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17 May 2018 Military News

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  • 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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