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May 20, 2013

Headlines May 20, 2013

News

United Airlines resumes flights of Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is poised to clear another hurdle in restoring its image as United Airlines, the only U.S. operator, resumes flights after the jet’s battery flaws forced a three-month grounding.

 

Business

Carr is favorite to become BAE chairman

Roger Carr, the long-standing chairman of U.K. gas utility Centrica PLC and a veteran of British takeover battles, is the front runner to replace Dick Olver as chairman of Britain’s biggest defense contractor, BAE Systems PLC, a person familiar with the matter said May 19.

 

Defense

US missile test postponed in April due to North Korean tensions rescheduled

The Air Force says its test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, which Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had postponed in April because of tensions with North Korea, is now scheduled to happen May 21.

 

Veterans

More than 85,000 veterans treated last year over alleged military sex abuse, report says

More than 85,000 veterans were treated last year for injuries or illness stemming from sexual abuse in the military, and 4,000 sought disability benefits, underscoring the staggering long-term impact of a crisis that has roiled the Pentagon and been condemned by President Barack Obama as “”shameful and disgraceful.”

Groups let vets email for education benefits help

Two prominent veterans service organizations have announced a joint effort intended to help vets more quickly resolve problems with their education benefits.

 

International

North Korea fires short-range weapon for third day

North Korea continued firing short-range weapons over its own eastern waters May 20 after a weekend of what it called “rocket launching tests” intended to bolster deterrence against enemy attack. South Korean officials were investigating exactly what it was that the North was testing.

United Kingdom: Hundreds wave goodbye to HMS Ark Royal

Hundreds of people have turned out to wave goodbye to the Royal Navy’s former flagship HMS Ark Royal as it was towed away to be scrapped.

United Kingdom: Army launch recruitment drive for 10,000 new young soldiers ahead of redundancies

The Army has launched a campaign to sign up 10,000 new recruits just weeks before thousands of experienced soldiers who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan will lose their jobs.

France in talks with U.S., Israel to buy drones

France is in talks with the United States and Israel to buy intelligence-gathering drones to build up a modern fleet, Defense Minister Jean-Yves le Drain said May 19.




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