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13 May 2015 Military News

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  • US House Passes Surveillance Reform Bill to Rein In NSA VOA 13 May 2015 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed legislation that both extends the Patriot Act passed after the September 11th terrorist attacks and ends the bulk collection of the phone data of millions of Americans.
  • Are You Being Swept Up in US Intelligence Surveillance? VOA 13 May 2015 -- As U.S. lawmakers debate whether to continue an American spy agency's massive collection of telephone metadata or approve a less intrusive version, experts say the program may not be as critical as it was once thought to be.
  • Burundi: UN chief urges calm amid country's political crisis UN News 13 May 2015 -- Amid reports of political upheaval in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called urgently today on all parties in the country to exercise calm and restraint, and reminded the country's leaders of the need to preserve peace and stability.
  • Expert: General Behind Burundi Coup is Well Respected VOA 13 May 2015 -- The man behind Burundi's apparent May 13 coup, Major-General Godefroid Niyombare, is well known and respected, according to an expert in the region.
  • Burundi president overthrown: Top general Press TV 13 May 2015 -- Amid escalating tensions in the African state of Burundi, a top general announces the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
  • Burundi's Interior Minister Denies Coup VOA 13 May 2015 -- A top Burundian official is dismissing claims of a coup by a renegade general.
  • Obama Hails US-Saudi Ties VOA 13 May 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and Saudi Arabia have an "extraordinary friendship" that dates back to former U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, more than seven decades ago.
  • Russia's Vnesheconombank To Back Suspect In Spy Case RFE/RL 13 May 2015 -- A bank owned by Russia will pay the legal costs for a banker charged with participating in a Cold War-style Russian spy ring, his lawyer said May 12.
  • German Spy Chief to Testify Next Week in NSA Snooping Scandal Sputnik 13 May 2015 -- German intelligence chief Gerhard Schindler will testify next week before the parliament's investigative committee on the expanse of cooperation between the national spying agency BND and its US counterpart NSA, German parliament Bundestag announced Wednesday.
  • 44 killed as gunmen attack passenger bus in Pakistan's Karachi People's Daily 13 May 2015 -- At least 44 people were killed and 11 others injured when gunmen opened fire at a passenger bus carrying about 60 to 65 people of a minority group in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Wednesday morning, local media and officials said.
  • More Than 40 Killed After Gunmen Attack Bus In Karachi RFE/RL 13 May 2015 -- Gunmen have opened fire on a bus carrying members of the minority Ismaili sect in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, killing at least 43 people in an attack that drew swift condemnation from the Pakistani government, India, and the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community.
  • Questions Raised Over Poroshenko's Role In Valuable Kyiv Land Deal RFE/RL 13 May 2015 -- An investigation by RFE/RL shows that Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko may have used his presidential influence to shut down investigations into a land deal aimed at building a private mansion on a historic site in the Ukrainian capital.
  • Rights Groups Lament Silence On Andijon 10 Years After Massacre RFE/RL 13 May 2015 -- Ten years after the Andijon massacre in Uzbekistan, rights activists say the regime of Uzbek President Islam Karimov has frightened witnesses into silence -- including those who have sought refuge as exiles abroad.
  • Malaysia and Thailand leave migrant boats adrift IRIN 13 May 2015 -- As Europe focuses on the migrants in the Mediterranean, another humanitarian crisis is playing out on a stretch of water between the Andaman Sea and the Strait of Malacca in Southeast Asia. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants have been deserted by smugglers and left adrift for days without food or water.



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