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Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

Stars & Stripes - 17 min 43 sec ago
Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy, the efforts are in full swing.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release

Stars & Stripes - 37 min 32 sec ago
In a statement, Sony said it was cancelling "The Interview" "in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film." The studio said it respected and shared in the exhibitors' concerns.

'Saving Private Ryan' among films being preserved

Stars & Stripes - 55 min 44 sec ago
"Saving Private Ryan" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" are among 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.

Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 4 min ago
The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House on Wednesday.

Contracts for December 17, 2014

DoD Contract Announcements - 1 hour 5 min ago
Contracts valued at $6.5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m.
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Cuba-U.S. relations: A half-century exercise in acrimony

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 15 min ago
Wednesday’s stunning news of a bilateral commitment to ending more than half a century of acrimony between Washington and Havana will likely be seen by Fidel Castro as vindication of his refusal to submit to the dictates of his powerful U.S. neighbor.

Afghan insurgents storm bank in south, killing 10

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 28 min ago
Afghan insurgents stormed a bank in the country's restive southern province of Helmand on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people including three policemen, authorities said.

On pot legalization, DC must defer to higher authority

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 4 min ago
Legalizing marijuana in the District of Columbia is a recipe for legal chaos. There are 26 separate law enforcement agencies in the city. Twenty-five of them answer only to the federal government.

Pakistan buries victims of school massacre

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 5 min ago
As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to become a pilot. A 13-year-old wanted to become a doctor. Another kid just loved playing video games with his cousins.

After 53 years, time is right for US and Cuba

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 22 min ago
The surprise moves come as President Barack Obama is turning his attention to legacy issues, and Raul Castro is trying to boost his nation's economic fortunes in the face of stalled reforms and falling oil prices that have hit his allies hard. "After today, everything changes," said Carlos Alzugaray, a former Cuban diplomat.

Army leaders say there's no drawdown in costs as U.S. troops leave Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 25 min ago
U.S. Army leaders in Afghanistan have squeezed as much savings as they can from the war, and they say a smaller troop presence will not necessarily translate to less money spent.

Kurdish Iraqi forces launch operation in Sinjar

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 40 min ago
Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the Syrian border.

Guilty plea in scam that left WWII veteran homeless in South Philadelphia

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 48 min ago
Ray White, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, was left homeless after befriending a con man who systematically scammed him out of his South Philadelphia house, vintage Bentley and Cadillac, and everything else he valued.

Sydney hostage planned daring escape

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 51 min ago
The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so he made a decision, one he knew came with a cost: he was going to try to escape.

USS James E. Williams' toxic command climate cited in sailor's suicide

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 7 min ago
A sailor's suicide on board the Norfolk-based destroyer James E. Williams in June can be blamed in part on a toxic command climate that involved bullying and retribution, a command investigation has found.

Released from Cuba, Alan Gross says freedom is not free

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 14 min ago
In his first public remarks after arriving in the U.S., Alan Gross spoke supportively of President Barack Obama's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than a half-century of discord. He said that more than five decades of history had shown that the previous U.S. approach to its old foe wasn't effective.

Arrests of Army recruiters in Florida part of nationwide pattern of sexual misconduct

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 26 min ago
The recent arrests of two Army recruiters in Osceola County, Fla. charged with having sex with a 17-year-old girl highlight a nationwide pattern of sexual misconduct by military recruiters.

Winter Illuminations

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 40 min ago

Text of President Obama's remarks on US-Cuba relations, Dec. 17, 2014

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 51 min ago
The text of President Barack Obama's remarks Wednesday on the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and on future diplomatic relations between the two countries. The text was provided by the White House.

Off-base events

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 57 min ago
A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.
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