The initial side effects of the measles vaccine can easily be mistaken for the first symptoms of hemorraghic fever and a false rumour had spread blaming the distribution of deworming pills in late 2013 for bringing Ebola into the country.
  • Mission Over: Progress Cargo Vessel Begins Spinning Out of Orbit Sputnik 29 Apr 2015 -- The Progress cargo vessel that failed to dock with the ISS has begun a gradual uncontrolled descent from its orbit, a source in the Russian space industry said Wednesday.
  • Progress Cargo Vessel Docking With Space Station Canceled Sputnik 29 Apr 2015 -- The docking of the Progress cargo vessel with the International Space Station has been called off and the vessel may continue spinning in space until it drops into the Earth's atmosphere and burns up, a rocket space industry source told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
  • A Sticky Situation For Poroshenko As Russians Seize Candy Assets RFE/RL 29 Apr 2015 -- The past year alone saw one of the confection industry's largest acquisitions, with the Swiss-based chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli spending upward of $1.4 billion to purchase U.S. candymaker Russell Stover. But nearly a year after it went on the market, there are no such sweet deals for Roshen, the confectionery owned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
  • Nazarbaev Starts Fifth Term After Landslide Win In Criticized Vote RFE/RL 29 Apr 2015 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev was sworn in to his fifth term on April 29, just three days after his landslide victory in an election criticized by international observers.
  • Nepal earthquake: UK aid response UK MOD 29 Apr 2015 -- Latest updates and summary of the UK's humanitarian repsonse to the Nepal earthquake.
  • UN and partners launch $415 million appeal to aid quake-stricken Nepal UN News 29 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations today launched a $415 million emergency appeal to provide vital relief to people affected by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the densely populated Kathmandu Valley in Nepal on Saturday, killing at least 5,000, injuring at least 10,000 more.
  • Neighbors Respond With Silence to Burundi Protests VOA 29 Apr 2015 -- The East Africa region has responded with deafening silence to protests across Burundi against President Pierre Nkurunziza, which entered their fourth day Wednesday.
  • Togo Opposition Rejects President's Win VOA 29 Apr 2015 -- In Togo, the opposition is challenging the provisional results from Saturday's presidential poll. Those results show President Faure Gnassingbe winning a third term.

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