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7 militants killed in US airstrike in Somalia

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:12
The U.S. military killed seven militants in Somalia in a series of airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday about 200 miles southwest of the capital of Mogadishu, according to U.S. Africa Command.

Spain rescues 600 migrants in Mediterranean in 24 hours

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:06
Spain's maritime rescue service has saved more than 600 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco in the past 24 hours, making it one of its busiest days so far this year.

Fort Drum runs active shooter drill, mass casualty exercise at local hospitals

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:05
Fort Drum, Carthage Area Hospital and Samaritan Medical Center joined forces to run an annual full-scale mass casualties drill on Wednesday morning.

Hamas militant killed by suicide bomber in Gaza

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:39
A suicide bomber blew himself up in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing a Hamas militant who was trying to stop the attacker from crossing into Egypt, Hamas announced, blaming an Islamic State sympathizer for carrying out the unprecedented attack.

Transgender military left on ledge weeks after Trump tweets

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:34
Three weeks after Donald Trump, their commander in chief, clouded their futures through a string of tweets, saying he won’t allow them to serve in the military “in any capacity,” thousands of transgender servicemembers continue to serve the nation, still anxiously awaiting official policy to determine their fate.

Young leaders of massive 2014 Hong Kong protests get prison

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:05
A Hong Kong court sent young activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders to prison Thursday for their roles in huge pro-democracy protests nearly three years earlier, in the latest sign that tolerance for dissent is waning in the Chinese-ruled former British colony.

Sailors who died in Fitzgerald collision receive posthumous promotions

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:53
The Navy has posthumously promoted the seven USS Fitzgerald sailors who perished in a deadly June 17 collision with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan.

Lebanon prepares for Syria's post-war construction windfall

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:42
After six years of civil war in Syria, markets across the Middle East are anticipating a mammoth reconstruction boom that could stimulate billions of dollars in economic activity.

Navy to commission new mobile sea base named after war hero

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 06:31
The USS Lewis B. Puller will replace the USS Ponce, which is scheduled to be decommissioned next year. The new vessel is the second ship named after Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, a World War II and Korean War combat veteran.

ICC orders Mali extremist to pay $3.2 million in reparations

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 06:18
The International Criminal court ruled Thursday that a Muslim radical found guilty of destroying World Heritage cultural sites in the Malian city of Timbuktu must pay 2.7 million euros ($3.2 million) in reparations.

Back to bomb shelters? North Korea threats revive nuke fears

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 03:09
For some baby boomers, North Korea's nuclear advances prompt flashbacks to a time when they were young, and when they prayed each night that they might awaken the next morning. For their children, the North Korean crisis is a taste of what the Cold War was like.

Dunford: War would be ‘horrific’ but N. Korea nukes ‘unimaginable’

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 02:55
A military solution to the North Korean missile threat would be "horrific" but allowing Pyongyang to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is "unimaginable," the top U.S. military officer said Thursday in Beijing.

Trump dossier spurs multinational tug of war

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 00:24
Within days, weeks at most, the former British spy behind the infamous dossier on Donald Trump could find himself forced by courts on both sides of the Atlantic to sit for a deposition.

10 major Army bases honor Confederate generals, and there are no plans to change that

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 00:07
All around the country, officials are discussing whether to remove memorials and rename public spaces dedicated to Confederate leaders. But not at the Pentagon.

Scientists potentially narrow MH370 search area to 3 spots

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:40
The expanse adjoins the original search zone far southwest of Australia that was identified through satellite analysis of the final hours of the flight, which apparently ended when the plane ran out of fuel.

No plans to ‘dial back’ joint US-South Korean war games, Dunford says

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:00
Gen. Joseph Dunford said Thursday that he has advised U.S. leadership not to “dial back” joint war games with South Korea that are due to begin next week despite threats from North Korea.

Trump signs ‘Forever GI Bill,’ boosting aid to student vets

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 20:20
The bill immediately eliminates the 15-year limit veterans currently have to tap into their education benefits. That restriction will no longer apply to veterans discharged on or after Jan. 1, 2013, or to current and future servicemembers.

Veterans Affairs secretary says he's 'outraged' by what he's seen from Nazis and white supremacists

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:30
Shulkin, who is Jewish, spoke to reporters and said that although he serves Trump, he does not speak for him. He declined to tell President Donald Trump it was wrong for him to equate their violence with that of counterprotesters who stood up to them.

UN board: 2 experts likely murdered by Congo militia members

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:20
A United Nations board of inquiry says two U.N. experts were likely slain in March by militiamen from Congo's violence-torn Kasai region, but it said further investigation and judicial proceedings are needed to determine the identity and motive of the killers.

Veteran's effort to help woman becomes a police brutality case

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:57
Army veteran David Rogers was assaulted by an off-duty Prince George's County police officer as he attempted to help a neighbor who was locked out of her car. The county was found liable in a recent court case.
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