17 May 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 17 May 2018 [PDF]
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 17 May 2018 -- Presenter: Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White; Colonel Rob Manning, Director, Defense Press Office
- Pentagon Raises Eyebrows With 'In-Your-Face' Afghanistan Tweets VOA 17 May 2018 -- The black-and-white aerial footage shows a line of purported Taliban insurgents slowly walking along a path in a lightly forested desert in Afghanistan's western Farah province. Suddenly, the screen flashes to white as the men disappear in a fireball – the result of a bomb dropped from a U.S. MQ-9 "Reaper" drone.
- DoD Official Refutes Taliban's Claim of Controlling Afghan City AFPS 17 May 2018 -- Despite claims from the Taliban that they now control the western Afghanistan city of Farah, the city has not fallen into their hands, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White told reporters today.
- Taliban forced to retreat from western city they attacked: Afghan officials Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Afghan commandos, backed by US airstrikes, have managed to push attacking Taliban militants back to the outskirts of the western city of Farah following a day of fierce fighting, officials say.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Joint airlift brings Stolen Cerberus V to a close AFNS 17 May 2018 -- Exercise Stolen Cerberus V concluded with approximately 100 Airmen deploying back to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from Elefsis Air Base, Greece.
- Air Force Budget Request Builds on Momentum, Addresses Great Power Competition AFPS 17 May 2018 -- The Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget request builds on momentum to restore the force after years of funding uncertainty and addresses the challenges from a great power competition, Air Force leaders said today.
- Exercise African Lion 2018 Concludes in Morocco AFPS 17 May 2018 -- Exercise African Lion 2018 has concluded, and approximately 900 U.S. service members redeployed from Morocco and Tunisia.
- Air, Army Guard power on display during airdrop exercise Army News 17 May 2018 -- In early American history, the Minutemen were civilian colonists who organized together into militia companies and earned their name by being ready at a minute's notice. The Minuteman is the symbol of the National Guard, and that history, work ethic and dedication to being ready when called upon is what it means to be a member of the National Guard.
- Maryland National Guard celebrates 25 years of partnership with Estonia Army News 17 May 2018 -- Maryland National Guard Soldiers and Airmen supported the Estonian defense forces May 2 - 12 during Exercise Hedgehog 2018, the largest training exercise conducted in Estonia.
- Readout of Secretary Mattis Meeting with Uzbekistan President DoD 17 May 2018
- Remarks by Secretary Mattis at an Enhanced Honor Cordon Welcoming President Mirziyoyev of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Pentagon DoD 17 May 2018 -- Presenter: Secretary Of Defense James N. Mattis; President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of the Republic of Uzbekistan
- DDG-51 Program Marks Start of Construction Milestones at BIW, HII NNS 17 May 2018 -- The Navy's Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers continue to achieve shipbuilding milestones with start of construction at both shipbuilders, Bath Iron Works (BIW), Bath, Maine, and Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi.
- Lethal Upgrade: Cannons, Lasers Could Be Added to US B-1B Lancers Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- The US Air Force's (USAF) B-1B Lancer bombers – one of three bombers used by the United States – may soon get another upgrade: Boeing is exploring the option of adding a mounted weapons system to the belly of the aircraft, upping the capabilities of US' most weapons-laden bomber.
- US Says Ready to Defend as Russia Deploys in Mediterranean Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- The United States Navy does not seek conflict with Russia amid its deployment of naval forces in the Mediterranean, but it is prepared to defend its interests in the region, US Naval Forces in Europe and Africa Commander Admiral James Foggo III told Sputnik on Thursday.
- Scope of Drills Unchanged Amid Preparations to Summit With Kim - Pentagon Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- The extent of US-South Korea military drills has not changed amid preparations for the summit between US president Donald trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month, Department of Defense spokeswoman Dana White said in a press briefing on Thursday.
- Cyber Mission Force Achieves Full Operational Capability AFPS 17 May 2018 -- All 133 of U.S. Cyber Command's cyber mission force teams achieved full operational capability, Cybercom officials announced today.
- President Donald J. Trump Hosts NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg At The White House The White House 17 May 2018
- Remarks by President Trump and Secretary General Stoltenberg of NATO Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 17 May 2018
- Remarks by President Trump and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg Before Expanded Bilateral Meeting The White House 17 May 2018
- Baltic States Ask US to Enhance NATO Battalions With Air, Naval Forces - Reports Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- The Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian foreign ministers have asked the United States to strengthen NATO battalions, deployed in the three Baltic countries, with air and naval forces, the LRT broadcaster reported on Thursday.
- Dunford Pleased With Results of NATO Military Committee Meeting AFPS 17 May 2018 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is pleased with the progress made at the NATO Military Committee meeting this week, saying the discussions have set the stage for decisions by alliance defense ministers and heads of state.
- NATO Secretary General and President Trump discuss preparations for July summit NATO 17 May 2018 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday (17 May). They discussed preparations for the Summit of NATO leaders in Brussels on 11-12 July, including NATO's growing contribution to the fight against terrorism and fairer burden-sharing within the Alliance.
- 'Doomsday Machine': Russia's New Weapon Reportedly Gets Nuclear Warhead Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- During his state-of-the-nation address to the Russian Federal Assembly in March, President Vladimir Putin touted the country's newest weapons, including the Poseidon (Status-6) unmanned underwater vehicles.
- Xi demands high-level research institutions for strong military People's Daily 17 May 2018 -- President Xi Jinping Wednesday stressed accelerating the development of modern military science, and building high-level military research institutions to support the building of a strong military in the new era.
- Chinese peacekeepers clear mines in Lebanon People's Daily 17 May 2018 -- A total of 9,719 landmines and duds have so far been discovered and removed by Chinese peacekeepers in Lebanon.
- China's Z-19E armed helicopter completes firing tests People's Daily 17 May 2018 -- China's domestic Z-19E armed helicopter has completed firing flight tests, its developer the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said Wednesday.
- J-20 will definitely be patrolled over Taiwan says expert People's Daily 17 May 2018 -- China's fighter jet J-20, a warcraft acting as both "spear" and "commander" in battle, will definitely conduct patrols over the island of Taiwan, said military expert Wang Mingliang during an interview with China Central Television.
- Two Down, Four to Go? Chinese Media Suggest Beijing Planning Six-Carrier Navy Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- Just as China's first homemade aircraft carrier, currently known as Type 001A, was sent out for full-scale sea trials this week, Chinese media began tossing around the idea that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) needs four more.
- India Issues Formal Tender to Purchase 200 Kamov Ka-226T Multi-Role Helicopters Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- The Indian Defense Ministry had cleared the proposal to buy 200 Kamov Ka-226T in 2015 and in October 2016, India and Russia finalized a broad agreement for the supply of lightweight multi-role helicopters for the Indian Armed Forces.
- Military drill to start as scheduled despite rehearsal injury CNA 17 May 2018 -- The Han Kuang exercises, Taiwan's biggest annual military drill, will be held June 4-8 as scheduled, despite a paratrooper being critically injured Thursday during a rehearsal in Taichung for the drill, according to the military.
- Paratrooper injured in Han Kuan drill rehearsal CNA 17 May 2018 -- A paratrooper was critically injured at the Ching Chuan Kang air base in Taichung Thursday morning during a rehearsal for the upcoming annual Han Kuang military exercises, military officials reported that day.
- US Lawmaker Moves to Block Sale of 100 F-35 Fighter Jets to Turkey Sputnik 18 May 2018 -- A new bill proposed in the US House of Representatives calls for stopping the proposed sales of more than 100 F-35 fighter jets and related intellectual property to Turkey, Congressman David Cicilline said in a press release.
- Britain and France Sign Agreement for Test Pilot Exchange UK MOD 17 May 2018 -- Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and French Minister of the Armed Forces Mme Florence Parly today (17 May) held the first Defence Ministerial Council since the announcement of a permanent and regular forum for the discussion of UK-France defence cooperation in January 2018. During the meeting a bespoke technical arrangement which will oversee the exchange of test pilots between the two nations was signed.
- Department Press Briefing - May 17, 2018 US Dept. of State 17 May 2018
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie The White House 17 May 2018
- 17 May 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 17 May 2018
- Judges urge Security Council to serve interests of all UN Member States UN News 17 May 2018 -- The Security Council should act on behalf of the entire United Nations membership rather than prioritizing their own national interests, or those of close allies, international court judges said on Thursday, as the 15-member body debated how to effectively counter numerous threats to world peace.
- Yemeni missiles hit Saudi mercenaries IRNA 17 May 2018 -- The missile unit the Yemeni Army fired a ballistic missile at al-Anad airbase, in Lahj, south of the country.
- Yemen fires ballistic missile at base run by Saudi mercenaries: Report Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Yemeni forces have fired a short-range domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at a military base run by Saudi-led mercenaries in Yemen's southwestern province of Lahij, in retaliation for the Saudi regime's campaign against the impoverished country, Yemeni media report.
- Yemenis flee Hudaydah en masse as fighting nears: Amnesty Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Amnesty International says intense fighting near Yemen's largest port of Hudaydah has displaced tens of thousands of people, warning against the spread of clashes to urban areas.
- Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding an Alleged Incident in Saraqib, Syrian Arab Republic on 4 February 2018 US Dept. of State 17 May 2018 -- On May 15, 2018, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact-Finding Mission, released its report regarding an alleged incident in Saraqib, Syrian Arab Republic on 4 February 2018. The FFM "determined that chlorine, released from cylinders through mechanical impact, was likely used as a chemical weapon on 4 February 2018 in the Al Talil neighborhood of Saraqib."
- Syria: Civilians bear brunt of unilateral sanctions, exacerbating 'unparalleled suffering, destruction,' says UN expert UN News 17 May 2018 -- Syrian civilians are frequently being denied live-saving humanitarian support – an unintended consequence of unilateral sanctions, that are exacerbating an already dire situation, according to a United Nations rights expert.
- Syrian Army detains 60 French forces IRNA 17 May 2018 -- Syrian Army has detained 60 French military forces in Hasaka Province in the north of the country, Syrian media said on Thursday.
- Syria affirms right to defend sovereignty against aggression IRNA 17 May 2018 -- Acting Chargé d'affaires of Syria's permanent delegation to the UN Munzer Munzer stressed Syria's adherence to its right to confront any aggression against its sovereignty and independence.
- Putin, Assad declare Syria ready for political process Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has told his Syrian counterpart that the situation in Syria is now favorable for the beginning of a "political process."
- Putin, Assad Discuss Syrian Conflict In Sochi RFE/RL 17 May 2018 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a surprise visit to the Black Sea resort city of Sochi for talks with his Russian counterpart about Syria's bloody seven-year conflict.
- Daesh Chief Propagandist in Syria Killed by Iraqi Airstrike - Reports Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- The main propagandist of the Daesh* terrorist group in Syria has been killed in an airstrike by the Iraqi Air Force, which led to the demise of the militants' propaganda network in Syria, Alsumaria broadcaster reported Thursday.
- Turkish Foreign Minister Warns Damascus Against Attacking Syria's Idlib Province Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- Any potential attack by the Syrian government forces on the country's Idlib province may result in a "catastrophe," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday.
- US aid chief calls on Myanmar to end violence against Rohingya Muslims Press TV 17 May 2018 -- The US government's aid chief has called on Myanmar to end violence against members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim community in the northwestern state of Rakhine.
- Israel should be taken to International Criminal Court over Gaza massacre: Turkish FM Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the Israeli regime should be brought before the International Criminal Court for the recent massacre of tens of Palestinians during anti-occupation protest rallies along the border between the Gaza Strip and occupied territories.
- Arab League urges intl. probe into Israeli crimes in Gaza Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit has called for an international probe into Israeli crimes against Palestinians in its bloody crackdown on mass protests along the Gaza fence on Monday.
- Israeli fighter jets target multiple positions in northern Gaza Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Israeli fighter planes have carried out bombing raids on several locations in northern Gaza, just days after the Tel Aviv regime massacres over 60 people there.
- Gaza hospitals struggling to cope with wounded protesters Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Hospitals in the Gaza Strip, already under-equipped because of the Israeli siege, are struggling to deal with an influx of people wounded in Tel Aviv's bloody military crackdown on Monday's mass protests, Press TV reports.
- OIC must give due response to Israel's carnage, Rouhani tells Qatari emir Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has once again censured Israel's recent massacre of Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip, calling on Muslim nations to give "a due response" to the regime's latest crime.
- Arab Foreign Ministers Condemn Killings in Gaza, US Embassy Move VOA 17 May 2018 -- Arab foreign ministers used harsh language to condemn the killings of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces along the border with Gaza, with some calling for an independent international investigation.
- Gaza Mourns as Islamic Holy Month Begins VOA 17 May 2018 -- As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan began in Gaza, markets opened for the first time in days. But business was sparse as locals mourned the dead and tended to the wounded from bloody demonstrations earlier in the week.
- End 'cycle of violence' in Gaza, UN deputy chief tells forum on Palestine UN News 17 May 2018 -- The "cycle of violence" in Gaza serves no one and it must end, the United Nations deputy chief said on Thursday, calling on everyone with a stake in Middle East peace, to exercise utmost restraint to avoid further deaths, especially the lives of children.
- UN Demands End to Attacks on Aid Workers in South Sudan VOA 17 May 2018 -- A top United Nations official has condemned the treatment of aid workers in South Sudan, saying violence and harassment is preventing help from reaching an estimated seven million people in need.
- Egypt's army kills 19 militants, detains 20 in Sinai offensive Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Egypt's military and police forces have killed at least 19 Takfiri militants and detained scores of others in the Sinai Peninsula amid an ongoing military campaign against the Daesh terrorist group.
- UN chief condemns attack against 'blue helmets' in Central African Republic UN News 17 May 2018 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, on Thursday condemned an attack against UN peacekeeping troops in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) that claimed the life of one peacekeeper, and wounded eight others – all from Mauritania.
- US Senate confirms Trump's controversial pick to head CIA despite torture role Press TV 17 May 2018 -- The US Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel to be director of the CIA despite ingrained opposition over her involvement in the George W. Bush-era brutal interrogation techniques.
- US Senate Confirms Haspel to Be First Woman CIA Director VOA 17 May 2018 -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel as the Central Intelligence Agency's first female director by a vote of 54-45, ending a tumultuous nomination process in which lawmakers revisited the CIA's past interrogation practices.
- Trump's Lawyer Says Special Counsel Doesn't Expect To Indict President RFE/RL 17 May 2018 -- U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has told the White House that he does not expect to indict President Donald Trump even if he comes up with evidence of a crime in investigating Russia-Trump ties, the president's lawyer said.
- Russia delays bill criminalizing compliance with Western sanctions Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has delayed further debates on a bill that would criminalize compliance with Western sanctions.
- Russian Duma Amends One Antisanctions Bill, Postpones Vote On Another RFE/RL 17 May 2018 -- The lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, has amended and approved in its second reading a bill that provides for countermeasures against the United States and other countries that imposed sanctions against Russia.
- Russia Mulls Launching Satellites Atop ICBMs - Source Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- Russia considers restarting satellite launches using adapted intercontinental ballistic missiles, a source in the nation's space industry told Sputnik.
- South Korea 'seeks to mediate between North, US' Press TV 17 May 2018 -- South Korea says it will seek to mediate high-level talks between the United States and North Korea after Pyongyang threatened to cancel a planned summit between its leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump.
- Direction of Future North-South Ties Depends on Behavior of S. Korean Authorities: Chairman of CPRC KCNA 17 May 2018 -- Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK gave an answer to a question raised by KCNA Thursday in connection with the fact that the south Korean authorities are trying to shift the responsibility for the rupture of the north-south high-level talks on to the DPRK.
- No 'Libya model' for denuclearization of DPRK: Trump Press TV 17 May 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has said he would not pursue a so-called "Libya model" to denuclearize the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), a model that Pyongyang has singled out in the past as a source of its distrust for Washington.
- North Korea threatens not to resume talks with South Press TV 17 May 2018 -- North Korea has threatened not to resume talks with South Korea unless issues leading to the suspension of a high-level meeting this week are resolved.
- Trump: N. Korea Will Be Rich, Protected If It Forgoes Nukes VOA 17 May 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump predicted Thursday that North Korea "would be very rich" – and he promised the Kim family dynasty "very adequate protection" to stay in power – if the country agreed to give up its nuclear weapons.
- North Korea Refuses to Talk With 'Incompetent' South VOA 17 May 2018 -- North Korea's top negotiator denounced the South Korean government as "ignorant and incompetent" Thursday, the latest in a series of recent inflammatory statements from Pyongyang after it suddenly canceled talks with its southern neighbor amid U.S.-South Korean combat drills.
- Italy backs Iran Deal IRNA 17 May 2018 -- EU will not trample its interests underfoot, said the Italian prime minister, giving his idea about US withdrawal from Iran Deal and re-imposing sanctions on Tehran.
- France urges EU to protect firms doing business with Iran Press TV 17 May 2018 -- France has called on the European Union (EU) to protect the companies that are doing business with Iran as the US moves to impose fresh sanctions on Tehran following its pullout of the 2015 nuclear deal.
- Hamstrung By The U.S., Iran Tilts East For Trade Opportunities RFE/RL 17 May 2018 -- Facing renewed economic sanctions from the United States and the possible knock-on collapse of its business dealings with Europe, Iran is looking to Russia and China to expand trade. And Moscow and Beijing, embroiled in their own economic disputes with Washington, are well-positioned to oblige.
- European Commission to Move to Block US Sanctions on Iran VOA 17 May 2018 -- The European Commission will initiate plans Friday to prohibit European companies from adhering to U.S. sanctions against Iran, a move to help keep the Iran nuclear agreement intact and to defend European corporate interests.
- Macron: US withdrawal from JCPOA detrimental to EU firms IRNA 17 May 2018 -- French President Emanuel Macron ruled out on Thursday any trade war with the US over its withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, saying that US exit from JCPOA will harm the European companies and will benefit the Russian and Chinese firms.
- EU to stay committed to Iran deal: Top European official IRNA 17 May 2018 -- The European Union will remain committed to the July 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the European Council president said on Thursday.
- Macron urges EU to defend firms doing business with Iran IRNA 17 May 2018 -- French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday urged the European Union to protect EU companies doing business with Iran.
- UN chief voices support for EU efforts to preserve Iran Deal IRNA 17 May 2018 -- UN Secretary General António Guterres says the United Nations support EU efforts to rescue the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, from which the United States withdrew last week.
- Iran strongly condemns new US sanctions ISNA 17 May 2018 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has condemned the US Treasury Department's imposition of new sanctions on Tehran.
- UN chief throws weight behind EU to salvage Iran nuclear deal People's Daily 17 May 2018 -- The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday threw his weight behind the European Union (EU) in salvaging the landmark Iran nuclear deal.
- EU to launch legal process to prevent US bans from affecting businesses in Iran Press TV 17 May 2018 -- The European Commission is set to launch a legal process based on a powerful law to block American sanctions against Iran as European Union powers mobilize to save the landmark 2015 nuclear deal following Washington's unilateral pullout.
- EU To Reactivate 'Blocking Statute' Against U.S. Sanctions On Iran RFE/RL 17 May 2018 -- The European Union says it will launch this week the process of activating a regulation to soften the impact of U.S. sanctions on European firms doing business in Iran.
- EU to Ensure Presence of Companies in Iran Despite US JCPOA Withdrawal – Macron Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- French President Emmanuel Macron said that nuclear deal with Iran should be supplemented and it is necessary to continue negotiations, including on missile program.
- Trump Meets Chinese Vice Premier Amid Tough Trade Talks VOA 17 May 2018 -- President Donald Trump stepped into a round of tough trade talks with China on Thursday after the White House confirmed a meeting between the U.S. president and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.
- US Warns China Against Imposing 'Political Correctness' on US Firms VOA 17 May 2018 -- U.S. officials and politicians say they are increasingly frustrated and looking for ways to fight back against what they see as China's use of its market power to impose "politically correct" behavior on American companies. Airlines, retailers and hoteliers all have been pressured to alter products and promotions that offended Beijing.
- China Test-Fires First Commercial Rocket Sputnik 17 May 2018 -- A private Chinese firm on Thursday carried out the nation's first launch of a commercial rocket that can put payload into the low-Earth orbit, local media reported.
- Pakistan's Army Kills Commander Of Islamist Militant Group In Balochistan RFE/RL 17 May 2018 -- Pakistan's military has killed a commander of the Islamist militant group Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LeJ) along with two other militants in a raid in the southwestern province of Balochistan, the army says.
- Treasury Targets Key Hizballah Financing Network and Iranian Conduit US Treasury 17 May 2018-- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Hizballah financier Mohammad Ibrahim Bazzi and Hizballah's representative to Iran Abdallah Safi-Al-Din as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. Also designated today as SDGTs are five companies located in Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East for being owned or controlled by Mohammad Bazzi and another SDGT.
- Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city - UN health agency UN News 17 May 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on Friday to "consider the international risks" of the latest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola, which has now moved to an urban area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- Congo Ebola Virus Moves From Rural Area to Urban One VOA 17 May 2018 -- The World Health Organization reports one confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus in the city of Mbandaka, a city of more than one million 150 kilometers from Bikoro where the outbreak started.
- Practices in Place to Contain Ebola Outbreak in DRC VOA 17 May 2018 -- The deadly Ebola virus has broken out in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but things are very different this time in the speed of response and tools available for this outbreak versus the one that hit West Africa in 2014-2016. For one, the World Health Organization is already involved.
- Taiwan's goodwill toward China has its limits: MAC chief CNA 17 May 2018 -- Taiwan will continue to show goodwill toward mainland China, but that does not mean the government will do so "without limit," Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said on Thursday.
- Turkey's CHP presidential candidate warns to shut key US base unless Gulen extradited Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Turkey's presidential candidate of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Muharrem Ince, has threatened to close a major American military base in the country by Christmas unless Washington extradites US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for an abortive 2016 coup.
- 'Turkey issues arrest warrants for 101 air force personnel' Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for more than 100 members of the country's air force and detained 33 of them over alleged links to a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for an abortive 2016 coup.
- Malaysia police raid ex-PM Najib's home, other places Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Police in Malaysia have searched five places linked to the country's former prime minister Najib Razak for evidence related to money-laundering charges against him, a week after he was defeated by veteran politician Mahathir Mohamad in general elections.
- 'Take A Break,' Armenia's Pashinian Tells Protesters RFE/RL 17 May 2018 -- New Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, brought to power by mass demonstrations, has called on Armenians who have been holding strikes and civil-disobedience protests in recent days to interrupt their protests.
- Greece 'Not Yet In Position' To Announce Deal On Macedonia Name Dispute RFE/RL 17 May 2018 -- The Greek prime minister says his country and Macedonia are "not yet in position" to announce a deal in their long-standing dispute over Macedonia's name.
- EU Leaders Stress Ties To Western Balkans, But Cautious On Enlargement RFE/RL 17 May 2018 -- European Union leaders expressed determination to "strengthen and intensify" their ties to the Western Balkans, but they dampened any hopes of a quick move to allow any new countries into the bloc.
- Uzbek President Meets Pompeo, Wrapping Up U.S. Visit RFE/RL 17 May 2018 -- Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he wrapped up the first official U.S. visit by an Uzbek head of state since 2002.
- EU United Over Iran Nuclear Deal, Split on Balkans Membership VOA 17 May 2018 -- European Union leaders say they are united in sticking to the Iran nuclear deal as long as Tehran abides by it. They say they will launch new measures to protect European firms doing business with Iran from U.S. sanctions. But the 28-member bloc was less unified on membership status for six Balkan nations during a special summit Thursday in Bulgaria.
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