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US Rep. Tammy Duckworth announces she's pregnant

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 25 min ago
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double amputee, said Monday she's pregnant and expecting a baby girl in early December.

War of 1812: Washington's darkest day

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 15 min ago
The day began like so many days in Washington, with a painfully long meeting marked by confusion, misinformation and indecision. But on this day, the British were coming.

Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 17 min ago
Iraq's outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into "a big grave" for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending the siege of a Shiite town.

More mentors means fewer ‘dropouts’

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 23 min ago
What young people like Nico Rodriguez need most is not necessarily more action in Washington but more action from us.

Two centuries later, Battle of Caulk's Field is brought to light

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 58 min ago
The Battle of Caulk's Field, the engagement at which the local soldiers of the Kent County militia stood up to the highly trained British Royal Navy and Marines, unfolded in the darkness of the early morning of Aug. 31, 1814. The only light came from the moon and the flashes of the troops' muskets.

Germany sends arms to Iraqi Kurds

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 58 min ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is sending 16,000 assault rifles, anti-tank weapons and armored vehicles to Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State militants, lifting a German taboo on shipments into war zones.

Middle-class Kabul district braces for Taliban

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 3 min ago
For residents of Qasaba in Kabul's northeastern reaches — where there are more watchtowers than trees, and more armored cars than Afghanistan's famed, fragrant rose buses — theirs is a story of a once-quiet community now grappling with the encroaching violence.

UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 9 min ago
Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 16 min ago
North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

UN backs inquiry of Islamic State's alleged crimes

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 16 min ago
The U.N.'s top human rights body on Monday overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and parts of Iraq.

Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 19 min ago
The outbreak of World War II 75 years ago shows why Europe must put an end to the war in Ukraine now, Poland's prime minister said Monday.

USS Germantown, Sasebo 'in a much better place' after leadership changes

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 31 min ago
Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald says bold action was needed to right the Sasebo-based ship after a new commander reportedly did not take decisive action against a clear-cut case of sexual harassment.

Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in Ukraine peace talks

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 36 min ago
Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

Afghanistan’s election stalemate casts shadow on NATO summit

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 52 min ago
While U.S. and NATO officials acknowledge the complications caused by Afghanistan's political uncertainty, they insist that the problems don’t detract from the NATO-led coalition’s achievements.

Hijacked Capt. Phillips: 'We're stronger than we know'

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 56 min ago
People are tougher than they realize — and they learn it when life-threatening conditions test their mettle, says Capt. Richard Phillips, who survived such an ordeal when pirates hijacked his cargo ship off the coast of Somalia and U.S. Navy SEALs rescued him.

Muslims must take back Islam from murderers

Stars & Stripes - 6 hours 1 min ago
Either we reject the Islamic State and groups like it in the clearest possible terms, or we allow them to become the face of Muslims.

Battle-hit Ukraine village picks up the pieces

Stars & Stripes - 6 hours 38 min ago
Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the village of Hrabske must scrape for a living and at least scrap metal is reliable — with wrecked tanks, cars and APCs everywhere.

Wales summit will test NATO’s vision in wake of new threats

Stars & Stripes - 6 hours 38 min ago
“This is the most important summit since the end of the Cold War. If it flunks this now, it would be difficult to see how it would recover its reputation,” said Jonathan Eyal, director of security studies at the Royal United Services Institute. “The reputation of NATO is on the line.”

Hiring process is an adjustment for veterans ... and companies

Stars & Stripes - 6 hours 51 min ago
In the next few years, hundreds of thousands of veterans will find their mission changed from defending the country to meeting private-sector goals of customer service and turning a profit. While they bring recognizable experiences of self-discipline and teamwork, they may not be able to easily match their skills to the bullet points on the job description.

Rasmussen: NATO to establish quick-response ‘spearhead force’

Stars & Stripes - 7 hours 13 min ago
NATO will establish a new “spearhead force” in answer to Russian aggression in Europe that is capable of conducting crisis-response missions in a matter of days, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.
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