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16 May 2016 Military News

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  • Why Islamic State Militants Care So Much About Sykes-Picot RFE/RL 16 May 2016 -- One hundred years ago, on May 16, 1916, representatives from the United Kingdom and France (with the agreement of Russia) met in secret and signed what has come to be known as the SykesPicot Agreement. The pact, signed amid World War I, divided the Ottoman Empire into spheres of imperial control, and is often held responsible for establishing the current borders of the Middle East.
  • Dy FM: US gov't fails to honor JCPOA commitments IRNA 16 May 2016 -- Deputy Foreign Minister for Euro-American Affairs Majid Takht-e Ravanchi said on Monday that the US government has not properly honored its commitments to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
  • Iran, critical of US illegal action to seize fund, seeks international arbitration IRNA 16 May 2016 -- Special working group composed by President Hassan Rouhani to decide what to do to retake Iranian fund from the US said on Monday that Iran would seek international arbitration to restore its rights.
  • China Silent on 50th Anniversary of Cultural Revolution VOA 16 May 2016 -- Fifty years ago today, the Chinese Communist Party started the country down a path to the Cultural Revolution, which it said would bring about a more just society, but in practice led to complete social and economic disaster.
  • Turkey on Edge as Officials Warn of Islamic State Threats VOA 16 May 2016 -- Turkey went on high alert Monday after intelligence officials warned of possible imminent Islamic State bombing attacks as Turks prepare to celebrate a national holiday.
  • UN rapporteur raps EU-Turkey deal to stop refugees Press TV 16 May 2016 -- The United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of refugees, has strongly denounced a recently signed agreement between the European Union and Turkey over curbing the flow of asylum seekers to Europe.
  • Kenya Sees 3rd Week of Anti-Electoral Commission Rallies VOA 16 May 2016 -- For the third Monday in a month, hundreds of protesters gathered in Nairobi to demand major reforms in the country's electoral commission, starting with the resignation of the commission members. Protests also took place in western Kenya.
  • New Report Alleges Corruption Involving Liberian Officials VOA 16 May 2016 -- The London-based Global Witness organization has released a new report in which it alleges that over $950,000 in bribes and other suspicious payments were made to top Liberian officials by the United Kingdom-based Sable Mining company and its Liberian lawyer, Varney Sherman.
  • CIA 'mistakenly' destroys 6,700-page torture report Press TV 16 May 2016 -- The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has "mistakenly" deleted its only copy of a Senate report into the agency's brutal interrogation techniques.
  • Big Leap: Indian Space Agency Sets Sights on Homemade Space Shuttle Sputnik 16 May 2016 -- The Indian space agency has an ambitious program, and is now taking the first steps towards developing its very own 'space shuttle' program.



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