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Race to prevent airline terror turns to laptops, thin bombs

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:55
Airlines and travelers are girding for one of the most disruptive new security restrictions since Sept. 11, 2001, as the U.S. appears close to expanding a ban on laptops and other large electronics from cabins on flights leaving Europe for America.

PACOM chief reminds troops in Japan that region remains a priority

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:32
Standing in front of one of America’s largest unmanned aircraft, Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris told troops at the U.S. Forces Japan headquarters that the Asia-Pacific region is a priority for Washington.

Trump’s dangerous (and early) credibility gap

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:18
It’s not surprising that Trump didn’t change his ways when he arrived at the White House. Playing fast and loose with the truth had always worked for him before.

Don’t worry, the FBI won’t give up the Russia probe

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:16
They FBI agents conducting the Russia probe are sophisticated actors who know how to press the levers of Washington to fight back against any effort to curb their work.

Missile Defense 101: N. Korea could hit with little warning

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 08:38
The scenario has become pretty familiar by now. Sometime in the early morning, a missile roars off its launcher in North Korea and flies off — to a splash zone somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. But what if Pyongyang wasn't just testing its hardware or drilling its troops? How long would it take to hit its real-world, primary targets?

USS Ronald Reagan now underway on patrol amid uncertainty in Asia

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 07:23
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan departed its Yokosuka homeport Tuesday for a scheduled patrol of the Asia-Pacific region, amid concerns about North Korea and questions about how the White House will address China’s claims to the South China Sea.

Marines are back in Afghanistan's most violent province; their mission could expand

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 07:22
A Marine Corps task force newly deployed to Afghanistan's most violent province could need additional troops or other resources, depending on what policy decisions that Washington and Kabul make for Afghanistan, said the top officer in the task force.

Lawmakers express shock, concern about Trump disclosure of classified information

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 06:32
Lawmakers expressed shock and concern after learning that President Donald Trump had revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a meeting in the Oval Office last week, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Law enforcement leaders join Gabrielle Giffords in gun control push

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 06:26
A group of law enforcement leaders and gun control activists led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are launching a lobbying effort Tuesday to oppose legislation that would decrease federal regulation of silencers and nationalize concealed carry permitting. The coalition argues that the bills would make law enforcement less safe.

New South Korean leader to go to White House summit in June

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 05:34
New South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit the White House next month for a summit with President Donald Trump amid worries over North Korea's progress in building a nuclear and missile arsenal, Seoul's presidential office said Tuesday.

Trump prepares for first overseas trip, with anti-globalism at bay

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 04:36
As President Donald Trump prepares to depart Friday for his first trip abroad, he no longer behaves like a president eager to disengage from the world, and from the postwar alliances of the last seven decades that he so denigrated as a candidate.

Like their fathers and grandfathers, Fort Carson troops head for training in Germany

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 03:14
More than 600 Fort Carson soldiers deployed Monday in a rapid deployment exercise reminiscent of Cold War training carried out by the fathers and grandfathers.

Afghan officials: Taliban rocket, mortar attacks kill 4

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 02:46
Taliban attacks killed at least four people in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said.

Clues point to possible North Korean involvement in massive cyberattack

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 00:44
Security researchers have found digital clues in the malware used in last weekend's global ransomware attack that might indicate North Korea is involved, although they caution the evidence is not conclusive.

UN gives Sudan and South Sudan 6 months for Abyei monitoring

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 00:18
The U.N. Security Council agreed unanimously late Monday that the stalemate between Sudan and South Sudan over the status of the oil-rich region of Abyei has gone on for too long and gave the countries a final six months to implement joint border monitoring.

Soldier injured in Humvee crash at Fort Bragg in stable condition

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 22:42
A soldier who was taken by medical helicopter to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill after a serious crash between a Humvee and tractor-trailer on Fort Bragg last week is in stable condition, according to a spokeswoman.

Guantanamo’s 9/11 case judge: Civil suit no problem for this week’s hearing

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 22:34
A military judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit brought by a former death penalty expert on a 9/11 trial defense team could not derail progress in the Sept. 11 case and ordered defense attorneys to continue representing alleged plot deputy Walid bin Attash.

'My whole house reeks': Navy jet fuel vapors invade Virginia Beach neighborhoods

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 21:38
Neighbors want to know what effects they can expect from the 94,000 gallons of jet fuel that spilled at Oceana Naval Air Station last week.

Air Force to evaluate Scorpion, AT-6 light-attack planes

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 21:31
The unit of Wichita-based Textron Aviation said in a statement on Monday that its Scorpion multimission tactical jet and Beechcraft AT-6 will participate in the Air Force’s evaluation of aircraft to augment its aging fleet of A-10 Warthogs that provide close-air support to ground forces.

Cannon AFB officer receives Distinguished Flying Cross

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 20:04
An Air Force officer assigned to a special operations unit at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico is being honored for his actions while under enemy gunfire in the African nation of Djibouti in 2013.
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