14 May 2020 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Taliban Respond to Ghani's Statement with Attack VOA 14 May 2020 -- A Taliban attack on an Afghan army compound in Gardez city of Paktia province Thursday morning killed at least five civilians and wounded dozens more, including five people from the military.
- Casualties Reported as Powerful Car Bomb Blast Hits Capital of Afghan Province of Paktia Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- A car bomb exploded at a square in the city of Gardez, the capital of the eastern Afghan province of Paktia, on Thursday, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
- US Concludes Islamic State Khorasan Behind Kabul Maternity Ward Attack Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad announced Thursday evening that an American assessment on recent violence in Afghanistan has attributed two attacks to the Islamic State Khorasan - including a deadly attack on a Kabul maternity ward.
- Deadly attacks on civilians prompt Afghan forces to resume offensives on militants People's Daily 14 May 2020 -- The deadly attacks, which targeted a maternity hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday and killed at least three dozen civilians, have promoted the Afghan forces to change their position from defensive to offensive, Presidential Palace spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said Wednesday.
- Car bomb goes off near Afghan base; Taliban claim responsibility Press TV 14 May 2020 -- A truck packed with explosives has gone off near a military base in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least five civilians in an attack claimed by the Taliban militant group.
- Taliban Truck Bomb Kills At Least Five In Eastern Afghanistan RFE/RL 14 May 2020 -- At least five people were killed by a truck bomb near a military court in the city of Gardez in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia on May 14, officials said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DON Signs MOA with DOI, USFWS and USGS NNS 14 May 2020 -- The Department of the Navy (DON) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) virtually via video conference 14 May.
- US Defence Department Awards Boeing $2.6 Billion in Cruise Missile Contracts Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- US aerospace giant Boeing won two cruise missile contracts worth over $2.6 billion combined to support foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia and six other countries, the Defence Department said in a press release.
- Pentagon Seeks Congressional OK Over $17.7 Billion Deal for Columbia-Class Submarines Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- The US Department of Defense is requesting congressional authorization to strike a potential $17.7 billion deal with General Dynamics for two nuclear-powered, Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines.
- Jordanian King Stresses Need for Partnership DoD News 14 May 2020 -- Partnership is the lifeblood of special operations forces, King Abdullah II of Jordan told the attendees of the National Defense Industrial Association's virtual conference.
- Ford Commences Second Round of Carrier Qualifications NNS 14 May 2020 -- USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the only carrier qualification (CQ) asset regularly available on the East Coast this year, commenced its second round of CQs for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) pilots May 10, with a healthy and mission-focused crew.
- USS Lassen, Embarked Coast Guard Team Recover Illegal Drugs in Caribbean NNS 14 May 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team recovered more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana, May 2.
- Sailors on Destroyer USS Roosevelt Join in Arctic Circle Ceremony NNS 14 May 2020 -- Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile Aegis destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) participated in a ceremony to become "Blue Nose" Sailors, May 3, days after the ship crossed over the Arctic Circle.
- USS Donald Cook Applies Lessons for Second Trip to Arctic NNS 14 May 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile Aegis destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) on May 11 concluded operations in the Barents Sea as part of a second mission above the Arctic Circle.
- VAW-117 Carrier Qualifies on Ford, Transitions to E-2D Advanced Hawkeye NNS 14 May 2020 -- The Navy's newest and most technologically-advanced aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), contributed to another milestone for naval aviation during carrier qualifications (CQ) for the "Wallbangers" of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW-117) May 12.
- U.S. opposes verification of biological weapon production: Russian FM People's Daily 14 May 2020 -- The United States categorically opposes the adoption of a protocol to the convention of banning biological and toxin weapons, which would establish a mechanism to verify compliance by member countries with their obligation not to produce such weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
- Pentagon Reports Number of COVID-19 Cases Among Servicemembers Approaches 5,500 Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- The number of novel coronavirus infections among US military servicemembers approaches 5,500, while the total number including infections among families, contractors and civilian personnel has increased to 8,297, the US Department of Defense announced in a fact sheet on Thursday.
- Benelux stands up COVID-19 facility in less than 30 days Army News 14 May 2020 -- Earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Army Benelux workforce did not know the extent to which the disease would spread within Belgium, within the garrison community, nor with what rapidity.
- Air Force update for COVID-19 US Air Force 14 May 2020
- US Warship Sails Through Waterway Separating China and Taiwan VOA 14 May 2020 -- A U.S. Navy warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.
- US Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait Before Separatist President's Inauguration Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- The US Navy has announced one of its destroyers transited the Taiwan Strait, separating autonomous Taiwan from mainland China - the sixth such transit this year. This one, however, comes amid media reports of Chinese plans to seize islands controlled by Taipei, and a week before Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen is sworn in for a second term.
- U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait; sixth this year CNA 14 May 2020 -- A U.S. warship has been transiting the Taiwan Strait since Wednesday on routine operations, according to Taiwan's defense ministry and the United States' Pacific Fleet on Thursday.
- US Navy destroyer 'sails through Taiwan Strait' Press TV 14 May 2020 -- The US Navy says one of its guided-missile destroyers has sailed through the strategic Taiwan Strait, a provocative move likely to anger China.
- The Multinational MRTT Fleet project makes steady progress NATO 14 May 2020 -- The current global crisis has emphasised the need for multinational cooperation and the ability of Allied armed forces to respond to a broad range of missions in different operating environments. In this context, the newest NSPA multinational programme, the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MMF), stands out as a unique example of successful cooperation among NATO and EU Agencies and nations, enabling participating nations to be flexible and to rapidly respond to emergencies in multiple capability domains.
- NATO Secretary General discusses current security challenges with President Erdogan NATO 14 May 2020 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a phone call with the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the President's request, on Thursday (14 May 2020). They discussed NATO's ongoing efforts to support Allies in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- NATO Looks to Ensure Health Crisis Doesn't Become Security Crisis DoD News 14 May 2020 -- NATO was created to deal with crises, and the alliance continues as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic, said the chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels.
- Coronavirus response: United States transports aid in Italy using NATO's Rapid Air Mobility initiative NATO 14 May 2020 -- A United States Air Force Super Hercules C-130J transported medical and other relief supplies between Milan and Rome on Wednesday (13 May 2020), helping Italy with its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The operation helped redistribute more than 15,000 kilograms of supplies, including KN-95 masks, surgical gowns and COVID-19 test kits between Italian distribution hubs. The flight from the US 86th Airlift Wing out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is the first in a planned series of US Air Forces mobility support operations to Italy.
- NATO Secretary General thanks Slovenia for support in COVID-19 fight NATO 14 May 2020 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Prime Minister Janez Janša for Slovenia's solidarity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic in a call on Thursday (14 May 2020). Mr. Stoltenberg also expressed appreciation for Slovenia's continued contributions to NATO, including the deployment of Slovenian troops in Kosovo.
- NATO Secretary General: Security challenges not diminishing because of COVID-19 NATO 14 May 2020 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed a meeting of NATO Chiefs of Defence on Thursday (14 May 2020) by videoconference. He stressed that security challenges have not diminished because of COVID-19 and NATO must continue to ensure that the health crisis does not turn into a security crisis.
- China deploys AEW, anti-submarine aircraft on South China Sea's Yongshu Reef: report Global Times 14 May 2020 -- Recent foreign satellite images suggest that China has deployed early warning aircraft and anti-submarine aircraft on the Yongshu Reef in the South China Sea amid increased US military activities in the region, as Chinese experts said on Thursday that China has the right to deploy defensive weapons there according to military threats China is facing.
- PLA kicks off drills on northern coast Global Times 14 May 2020 -- China on Thursday kicked off a two-and-a-half month series of military exercises on the northern coast. The drills are more likely to be a regular period of internal training aimed at boosting the combat ability of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and putting its advanced air defense weapons to the test, rather than targeting the island of Taiwan as some reports by Taiwan media have suggested, analysts said.
- Chinese military to recruit university students for non-commissioned officer roles PLA Daily 14 May 2020 -- China's military is recruiting university graduates for non-commissioned officer roles for the first time, according to the recruiting office of the Ministry of National Defense.
- Retired comprehensive supply ship handed over for museum collection PLA Daily 14 May 2020 -- The retired naval comprehensive supply ship Hongzehu (Hull 881) was officially removed from the PLA Navy and handed over to the Memorial Hall for the Birthplace of PLA Navy in Taizhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province on May 12, 2020. It will be the permanent collection there and open to the public.
- Assisting Army, Proud Tradition of DPRK Citizens KCNA 14 May 2020 -- Citizens of the DPRK are assisting with all sincerity the Korean People's Army (KPA) which makes breakthrough of advance taking charge of both national defence and socialist construction.
- A credible nuclear deterrent remains needed U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Germany 14 May 2020 -- By Richard A. Grenell, US Ambassador to Germany
- OP Samudrasetu- INS Jalashwa Returns to Maldives for Phase 2 India PIB 14 May 2020 -- Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa has returned to Male, Maldives to begin Phase 2 of Operation SamudraSetu - repatriation of Indian Nationals from foreign shores by sea. The ship will enter Male port in the early hours of 15 May 20 and begin embarkation of Indian citizens who have already registered with the Indian Embassy in Maldives.
- India Vows to Expedite Infrastructure Development Along China Border Amid Stand-Off Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- India and China have been in a border stand-off across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) for two weeks. The tensions between the neighbouring countries began in eastern Ladakh during the last week in April, when both sides moved troops up to the border area.
- Israeli Air Force to Shutter F-16 Squadron, Focus on F-35s Amid Modernization Effort Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- The newly announced decision to shutter the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) oldest F-16 squadron came as a direct result of the military's large-scale, multi-year "Momentum" plan, which seeks to enhance the lethality of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and signals a targeted focus on Iran.
- Boeing secures cruise missile contracts with Saudi Arabia Press TV 14 May 2020 -- American aircraft-manufacturing giant Boeing has secured two military contracts to provide hundreds of cruise missiles to Saudi Arabia, a US ally that has been leading a brutal war on impoverished Yemen.
- Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure The White House 14 May 2020
- Contracts For May 14, 2020
- Boeing Delivers 100th P-8A Poseidon Built for the U.S. Navy Boeing 14 May 2020 -- The U.S. Navy received its 100th P-8A aircraft from Boeing [NYSE: BA] today as the global fleet, which also includes the Indian navy and the Australian and U.K. air forces, approaches 300,000 flight hours of hunting submarines and providing aerial reconnaissance capabilities around the world.
- 14 May 2020 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 14 May 2020
- Peace in Yemen may be 'within close reach', UN envoy tells Security Council UN News 14 May 2020 -- UN Special Envoy for war-weary Yemen, Martin Griffiths, told the Security Council on Thursday, that he believed an end to the fighting "is within close reach", but cautioning that he had come "yet again to express hope, instead of to report success".
- Yemeni Southern Secessionists Seize Control Over Several Positions in Abyan Province – Source Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- The forces of Yemen's Southern Transitional Council (STC) have established control over several positions in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, a Yemeni military source said on Thursday.
- Warring parties in Yemen make 'significant progress' on ceasefire agreement: UN envoy Press TV 14 May 2020 -- United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths says the warring parties in the impoverished Arab country have made "significant progress" toward agreement on a nationwide ceasefire.
- Saudi-led coalition continues attacks on Yemen despite epidemic Press TV 14 May 2020 -- The Saudi-led coalition continues to launch airstrikes on various areas across Yemen at a time when the war-ravaged county is grappling with the new coronavirus outbreak.
- Libya rebels attack Tripoli's main hospital Press TV 14 May 2020 -- Libyan rebels loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar have struck the main hospital of the capital, Tripoli, the Libyan army says.
- Israel takes advantage of pandemic to annex parts of West Bank: Palestine UN envoy Press TV 14 May 2020 -- Palestine's permanent representative to the United Nations Riyad Mansour says the Israeli regime continues to exploit the global preoccupation with the novel coronavirus pandemic to press ahead with its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in full coordination with US President Donald Trump's administration.
- Myanmar Begins Probe of WHO Staff Killing in Rakhine Amid Skepticism Radio Free Asia 14 May 2020 -- An investigative team formed by the Myanmar government to probe the shooting death of a local World Health Organization worker in volatile Rakhine state last month has begun its probe, local lawmakers said, but witnesses say they are afraid and rights activists say they believe the government will use the process to blame its foe, the Arakan Army.
- Senator Burr Quits as Committee Chair Amid Stock Sale Probe VOA 14 May 2020 -- North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr has stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee while the FBI investigates allegations that he sold stocks using inside information about the coronavirus update.
- Senator Richard Burr Steps Down as Intelligence Committee Chair amid FBI Investigation Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- Public disclosures first investigated by ProPublica show the senator sold more than 30 stocks between late January and mid-February. Some of the stocks were in sectors now devastated by the coronavirus outbreak, such as the hotel, restaurant and shipping industries.
- Trial Begins Of Russian Couple Charged With High Treason Over Wedding Photos RFE/RL 14 May 2020 -- A Russian couple charged with high treason have gone on trial for photographs taken at their wedding five years ago and published online that allegedly revealed the identity of a security operative.
- Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, May 14, 2020 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 14 May 2020
- Maduro: Guaido Hammered Out Venezuela Coup at the White House in February Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- President Maduro's accusations that the plan to overthrow him was hatched in the heart of American democracy are apparently based on the testimony of one mercenary who got arrested after a botched raid this month.
- Former Cleveland Clinic Employee and Chinese "Thousand Talents" Participant Arrested for Wire Fraud US Dept. of Justice 14 May 2020 -- Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman of the Northern District of Ohio, and FBI Cleveland Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith announced a former Cleveland Clinic employee was arrested yesterday without incident by law enforcement and had his initial court appearance today.
- China blasts US accusation of hacking COVID-19 research Press TV 14 May 2020 -- China says the United States is smearing the Asian country after Washington alleged that Chinese hackers were attempting to break into US COVID-19 research on developing a vaccine against the contagious disease.
- Pompeo Calls on China to Stop Attempts to Steal COVID-19 Research Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned China-affiliated actors of trying to steal research related to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and called on Beijing to cease such malicious activity, according to a statement issued on Thursday.
- The United States Condemns Attempts by PRC-Affiliated Actors to Steal American COVID-19 Research US Dept. of State 14 May 2020 -- The United States condemns attempts by cyber actors and non-traditional collectors affiliated with the People's Republic of China (PRC) to steal U.S. intellectual property and data related to COVID-19 research, as announced in a May 13, 2020 warning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on May 14, 2020 PRC MofA 14 May 2020
- Trump says uninterested in talking to Xi, could sever China ties Press TV 14 May 2020 -- US President Donald Trump says he is not interested in talking with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in what seems to be a further degeneration of Washington-Beijing ties amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Uyghurs Urge Other States to Copy US Sanctions Bill For Chinese XUAR Abuses Radio Free Asia 14 May 2020 -- The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday that would sanction Chinese government officials responsible for arbitrary incarceration, forced labor and other abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, home to internment camps holding as many as 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslims.
- China targets GOP hawks, US firms, states over lawsuits Global Times 14 May 2020 -- China is extremely dissatisfied with the abuse of litigation by the US against China over the COVID-19 epidemic, and is considering punitive countermeasures against US individuals, entities and state officials, such as Missouri's attorney general Eric Schmitt, who filed a lawsuit against China, seeking compensation for the coronavirus pandemic, sources close to the matter told the Global Times exclusively.
- Trump Eyes China Crackdown as Coronavirus Retribution VOA 14 May 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he is eyeing ways to crack down on China as retribution for the way it handled the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Xi Focus: Xi chairs leadership meeting on regular epidemic response, industrial and supply chains PLA Daily 14 May 2020 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Thursday chaired a leadership meeting on the effective implementation of regular epidemic prevention and control measures.
- Former senior official took more than $102.4m in bribes Global Times 14 May 2020 -- China's top disciplinary watch dog confiscated more than 631 million yuan ($90.1 million) worth cash and properties illegally obtained by an ex-senior official of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province Zhao Zhengyong, according to a statement released by China's Central Discipline Inspection Commission on Wednesday.
- China's rare earth exports drop 20-30%, crippled by COVID-19 outbreaks abroad Global Times 14 May 2020 -- China's rare earth industry faces rising pressure due to overseas COVID-19 outbreaks, with exports falling 20 to 30 percent since April, while domestic demand has yet to return to pre-crisis levels, industry insiders told the Global Times.
- Residents of Uyghur-Majority County in Xinjiang Ordered to Report Others Fasting During Ramadan Radio Free Asia 14 May 2020 -- Residents of the mostly Uyghur-populated Makit (in Chinese, Maigaiti) county in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been ordered to report anyone discovered to be fasting in observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to sources.
- China mulling punitive countermeasure on US over COVID-19 lawsuits: sources Global Times 14 May 2020 -- China is extremely dissatisfied with US excessive litigation against China over the COVID-19 epidemic and mulling punitive countermeasures on US individuals, entities and state officials like Missouri's attorney general, who filed lawsuits against China in seeking damages over the coronavirus pandemic, sources close to the matter told the Global Times exclusively, and China won't just strike back symbolically, but impose countermeasures that could make them feel the pain, analysts said.
- The United States Welcomes Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation's Intent to Invest $12 Billion to Bolster U.S. National Security and Economic Prosperity US Dept. of State 14 May 2020 -- On May 14, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) announced that it intends to invest $12 billion in the State of Arizona, starting in 2021, to develop the most state-of-the-art five nanometer semiconductor fabrication foundry in the world. The TSMC deal is a game changer for the U.S. semiconductor industry that will bolster American national security and our economic prosperity.
- Cabinet resigns en masse ahead of reshuffle CNA 14 May 2020 -- Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced a mass Cabinet resignation on Thursday, paving the way for a partial government reshuffle after the May 20 inauguration of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) second tenure.
- Proposal for Taiwan to attend WHA aims to disturb assembly: FM Global Times 14 May 2020 -- China strongly opposes some countries' proposals to allow Taiwan island to attend this year's World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer, as such proposals aim to disturb WHA procedures and damage international cooperation against the COVID-19 pandemic, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson stressed on Thursday.
- Taiwan Dispute Spotlights Political Challenges Ahead of WHO Meeting VOA 14 May 2020 -- Next week the World Health Organization holds its annual meeting, where the U.S. will press for Taiwan to be included, despite China's objections.
- North Korea Reopens Maritime Trade at Military-Controlled Seaport Radio Free Asia 14 May 2020 -- North Korea has allowed a military-controlled seaport on the country's west coast to reopen, indicating that the military is resuming its foreign currency earning trade activities while the rest of the country remains on lockdown to combat the coronavirus epidemic, sources told RFA.
- Almost All Smuggled Goods Into Iran Come Through Legal Ports Radio Farda 14 May 2020 -- The Iranian parliament has disclosed in a report that 95 percent of smuggling into the country is done through legal ports of entry and procedures, using 31 different techniques.
- Iran's FM Zarif compares US 'disinfectant' advice to Iran deal comments Press TV 14 May 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the very US administration that has suggested use of "disinfectants" as a coronavirus cure is still behaving as if it is still a party to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that it has quit.
- Iran FM slams US for making 'foolish' claims on nuclear deal, relevant resolution Press TV 14 May 2020 -- Iran's foreign minister slams US officials for making "foolish" claims about the 2015 nuclear deal and the UN resolution that endorsed it, saying it is natural for those who suggest disinfectant injections as a preventive measure against the new coronavirus to claim they are still party to the agreement they have already abandoned.
- US threatens to trigger return of UN Iran sanctions as Russia reaffirms opposition Press TV 14 May 2020 -- The United States has threatened to trigger a return of all United Nations sanctions on Iran if the UN Security Council does not extend an arms embargo on Tehran that is due to expire in October.
- Iran's Zarif Dismisses Trump, Hook Threats Over Sanctions Radio Farda 14 May 2020 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif on Thursday lashed out at President Donald Trump and the Special Representative on Iran Brian Hook's threats to trigger a return of all United Nations sanctions if the arms embargo under the Iran nuclear agreement is not extended in October.
- Activists: Iraq's Kurdish Region Becomes Less Safe for Iranian Dissidents VOA 13 May 2020 -- Long hailed as a haven for minority groups, Iraq's northern autonomous Kurdistan region has turned into treacherous territory for many Iranian dissidents and refugees escaping persecution from Iranian authorities, rights activists say.
- Pakistan's Ruling Party, Powerful Military Accused Of Trying To Roll Back 'Democratizing Laws' RFE/RL 14 May 2020 -- During his iron-fisted reign, Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf toppled an elected government, dismissed judges, suspended the constitution, and imposed emergency rule.
- Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Announces Additional Voluntary Reduction of Crude Oil Production SPA 14 May 2020 -- Saudi newspapers highlighted in their editorials today a number of issues at local, regional, and international arenas.
- Report reveals UK attempt to turn Syria Alawites against Assad Press TV 14 May 2020 -- A new report sheds light on Britain's role in the formation of a so-called protest campaign online against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the name of the Arab country's Alawite community, a key source of support for Damascus in its years-long fight against foreign-sponsored terrorists.
- EU Voices 'Particular Concerns' Over Hungary's Coronavirus Laws RFE/RL 14 May 2020 -- The European Union's commissioner responsible for upholding the bloc's values and transparency has expressed deep concern over the situation in Hungary, where right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban was granted sweeping powers under a package of emergency measures aimed at fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
- Georgian Opposition Says Not Freeing 'Political Prisoners' Means Deal Broken RFE/RL 14 May 2020 -- Georgia's opposition parties have warned they will abandon a foreign-brokered deal on election reforms if "political prisoners" are not released.
- The Wealthy Uzbek Senator Implicated In The Deadly Collapse Of A Dam RFE/RL 14 May 2020 -- Uzbek authorities say they are probing the cause of a dam collapse that killed at least four people and drove tens of thousands more out of their homes earlier this month.
- Uzbekistan: France Transferred $10 Million Of Karimova's Assets RFE/RL 14 May 2020 -- Uzbekistan says it has received from France assets worth $10 million illegally acquired by Gulnara Karimova, the imprisoned elder daughter of late President Islam Karimov.
- EBRD Expects Quicker Economic Recovery in Eastern Europe RFE/RL 14 May 2020 -- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says the coronavirus outbreak will deal a "massive" blow this year to the 37 countries it invests in, but the economies of Central and Eastern Europe are positioned to bounce back quickly.
- Cambodian Opposition Member Urges King Sihamoni to Intervene in Political Deadlock Radio Free Asia 14 May 2020 -- A member of Cambodia's opposition party marked the 67th birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni on Thursday by urging him to stop "ignoring" the country's political stalemate, prompting the ruling party to dismiss the widely held view that it exerts pressure on him to harden its grip on power.
- Cambodian Government Says 'Human Rights Need to be Put Aside' in the War On Drugs Radio Free Asia 14 May 2020 -- Cambodia has shrugged off a report by Amnesty International faulting a three-year-old government war on illegal drugs for systematic human rights violations and a public health crisis, saying rights "need to be put aside" to fight the narcotics problem.
- Malaysia Postpones No-Confidence Vote Against Prime Minister VOA 14 May 2020 -- A parliamentary no-confidence vote against Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will not take place next week as previously scheduled.
- Founder Of Kaspersky Cybersecurity Lab: Cybercrime On Rise During COVID-19 Lockdowns RFE/RL 14 May 2020 -- Russian cybersecurity magnate and CEO of Moscow-based cybersecurity Kaspersky Lab says cybercrimes have risen during lockdowns introduced across the world to slow down coronavirus spread, adding that the majority of cybercriminals are Russian-speakers.
- Cuba dismisses US labeling as country not cooperating in counterterrorism Press TV 14 May 2020 -- Cuba has dismissed a move by the United States to list the country among the states not cooperating with Washington in counterterrorism, saying the Caribbean nation itself is a victim of US-linked terror.
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