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Veterans: Report validates wait-time allegations at Houston VA

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 03:20
Local veterans say their concerns were vindicated by a report from the VA's Office of Inspector General released this week that found Houston-area VA officials were manipulating scheduling in a way that obscured the long wait times for appointments.

Islamic State militants push back in Syria, Iraq and Libya

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 02:18
Even as internationally backed forces chip away at Islamic State-held territory in Syria, Iraq and Libya, the militants have demonstrated a stubborn resilience this week in the face of recent losses.

Top US diplomat meets with Venezuela's president amid crisis

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:54
A senior U.S. diplomat met with Venezuela's socialist president Wednesday, apparently hoping to prevent a humanitarian disaster and ease a political crisis in this deeply polarized nation.

Former UN General Assembly chief dies amid bribery case

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:47
A brother of former United Nations General Assembly President John Ashe of Antigua says the former official of the world body has died amid an ongoing bribery case.

Ex-Speaker Hastert enters prison, now Inmate No. 47991-424

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:38
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert wheeled himself into a federal prison in Minnesota on Wednesday to serve his 15-month sentence in a hush-money case involving revelations that he sexually abused at least four boys while a high school wrestling coach in Illinois.

North Korea mobilizes on 200-day economic speed campaign

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 00:41
North Korea's newest 200-day "speed campaign" reflects leader Kim Jong Un's desire to energize the isolated country's sputtering economy.

Airmen killed 20 years ago at Khobar Towers honored at Gunter

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 23:18
Gunter, one of two installations to have a display dedicated to the Khobar Towers attack, will unveil three "modernized" exhibits that will replace the first one dedicated there in 1999.

Korean War soldier's remains returning home after 66 years

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 23:03
Army Sgt. Bailey Keeton Jr.'s remains are returning home to Tennessee in a motorcade more than six decades after his death and will be laid to rest Saturday with full military honors in what a brother calls the "prettiest cemetery in Scott County."

Battle of Okinawa service reflects tensions over slaying

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 23:00
Recent strains on the U.S.-Japan alliance were clear Thursday as high-level representatives of both countries gathered to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one of World War II’s fiercest ground battles.

RAF Lakenheath gives air enthusiasts inside view

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 23:00
Nine British photographers had the rare opportunity to document fighter jets in action at RAF Lakenheath during the second ever Aviation Enthusiasts tour Wednesday.

DoD Identifies Navy Casualty*

DoD News Releases - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 22:59
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew J. Clement, 38, of Peabody, Massachusetts, died June 21 of a non-combat related injury while deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The incident is under investigation.Clement was a mobilized Navy reservist
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Homeland Security employee found carrying concealed weapons

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 21:31
S. authorities are investigating a Department of Homeland Security program analyst who allegedly entered the agency's Northwest Washington headquarters June 9 with a loaded handgun, a knife, two handheld radio communication devices, an infrared camera, pepper spray and handcuffs, according to court documents.

Detainee Transfer Announced

DoD News Releases - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 20:38
The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab Al Rahabi  from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Montenegro.On Dec. 5, 2014, a Periodic Review Board consisting of representatives from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State; the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and
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North Korea trumpets successful midrange missile launch

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:37
Kim Jong Un claimed the launch gives his country the "sure capability to attack in an overall and practical way the Americans in the Pacific operation theatre."

Family implores Obama to find U.S Marine-turned-journalist in Syria

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:21
Austin Tice, the last unaccounted-for American reporter in Syria, was abducted by unknown gunmen in August 2012 and has been incommunicado ever since.

Is Lewandowski Trump’s sacrificial lamb?

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:00
Not all will buy Trump’s reinvention, no matter what sort of incantations transpired Tuesday.

1 of 2 remaining Doolittle Raiders dies in Montana

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 18:50
Retired Staff Sgt. David Jonathan Thatcher was part of the group of airmen who bombed Japan in an attack that stunned that nation and boosted U.S. morale.

Estimate for Air and Space facelift closes in on $1 billion

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 17:39
The 40-year-old building one of needs new mechanical systems and a new exterior. About half of the building would be kept open during six to seven years it would take to repair it, officials said.

DoD opens door for its employees to phase into retirement

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 17:30
The Pentagon's personnel office lays out the policies it will use for the hybrid arrangement in which retirement-eligible employees cut back to part-time work for a time before retiring fully.

Ventura to appeal vacating of $1.8M 'American Sniper' award

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 17:00
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura wants a rehearing after a federal appeals court threw out a $1.8 million jury award to Ventura, who said he was defamed by the late author Chris Kyle in the bestselling book "American Sniper."
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