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Japanese WWII veteran supports Myanmar students

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:27
When he went to Myanmar to console the souls of the Japanese soldiers who died in WWII, Seiji Imaizumi heard local residents had buried the bodies of his comrades. Imaizumi said he thought, "I want to return the favor by helping the development of young people who will forge Myanmar's future."

Official: US military flying over Islamic State-controlled Tikrit

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:39
The U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State group has begun surveillance flights over Tikrit and is sending intelligence to Iraqi forces fighting to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown, a senior official said Tuesday.

Documentary explores 'The Burden' fossil fuel has on US military

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:06
If there’s one image that lingers after viewing the documentary “The Burden,” it’s the ubiquitous shots of troops — from every service in every theater — trudging around with massive fuel hoses over their shoulders.

B-17 Flying Fortress bomber from Texas is at Chattanooga airport

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:02
Only nine of the 12,731 B-17s built still fly in the United States, said Vicki Thomas of the Commemorative Air Force, which operates the plane visiting Chattanooga along with more than 160 other historic aircraft.

San Antonio was military air hub, from early flight to space

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:52
Now 87 and decades removed from a career that saw him command a pair of Gemini Earth-orbital missions and two famous journeys to the moon, Jim Lovell laughs as hard as ever while recounting a pivotal week at Brooks, a World War I flight training base that by the early 1960s was home to U.S. space medicine.

VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:43
Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.

352nd Special Operations Group becomes a wing as its size, mission grow

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:33
U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command marked a doubling of its personnel and the revamping of its fleet in Europe here on Monday by redesignating the 352nd Special Operations Group as a wing.

‘Godfather’ money rules Nigeria vote as lawmakers outearn Obama

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:29
As Africa’s biggest oil producer prepares to elect a president and parliament on Saturday, at stake for most politicians is the power to dispense and receive cash and patronage rather than competing ideologies. The main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, has said it will maintain many of the economic policies of President Goodluck Jonathan’s ruling People’s Democratic Party.

Report: Militants holding Mosul skimming government salaries

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:29
Islamic State militants are skimming tens of millions of dollars a month from salaries paid to Iraqi government employees in occupied areas such as Mosul, but Baghdad continues to send the cash to maintain local support, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Russia’s return to Nicaragua worrying many in Central America

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:26
Russia is rekindling its once-strong ties to Nicaragua, possibly including providing the Central American nation with jet fighters, stoking unease as far away as the Andes in South America.

Millions of dollars wasted in Fukushima cleanup, audit finds

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:11
Japanese government auditors say the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has wasted more than a third of the $1.6 billion in taxpayer money allocated for cleaning up the plant after it was destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Obama, Afghan president to finalize plan for US troop exit

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:10
President Barack Obama welcomes Afghanistan's new president to the Oval Office on Tuesday with fraught questions staring them in the face: Will the U.S. slow its departure from Afghanistan — and for how long?

Canada to conduct airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:58
Canada's prime minister will announce a one-year extension of its military mission against the Islamic State group and expand it to include air strikes on targets in Syria, a senior government official said.

US counterterrorism strategy in Yemen collapses amid chaos

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:45
Once hailed by President Barack Obama as a model for fighting extremism, the U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen has all but collapsed as the country descends into chaos, according to U.S. and Yemeni officials.

Shiite rebels fire on protesters in south Yemen, killing 6

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:35
Shiite rebels fired bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters demanding they withdraw from a southern province, killing six demonstrators, wounding scores more and escalating tensions in a country on the verge of civil war.

Grateful Lithuanians greet US troops as operation Dragoon Ride gets underway

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:14
The man said he came from several towns away to meet the young American soldiers passing through this northern Lithuanian city. He had a simple message to share.

Israel denies spying on US

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:03
Israel's defense minister is denying a report that his country spied on the United States' handling of sensitive negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

7 obstacles candidate Ted Cruz must overcome

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:00
A number of factors make it unlikely Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will finish first when Republicans pick their nominee.

Swedish military reports Russian aircraft over Baltic Sea

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:00
The Swedish Air Force on Tuesday tracked four Russian combat aircraft flying with their transponders turned off over the Baltic Sea, officials said.

UN proposes Libyan unity government and presidential council

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:40
The United Nations has presented its proposal to reconcile Libya's warring factions into a unity government.
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