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US, Japan conclude joint drills in disputed South China Sea

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 16:19
Japan's Defense Ministry announced Friday that the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s largest warship, the Izumo helicopter carrier, wrapped up three days of joint drills with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the disputed South China Sea.

Deported veterans optimistic after Texas lawmaker's dinner with Trump

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 16:11
Deported military veterans living in Mexico say they are hopeful that a recent dinner between a freshman Democratic congressman and the president will open the door to their return to the U.S. and make it harder to deport those who served in the military.

WWII vet was part of top-secret unit involved with espionage in Europe

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 16:02
An Army Air Forces veteran, whose secret missions aided the resistance in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

Black gun owners worried by acquittal in Castile shooting

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 16:01
The acquittal of a Minnesota officer in the death of a licensed gun owner who volunteered that he had a gun seconds before being fatally shot during a traffic stop adds to the worries of African-American gun owners about how they are treated by police and society.

58 people confirmed or presumed dead from London tower fire

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 15:49
Fifty-eight people who were in Grenfell Tower are still missing and are presumed to be dead, London police announced Saturday, raising the death toll in the horrific inferno that turned the public housing block into a charred hulk.

WWI ordnance donated to Pennsylvania church for sale

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 15:48
The church was having a sale in its parking lot and people had dropped off items to be sold, South Whitehall police Chief John Christman said. One of the boxes left overnight contained the suspicious item, he said.

Tiny Qatar refuses to bend

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 15:43
Qatar is the size of Connecticut, with a population of 2.6 million, only about 300,000 of them Qatari citizens. It’s oil- and gas-rich, and its leaders have managed to defy larger Arab neighbors in recent years in part by leveraging that wealth and ties with another neighbor, Iran, and the United States — 10,000 U.S. troops are based at Al Udeid Air Base outside Doha.

Jail records identify two soldiers held in Fort Carson shooting

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 15:36
Two Fort Carson soldiers were held in the Douglas County jail Friday afternoon, a day after a shooting on the post left one soldier injured and led to heightened security.

$274 million approved for Hampton Roads military construction projects

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 15:27
Hampton Roads would see $274 million in brick-and-mortar military construction projects next year under legislation approved this week by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.

US issues security alert for Istanbul, which Turkey refutes

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 15:16
A U.S. Consulate in Turkey has alerted its citizens of heightened security in an Istanbul neighborhood because of a possible terror threat.

Romania detains 32 Iraqi migrants hiding in furniture truck

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 15:13
Romanian border police have detained 32 Iraqis hidden in a truck transporting furniture who told authorities they were trying to reach a country in Europe's visa-free Schengen travel zone.

53 years later, Australia leaves Cyprus peacekeeping force

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 15:11
With its flag lowered one final time, Australia on Friday ended 53 years of helping to keep the peace on ethnically divided Cyprus by pulling out its last three police officers serving with a United Nations peacekeeping force.

Damaged Fitzgerald returns to Yokosuka as search continues for 7 missing sailors

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 15:02
Seven sailors are missing and three more, including the commanding officer, were confirmed injured after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel early Saturday off the coast of Japan.

Spain: 5 migrants found dead in drifting boat, 92 more saved

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:51
Spain's maritime rescue service has recovered the bodies of five migrants who died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in a small boat.

'Trooping the color' in London for queen's official birthday

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:48
Queen Elizabeth II and senior royals have marked her official birthday in the annual Trooping the Color celebration. The 91-year-old monarch was greeted Saturday by hundreds of well-wishers on a sunny day in the heart of ceremonial London.

Excommunicating mobsters? Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:31
Pope Francis has long railed against corruption and the mafia, but now the Vatican is considering developing a whole doctrine around excommunicating corrupt and mafia-tinged Catholics.

Zinke moving dozens of senior Interior officials in shake-up

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:21
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is reassigning dozens of top career officials within his ranks, a shake-up that appears to be the start of a broad reorganization of a department that manages one-fifth of all land within the United States.

UN: Growing threat from African rebels after US ends pursuit

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:10
The United Nations is warning of a growing threat from an African rebel group led by one of the world's most wanted men after the United States and Uganda gave up their pursuit.

Though the EU is popular again, Brussels has reasons to worry

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:06
Support for the EU coincides with renewed economic confidence across the continent. The euro zone economy grew significantly in 2016. Unemployment has dropped to the single digits, and job creation accelerated to a nine-year record at the beginning of this year.

Vowing to return, Rodman wraps up low-key Pyongyang visit

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:00
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, vowing to come back again soon, on Saturday wrapped up a low-key and incident-free visit to the North Korean capital.
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