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18 April 2018 Military News

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  • Trump Reverses Self on Why He Fired FBI Chief VOA 18 Apr 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that he did not fire former FBI chief James Comey last year because he was heading the agency's probe of Russian links to his 2016 election campaign, a contention directly conflicting with what he said days after he had ousted him.
  • Trump denies Russia investigation was behind Comey firing Press TV 18 Apr 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has denied firing FBI director James Comey last year over the agency's investigation of Russia's alleged collusion with Trump's election campaign before the 2016 US presidential election, contradicting the explanation he offered in the days after Comey's firing was first announced.
  • Trump Asserts He Did Not Fire FBI Chief Over Russia Probe RFE/RL 18 Apr 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he did not fire James Comey as FBI director in 2017 over the agency's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the election that put him in office.
  • Chemical watchdog confirms UK findings on Salisbury nerve agent UN News 18 Apr 2018 -- A technical team sent by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the United Kingdom has identified toxic agents consistent with the UK's initial investigation, the top United Nations disarmament official told the Security Council on Wednesday.
  • OPCW Head Rejects Russian Claim About Presence Of Second Nerve Agent In Salisbury RFE/RL 18 Apr 2018 -- The head of the global chemical-weapons watchdog has rejected Russian claims that traces of a second nerve agent were discovered in the English city where a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned last month.
  • Trump's UN Ambassador Hits Back Over Russia Sanctions 'Confusion' RFE/RL 18 Apr 2018 -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is pushing back against a suggestion by President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser that she was confused over possible new sanctions targeting Russia.
  • Russia warns of 'painful' retaliation in face of US sanctions Press TV 18 Apr 2018 -- The speaker of the Russian upper house of parliament has warned of "serious consequences" of the US sanctions imposed on Russia, saying Moscow's response will be "precise and painful."
  • Britain Launches 7 Probes into Impartiality of Russian Broadcaster RT VOA 18 Apr 2018 -- Britain's broadcast regulator has opened seven investigations into Russian state-owned RT television channel, citing an increase in potential violations of impartiality rules since the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter.
  • Cuba nominates Raul Castro's successor Press TV 18 Apr 2018 -- Cuba has nominated First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel as the only candidate to succeed longtime President Raul Castro, as the country's National Assembly prepares to vote the next leader of the Communist-run island nation into office.
  • Cuba Formally Proposes Miguel Diaz-Canel to Replace Raul Castro as President Sputnik 18 Apr 2018 -- Raul Castro, the 86-year-old head of the country's Council of State and Cabinet became the head of the Cuban state in 2008, succeeding his older brother and Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
  • South Korea 'mulling over peace deal' with North Press TV 18 Apr 2018 -- South Korea is considering changing a decades-long armistice deal with North Korea to a peace agreement, as the leaders of the long-time rivals prepare for a historic summit later this month.
  • S.Korea reviewing way to turn armistice into peace treaty in inter-Korean summit People's Daily 18 Apr 2018 -- South Korea's presidential Blue House said Wednesday that it was reviewing way to turn the current armistice on the Korean Peninsula into a peace treaty during the upcoming summit with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) later this month.
  • Trump: Pompeo Met With Kim Jong Un In North Korea Last Week RFE/RL 18 Apr 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week and that plans for a summit are being made.
  • Trump Confirms CIA Chief Met With Kim Jong Un VOA 18 Apr 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed Wednesday that his CIA director, Mike Pompeo, had held a secret meeting in Pyongyang with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
  • Kim Jong Un Meets Song Tao Again KCNA 18 Apr 2018 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, once again met and had a talk with Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, on Tuesday.
  • White House says no direct talks yet between Trump, DPRK's Kim People's Daily 18 Apr 2018 -- The White House said on Tuesday that the U.S. government has had talks "at the highest levels" with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), but there have been no talks yet between President Donald Trump and DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un.
  • Trump says CIA chief met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Press TV 18 Apr 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has confirmed that CIA director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
  • Iran Bans State Bodies From Using Foreign Messaging Apps RFE/RL 18 Apr 2018 -- Iran has banned all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps, as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's office announced that his Telegram account would be shut down to protect national interests.
  • China to build small nuclear plant in Iran: MP IRNA 18 Apr 2018 -- Tehran and Beijing have held talks on nuclear cooperation on China building sa mall nuclear plant in Iran, the head of Majlis (Parliament) nuclear commission said.
  • Xi as China's lifetime president: what does it mean for Taiwan? CNA 18 Apr 2018 -- In a historic move, China's National People's Congress on March 12 approved constitutional changes to remove presidential term limits set on its leaders, allowing Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) to remain the country's president indefinitely.
  • President Erdogan declares June 24 for snap elections in Turkey Press TV 18 Apr 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that presidential and parliamentary elections slated for November next year would be held in late June.
  • Turkey Moves to Extend State of Emergency Despite Calls for 'Immediate' Lifting Sputnik 18 Apr 2018 -- Turkey's opposition has been calling for an "immediate" lifting of the state of emergency in the country, which had been first introduced after the 2016 attempted military coup and has been extended since then.
  • Erdogan Sets June 24 For Early Presidential, Parliamentary Elections in Turkey Sputnik 18 Apr 2018 -- Early presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey will be held on June 24, 2018, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday after a meeting with the leader of opposition Nationalist Movement Party Devlet Bahceli.
  • Turkey to Hold Elections in June, More Than a Year Early VOA 18 Apr 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called for early presidential and general elections on June 24 of this year. Polls had been scheduled for November 2019, but Erdogan said the unprecedented challenges facing the country made early elections a necessity.
  • Sudan unable to finance its diplomatic missions: Foreign Minister Press TV 18 Apr 2018 -- The foreign minister of Sudan has revealed that his country is unable to pay many of its diplomats abroad while some diplomatic missions across the world could be closed over rent problems.
  • Aliyev Sworn In For Fourth Term As Azerbaijan's President RFE/RL 18 Apr 2018 -- Authoritarian leader Ilham Aliyev has been sworn in to a fourth term as president of Azerbaijan after a landslide victory in an election boycotted by opponents and criticized by international observers.
  • Armenians rally en masse after ex-president elected PM Press TV 18 Apr 2018 -- Tens of thousands of people in Armenia have taken to the streets in the capital, Yerevan, to protest the election by the parliament of former president Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister.
  • Pashinian Continues To Lead Protests For An 'Armenia Without Serzh' RFE/RL 18 Apr 2018 -- Thousands of Armenians have converged to Yerevan's central Republic Square, seeking to keep up a protest movement following the election of longtime former President Serzh Sarkisian as prime minister.
  • Romanian Prosecutors Indict Former President For 1989 Uprising Deaths RFE/RL 18 Apr 2018 -- Romanian prosecutors have formally indicted former President Ion Iliescu for crimes against humanity, contending that he shares responsibility for the more than 1,100 deaths that occurred during the December 1989 anticommunist revolt.
  • Rematch Likely in Indonesia's Next Presidential Election VOA 18 Apr 2018 -- Retired Indonesian military general Prabowo Subianto could be on a collision course with President Joko Widodo, widely known as Jokowi, for a rematch of their 2014 presidential election battle.
  • Spain's Detention of Independence Leaders Riles Catalans VOA 18 Apr 2018 -- Spain's detention of nine Catalan independence leaders continues to stoke tensions ahead of their trials for rebellion. If predictions are borne out, the trials could be another flashpoint in the continuing constitutional crisis between Madrid and Catalonia.

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