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A sister uses her gifts to send messages to fallen soldiers

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 03:29
Making a violin is a methodical art. For Sonja St. John, that structure is a necessity — and the routine, in many ways, a saving grace. She finishes each new violin with another ritual, by gluing a small, handwritten message inside. Each is different, but they are often a tribute to members of the military.

Philippines official: Terror suspect still in besieged city

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:40
One of Asia's most-wanted militants is still hiding out in a city in the southern Philippines where government forces backed by armored vehicles and helicopters are battling gunmen linked to the Islamic State group, the country's military chief said Friday.

Sentencing delayed for Air Force reservist guilty of sex crime on base

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 00:27
Kyle Jordan, 31, an Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Korea, was to be sentenced Thursday for having sex with an unconscious woman he supervised at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Fort Carson's fallen honored at Mountain Post Warrior Memorial ceremony

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 00:23
Hundreds who gathered Thursday at Fort Carson's Mountain Post Warrior Memorial to remember the scores of local soldiers who've lost their lives in combat since 2004.

Their fathers were enemies, but the children of Vietnam's dead share a bond

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 00:19
Vietnamese and American children of parents killed on opposite sides in the war are gathering to honor lost fathers and mothers and to embrace each other as brothers and sisters as a part of the 2 Sides Project.

US diplomat: China tightened border controls with N. Korea

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 23:56
China has signed on to U.N. sanctions and suspended coal imports from North Korea through the rest of the year, but has been generally reticent about what other steps it may be taking to use its leverage as Pyongyang's most important trading and diplomatic partner.

S. Korea OKs civilian contact with N. Korea in goodwill gesture

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 23:30
The announcement is a sign that the liberal government led by new President Moon Jae-in is trying to restart stalled civilian aid and exchange programs as a way to improve strained ties with the rival North.

New Palestinian metropolis rises in the West Bank as Israeli occupation turns 50

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:50
Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza began five decades ago, when Israel defeated three Arab armies. Today, millions of Palestinians still face concrete walls, checkpoints and other Israeli controls. What does it feel like to be "occupied" in 2017?

Trump told in Brussels that West should focus on 'values,' not only interests

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:13
President Donald Trump exported the confrontational, nationalist rhetoric of his campaign across the Atlantic on Thursday, scolding European leaders for not footing more of the bill for their own defense and lecturing them to stop taking advantage of U.S. taxpayers.

At Arlington's Flags-In, remembering and honoring the fallen

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:51
More than 284,000 flags were placed in front of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday by hundreds of soldiers with The Old Guard during the annual pre-Memorial Day Flags-In ceremony.

San Bernardino terror attack suspects shot up to 27 times

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:22
Authorities released a report Thursday detailing the manhunt and shootout with a husband and wife who killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in the San Bernardino terror attack in December 2015.

No health survey conducted before Pentagon built Guantanamo’s Camp Justice

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:16
The report, echoing earlier studies that ruled out a cancer cluster at Camp Justice, reflects the haphazard nature of the development of the complex in a series of recommendations to monitor for health risks among the staff working there.

Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:05
Jared Kushner, who held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, is being investigated because of the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians.

Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader — who calls it natural

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:47
At Thursday's gathering in Brussels, Trump put his right hand on the right arm of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and pushed himself ahead as NATO leaders walked inside the alliance's new headquarters and prepared for a group photo.

Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:17
In a 10-3 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban likely violates the Constitution. And it upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican administration from cutting off visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Turkey's leader confronted by France, Germany at NATO summit

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:51
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was confronted by key allies France and Germany with diplomatic complaints despite him traveling to Brussels to celebrate the unity of the NATO alliance.

Iraqi forces release videos it says counters claims of abuse

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:45
An Iraqi Interior Ministry unit accused of abusing civilian detainees while fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul has released videos it says refutes the allegations reported by Germany's Der Spiegel magazine.

Uzbek man serving sentence in terror plot stabbed warden at Calif. prison

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:42
An Uzbek refugee serving 25 years behind bars for a plot to kill U.S. military personnel or civilians has been charged with stabbing the warden at the California federal prison where he was serving his sentence, prosecutors said Thursday.

G-7 leaders seek common ground after seismic shifts

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:31
Since G-7 members met last year, Britain has decided to leave the European Union. President Donald Trump has ordered a review of the U.S. position on climate change, sought a travel ban against several Muslim nations and is challenging the status quo on trade. Where there was once broad agreement, now G-7 leaders will be looking to build trust among themselves as they seek common ground.

UK bomber said to have pleaded 'Forgive me' before blast

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:17
Britons faced stepped-up security, authorities pushed forward with raids they said were uncovering key evidence and a trans-Atlantic rift opened Thursday in the aftermath of a deadly concert bombing.
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