06 May 2019 Military News
- At Least 13 Dead, Dozens Injured In Taliban Attack On Police HQ RFE/RL 06 May 2019 -- At least 13 people have been killed in a Taliban attack by the Taliban on a police headquarters in the northern Afghan city of Pul-e-Khumri, officials say.
- U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Suspended For First Day Of Ramadan RFE/RL 06 May 2019 -- Peace talks between U.S. negotiators and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, have been interrupted to mark the beginning of Ramadan.
- Talks with US in Doha stumble over troop withdrawal timetable: Afghan Taliban Press TV 06 May 2019 -- The Taliban militant group says peace talks with the US – which have been underway in Qatar for months – have stalled over the key issue of a timetable for American and other foreign troops to pull out of Afghanistan, a longtime Taliban demand.
- At Least 30 Civilians Killed in US Airstrikes in Afghanistan - Official Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- At least 30 Afghan civilians have been killed in airstrikes carried out by US troops in the country's west in what has become the deadliest bombing in the last three months, Governor of the Bakwah district in the Farah province Abdul Ghafur Mujahed told Sputnik on Monday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US says sending 'strike group' to Middle East as 'clear message' to Iran Press TV 06 May 2019 -- The United States is sending an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in a "clear and unmistakable" message to Iran, declared John Bolton, the hawkish US national security advisor.
- 'Clear Indications' of Planned Iranian Attack Behind US Carrier Dispatch: Report Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- White House National Security Adviser John Bolton has announced that the United States is deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in a "clear and unmistakable" message to Iran that any attack on Washington's interests or its allies will be met with "unrelenting force".
- US Expediting Navy Carrier to Arabian Sea as 'Unmistakable Message to Iran' VOA 06 May 2019 -- The United States is speeding up the arrival of a naval aircraft carrier strike group to the Arabian Sea after concerns Iran may be planning an attack against American or allied targets.
- U.S. Acting Defense Chief Accuses Iran, Says Aircraft Carrier Deploying To Middle East RFE/RL 06 May 2019 -- The acting U.S. defense chief has vowed to hold Iran "accountable for any attack on U.S. forces or our interests," as Washington stepped up its rhetoric and said it was deploying an aircraft carrier battle group to waters near Iran.
- Deployment of US Carrier to Mideast a Response to 'Iranian Threat' - Shanahan Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- Earlier, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the United States is deploying its carrier strike group near Iran to send a message to Tehran.
- New capabilities, rotations to bolster Army presence in Eastern Europe Army News 06 May 2019 -- Ongoing efforts to cut acquisition timelines will get new capabilities out sooner to counter near-peer threats in Eastern Europe, Army leaders told lawmakers Wednesday.
- SECNAV Names New Destroyer In Honor of US Senator from Georgia NNS 06 May 2019 -- Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, DDG 133, in honor of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, who represented Georgia from 1972 to 1997.
- USS Albany Attends Fleet Week Port Everglades 2019 NNS 06 May 2019 -- Sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albany (SSN 753) participated in the 29th annual Fleet Week Port Everglades.
- Modernization Takes Navy ERP to the Cloud NNS 06 May 2019 -- From purchase request to final delivery, a well-coordinated orchestra of technology and people work in harmony to ensure Navy supply-chain integrity.
- Fleet Week Port Everglades Concludes NNS 06 May 2019 -- As the USS New York (LPD 21) sailed out of Port Everglades May 6, it marked the end of another successful Fleet Week.
- Data, Web, and Artificial Intelligence: Navy's Next Frontier NNS 06 May 2019 -- As information technology (IT) rapidly advances, the use of mobile applications and artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to impact Navy decision-makers well into the future.
- Mobile Devices Enhance Navy Inventory Control NNS 06 May 2019 -- Navy Mobile Computing (NMC) teams from Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC) are deploying mobile technology and support to deliver improved logistics readiness to the fleet.
- NAVSUP BSC Regional Support Sites Sustain Fleet Readiness NNS 06 May 2019 -- Refueling, rearming, resupplying, and repairing ships in ways that allow the fleet to sustain readiness and operate globally is a top priority for Supply Corps officers throughout the Navy.
- NEW YORK Arrives for Port Everglades Fleet Week NNS 06 May 2019 -- The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) arrives for Fleet Week Port Everglades April 29, 2019.
- Hill AFB fighter wings conduct combat exercise US Air Force 06 May 2019 -- The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th FW conducted an integrated combat capability exercise April 30-May 2 at the Utah Test and Training Range.
- NRL Tests Sensor On-orbit the ISS to Protect Space-Based Assets NNS 06 May 2019 -- Developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Plasma Physics Division, in conjunction with the Spacecraft Engineering Department, the Space PlasmA Diagnostic suitE (SPADE) experiment launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station onboard the SpaceX Dragon resupply mission (CRS-17), May 4.
- Arctic States Meeting In Finland To Talk Resources, Environment RFE/RL 06 May 2019 -- Senior officials from the United States, Russia, and other countries bordering the Arctic are opening a two-day meeting in Finland amid growing tensions over how to deal with global warming and access to mineral wealth in the polar region.
- US Wary of Chinese, Russian Military Presence in Arctic VOA 06 May 2019 -- Aimed at countering China and Russia's expansion in the Arctic, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday the United States will increase its military presence in the polar region.
- US Concerned About Russia's Claim to Northern Sea Route - Pompeo Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- The United States is concerned about Russia's claim to Northern Sea Route, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland, on Monday.
- NATO Allies stand with Turkey: Secretary General Stoltenberg NATO 06 May 2019 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Turkey for its strong contributions to the Alliance and emphasized that NATO stands in solidarity with Turkey in a visit to Ankara on Monday (6 May 2019).
- NATO marks 25th anniversary of Mediterranean Dialogue NATO 06 May 2019 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, with the 29 Permanent Representatives of the North Atlantic Council marked the 25th anniversary of the Mediterranean Dialogue on Monday (6 May 2019) in Ankara, Turkey. They were joined by the Ambassador of the Republic of North Macedonia and senior diplomats of the seven nations (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) participating in the partnership forum.
- NATO Chief In Turkey Amid Tensions With U.S. Over Russian Missile System RFE/RL 06 May 2019 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is visiting Ankara amid a widening rift between alliance members Turkey and the United States over Turkish plans to purchase a Russian missile system.
- China resolutely opposes US military report: spokesperson Global Times 06 May 2019 -- China on Monday expressed its resolute opposition to a new report by the US Defense Department on China's military strength, urging it to stop issuing such irresponsible reports.
- 'Beyond East Asia': Pentagon Warns China's Navy Developing Into Global Force Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- The Pentagon noted in its annual report to Congress that China is making steady progress toward becoming a naval power, commenting that the country's navy "continues to develop into a global force" able to project its power beyond the coast.
- Warship names show Navy's growth Global Times 06 May 2019 -- China is running out of provincial capitals to name new destroyers, and it might have to turn to other big domestic cities, which reflects the country's rapid naval development in recent years, military experts said on Monday.
- CMC issues guideline on advancing military vocational education Global Times 06 May 2019 -- The general office of the Central Military Commission released a guideline on promoting military vocational education on Sunday.
- China won't join talks on trilateral nuclear disarmament deal: FM Global Times 06 May 2019 -- China will not participate in negotiations on any trilateral nuclear disarmament agreement, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday.
- No Thanks: China Dismisses Notion That It Will Join Russia, US in Nuclear Talks Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- A top Chinese official this week rejected the suggestion that China would be participating in discussions with Russia and the US on limiting nuclear arms, saying that it has no intention to "take part in any trilateral negotiations."
- China Refuses to Join Talks on New Nuke Deal With Russia, US Proposed by Trump Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- China will not become part of any talks on a new trilateral nuclear arrangement with Russia and the United States, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Monday.
- Taiwan's military monitoring PLA movements closely: MND CNA 06 May 2019 -- The military will continue to monitor the situation closely as China conducts a series of live-fire naval drills near Taiwan, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.
- Kim Asked Putin to Convey N.Korea's Denuclearisation Stance to China, US - Intel Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to help convey North Korea's view of the denuclearisation process to China and the United States, South Korean media reported on Monday, citing the country's National Intelligence Service (NIS).
- With Missile Test, North Korea Sends Message to Seoul VOA 06 May 2019 -- By conducting what appears to be its first ballistic missile test in a year-and-a-half, North Korea has presented an obvious challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump, who has refused to relax sanctions on Pyongyang.
- Iran's army displays new achievements IRNA 06 May 2019 -- Iranian Army's Ground Force unveiled some of its new achievements here on Monday.
- Iran security body spurns US 'gauche' psy-war bid Press TV 06 May 2019 -- Iran's top security apparatus dismisses as a "gauche" attempt at psychological warfare, the US's recent statement that it has sent an aircraft carrier and a bomber task force to the region to warn the Islamic Republic.
- S-400 Purchase From Russia Conforms With Turkey's 'Sovereignty Rights' - Erdogan Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- Ankara has the right to buy Russian S-400 air defence systems and objects to speculation about this purchase, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.
- Erdogan Expects NATO Support for Turkey's Rights in Eastern Mediterranean Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- The US and EU earlier expressed concerns over Ankara's announcement about starting drilling operations in the region, which is disputed by Greek Cypriot government as an exclusive economic zone.
- UAE releases Qatari naval vessel, military personnel Press TV 06 May 2019 -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) says it has released a Qatari military ship that purportedly violated the tiny Persian Gulf state's territorial waters last week.
- US firm Blackwater training Daesh terrorists in Iraq, eyeing Syria: report Press TV 06 May 2019 -- The notorious US mercenary firm Blackwater has returned to Iraq, a Lebanese newspaper says, with the private company currently training defeated Daesh terrorists at a base near Baghdad.
- US-Based Training for Afghan Pilots Halted as Half of Class Goes AWOL in America Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- A pilot training program at a Texas airfield for the Afghan Air Force has quietly been moved back to Afghanistan after nearly half of the class went AWOL. Many of them fled to Canada and requested asylum. A journalist told Sputnik it was a sign of just how fast both conditions in the country and its military are deteriorating.
- US Military Trains Cameroon Troops on Medical Evacuations VOA 06 May 2019 -- The U.S. military is training Cameroon's military on first aid techniques and medical evacuation in order to reduce battlefield deaths. Cameroon estimates that one-fourth of all soldiers killed fighting separatists and Boko Haram terrorists could have been saved with better care.
- Remarks to Traveling Press on Plane US Dept. of State 06 May 2019 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- 6 May 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 May 2019
- China warns US ships to leave sea Global Times 06 May 2019 -- A military spokesperson said that the People's Liberation Army will stay on high alert and take all necessary measures to protect national sovereignty and security and safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, after two US ships illegally entered the area.
- Beijing warns off US warships in disputed South China Sea Press TV 06 May 2019 -- The Chinese navy has warned off two American warships sailing close to the islands claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea amid escalating tensions between the two sides.
- US Destroyers Sail in S China Sea as Trade Talks on Verge of Collapse Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- The South China Sea is one of a growing number of contentious issues in US-China relations, which have also been complicated by seemingly crumbling trade talks, US sanctions, and Taiwan's status.
- China Rejects US Military Passage in South China Sea VOA 06 May 2019 -- China objected Monday to the passage of two U.S. warships near disputed islands in the South China Sea.
- How Vietnam, Philippines Will Get around China's Fishing Ban in Disputed Sea VOA 06 May 2019 -- Beijing has declared a moratorium on fishing in about half the heavily disputed South China Sea every year since 1995. And every year other countries with competing sovereignty claims keep letting their own fishing fleets do as they wish.
- UN Gains Access to Yemen's Red Sea Mills Food Storage Facility - Spokesman Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- The World Food Program (WFP) gained access to a major food storage facility in the Yemeni port city of Al Hudaydah over the weekend, United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a press briefing on Monday.
- Iraq to Demand Cash for Islamic State Detainees VOA 06 May 2019 -- Iraq is expected to make a formal request to Paris for financial support for the incarceration of French Islamic State suspects sent to Baghdad from Kurdish-controlled camps in northern Syria, say diplomats.
- Libya's Haftar defies truce, orders troops to fight during Ramadan Press TV 06 May 2019 -- Over a month into the battle for Libya's capital, Tripoli, General Khalifa Haftar and his troops are determined to "uproot" their enemy and continue their offensive during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
- UN calls for week-long humanitarian truce in Libya as tensions rise Press TV 06 May 2019 -- The UN mission in Libya has issued a statement calling on warring sides to implement a week-long humanitarian ceasefire starting from Monday, the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Libya.
- LNA Says Haftar-Led Air Forces Destroyed GNA's Operation Headquarters in Libya Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- Earlier, media reported that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has ordered Libyan National Army (LNA) forces to chase and destroy enemy troops.
- Haftar Orders LNA Forces to Chase, Destroy Enemy Troops in Libya - Reports Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has ordered Libyan National Army (LNA) forces to chase and destroy enemy troops, media reported.
- Myanmar villagers in Rakhine risk running out food amid military siege Press TV 06 May 2019 -- Villagers in Myanmar's Rakhine state risk running out food after being under military restriction for nearly a week.
- Islamic Jihad debuts new missile with attack on Israel, pledges bigger surprises Press TV 06 May 2019 -- The al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, has unveiled its latest domestic missile by firing it at targets in the Israeli occupied territories.
- Israel, Palestine reach ceasefire agreement to stop Gaza attacks Press TV 06 May 2019 -- Palestine says a ceasefire agreement has been reached with Israel, after 25 people were killed in three days of Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza enclave, which were responded to with homemade rockets from Palestinian groups.
- Israel Prepared to Continue Gaza Strikes, Campaign Not Over - Netanyahu Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged that a campaign against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip will continue to ensure the safety of Israelis living in the south of the country following an intense exchange of rocket fire between the two sides over the weekend.
- UN Rights Chief: Cameroon Has Brief Window to Try to Halt Violence VOA 06 May 2019 -- Cameroon needs a rapid and deep-rooted effort to tackle a crisis of violence that has erupted in several areas of the country, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday at the end of a visit to the West African country.
- Hundreds Of Ex-U.S. Prosecutors Say Trump Would Be Charged If He Weren't President RFE/RL 06 May 2019 -- Scores of former U.S. prosecutors and Justice Department political appointees have signed a letter arguing that President Donald Trump would be charged with obstruction of justice if he weren't president.
- Russia reaffirms support for Maduro, Venezuelan people People's Daily 06 May 2019 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday reiterated Moscow's solidarity with the people of Venezuela and support for its president Nicolas Maduro, said the Russian foreign ministry.
- Venezuelan government prepared for repelling any potential US attack: FM Press TV 06 May 2019 -- Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza says the government of President Nicolas Maduro is prepared to repulse any potential attack mounted by the United States against the South American country, less than a week after an anti-Maduro coup led by US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido failed.
- Pompeo, Lavrov Hold 'Good,' 'Constructive' Talks On Venezuela RFE/RL 06 May 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had a "good conversation" with his Russian counterpart about Venezuela and other subjects, while Sergei Lavrov called the talks "constructive."
- Guaido: 'We Are Very Close to Achieving Change in Venezuela' - Reports Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- The self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido told AFP on Monday that the country's opposition is "very close to achieving changes" in the country.
- Venezuelan Troops Trained 'Guerrilla Force' to Fire Missiles, Media Claims Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has earlier praised the country's armed forces for remaining loyal to him in the face of an attempted coup d'etat staged by opposition leader Juan Guaido.
- Venezuela Vows Response if US Takes Military Action Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- The comments by the Venezuelan foreign minister come shortly after opposition leader Juan Guaido confirmed that he is considering the possibility of international intervention after being asked if he would welcome a US military option to break the months-long political impasse.
- Guaido Confirms He's Considering Asking US Military to Intervene in Venezuela Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- The Venezuelan opposition leader, who proclaimed himself interim president and called on legitimate head of the country Nicolas Maduro to step down, attempted a coup on Tuesday that ended in failure. Meanwhile, US officials have made it clear that all options are "on the table".
- Top US, Russian Diplomats Meet Amid Venezuela Tensions VOA 06 May 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, Monday amid tensions between the two countries over the political crisis in Venezuela, with both top diplomats stressing they do not want foreign military intervention in the country.
- Spain Assumes Key Role in Venezuela VOA 06 May 2019 -- Madrid is increasingly taking center stage in Venezuela's crisis as talks to get president Nicolas Maduro to resign appeared to collapse and its embassy in Caracas gives refuge to Leopoldo Lopez, the opposition leader who escaped house arrest and led an abortive military rebellion last week.
- Sudan's Military Council Issuing Draft Constitution VOA 06 May 2019 -- Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council has said it will publish its own suggested constitutional draft after disagreeing with some points in the opposition's draft. A revised constitution is part of negotiated efforts between the military and protest groups to form a joint military-civilian council before elections. But protesters remain skeptical.
- Supporting Freedom in North Korea US Dept. of State 06 May 2019
- China reiterates support for Iran nuclear deal Global Times 06 May 2019 -- China commended Iran's strict fulfillment of its obligations under the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) so far and would continue to maintain and carry out the deal with relevant parties, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday.
- Chinese media: Beijing does not follow Iran's sanctions IRNA 06 May 2019 -- 'Because of Beijing's close relationship with Tehran and the legitimate trade between the two countries, China does not comply with the US sanctions against Iran,' A Chinese media said in news headlines on Monday.
- China 'firmly' opposes US sanctions on Iran: Foreign Ministry Press TV 06 May 2019 -- China has praised Iran's "faithful" implementation of a multilateral 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and six major world powers, expressing its firm opposition to the US "unilateral" sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
- Rouhani to announce counteractions against US withdrawal from JCPOA ISNA 06 May 2019 -- Iran's President, Hassan Rouhani may announce Iran's phasic counteractions against US' withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in a live talk show on Wednesday, which is due to be released on TV and radio.
- Iran, G4+1 to hold expert talks Tuesday ISNA 06 May 2019 -- Iran and G4+1 (Britain, France, Germany and China plus Russia) will hold expert talks in Brussels on Tuesday with the participation of the members of the Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) and its similar Iranian mechanism.
- Iran to unveil countermeasures to US withdrawal from JCPOA Press TV 06 May 2019 -- Iran is to unveil its countermeasures in response to a move made by the United States last year to withdraw from a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and six major world powers.
- Russia not to succumb to US anti-Iran sanctions threats: deputy FM Press TV 06 May 2019 -- Russia has vowed to expand cooperation with Iran, including in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy, despite US threats of sanctions.
- US Not to Force Private Firms to Sell Cheaper Oil to India Amid Iran Sanctions Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- The Indian Foreign Ministry had asked to extend their sanctions waiver for Iranian crude imports beyond 2 May, but the request failed to receive any positive response from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
- China to resist US pressure Global Times 06 May 2019 -- China on Monday showed restraint over a pair of unexpected tweets from US President Donald Trump, who threatened to increase tariffs on Chinese goods, even as the two sides have strived for an agreement to end their bruising trade war, and urged the US to work together to reach a win-win deal.
- China Prepares for Trade Talks Despite Trump's New Threat VOA 06 May 2019 -- China says its negotiators are preparing to travel to the United States for their next round of trade talks this week, even after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened higher tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods after he complained the process is taking too long.
- China hits back at US over Uighurs of Xinjiang Press TV 06 May 2019 -- China has censured the United States for an accusation "totally inconsistent with the facts" that Beijing is operating concentration camps for ethnic Uighur minority in the far western region of Xinjiang.
- China's Yuanwang-5 departs for monitoring missions People's Daily 06 May 2019 -- China's spacecraft tracking ship Yuanwang-5 is sailing to the Indian Ocean from a port in eastern China's Jiangsu Province Sunday for a maritime space monitoring mission.
- Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Satellite 2019 Conference The White House 06 May 2019
- Texas Man Found Guilty of Conspiring to Support ISIS US Dept. of Justice 06 May 2019 -- A federal jury convicted a Dallas, Texas man on multiple terror charges, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox for the Northern District of Texas announced today.
- Taiwan condemns 'barbaric' China for obstructing WHA bid CNA 06 May 2019 -- Taiwan on Monday condemned China's "barbaric behavior" for once again blocking Taiwan from attending the World Health Assembly (WHA), after a Beijing official said China decided not to agree to Taiwan's participation due to its "one China principle."
- Some 100,000 Taiwanese have applied for Chinese residence: MAC CNA 06 May 2019 -- Around 100,000 Taiwanese nationals have applied for Chinese residence since the mainland authorities began in September last year to issue residence permits to Taiwanese people working or living in China, the head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday.
- Istanbul Revote Sparks Fears of Political, Economic Chaos VOA 06 May 2019 -- Turkey is set for a revote in the aftermath of the hotly contested mayoral elections in Istanbul.
- Former Banker Extradited from Malaysia to United States to Face Charges in Multi-Billion Dollar Money Laundering and Bribery Scheme Relating to the 1MDB Fund US Dept. of Justice 06 May 2019 -- Malaysian National to be Arraigned on FCPA and Money Laundering Conspiracy Charges in Relation to Three Bonds for 1Malaysian Development Berhad
- Supporter of North Macedonia's name deal wins presidential run-off Press TV 06 May 2019 -- Pro-western candidate Stevo Pendarovski wins North Macedonia's presidential run-off, promoting a government that changed the country's name under a controversial deal with Greece and consolidating a push for membership in the European Union and NATO.
- Pendarovski Wins North Macedonia's Presidential Runoff RFE/RL 06 May 2019 -- Stevo Pendarovski, backed by North Macedonia's ruling party, has won a presidential runoff vote amid promises to push the Balkan state toward NATO and European Union membership, according to preliminary final results.
- Thailand Crowns New King for New Era VOA 06 May 2019 -- Thailand wraps up three days of elaborate and carefully choreographed ceremonies Monday consecrating a new king who has wasted little time making his mark on the monarchy.
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