Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Southeast Asia agreed Tuesday to create a regional disaster management committee to prepare responses to disasters like bird flu and last year's tsunami, officials said. The annual regional meeting in Manila also agreed to set up a disaster management training center in the Philippines, Philippine National Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said. Gordon said bird flu was among the focuses of the Manila meeting, with officials emphasizing immediate response and the need for an information campaign particularly targeting people who handle fowl, or who are exposed to them. Gordon said the Red Cross and Red Crescent regional leaders were considering the former U.S. naval base in Subic, which has been transformed into a tourism and economic zone, as the site of the regional disaster training center. It was not clear when it will become operational, informs the AP.
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea