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Reports: 2 dead after man sets self on fire on Japan train

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 00:41
A man riding one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, Japanese officials and media reports said.

Transgender soldier back on the front lines

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 00:35
Sgt. Shane Ortega is a three-time combat veteran and soldier with bulging biceps who can dead-lift 480 pounds and crank out dozens of pullups. But in the eyes of the Army -- at least for right now -- he is officially a "she."

The Iran deal: A look at what it does and problems remaining

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 00:21
Here is a look at the emerging Iran agreement, based on the last public information, the remaining obstacles and the political challenges it faces.

DOD Names New Class of National Security Science and Engineering Fellows

DoD News Releases - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 00:00
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Homegrown extremism is Jordan's greatest threat

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:02
A day after Islamic State fighters took the Iraqi city of Ramadi, two American B-52 bombers pounded a ridge line on a training range not far from here, a display of firepower that suggested a similar advance wouldn’t go as far in this country.

Afghan president boosts army and police pay as Taliban offensive rages

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:00
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a significant boost in pay and benefits for the country’s security forces in an apparent attempt to bolster morale in the midst of this year’s fighting season.

US spy agencies may start hunting wildlife poachers in Africa

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:17
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official.

Tsipras defiant as Greece's banks shut, markets rocked

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:09
Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma.

Navy to host Japanese fireworks display at Pearl Harbor this summer

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 21:48
The Navy said Monday Honolulu's Japanese sister city Nagaoka will put on the fireworks show Aug. 15 to commemorate the end of World War II.

US resuming aid to Bahrain military

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 21:36
Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th fleet and has flown airstrike missions over Syria as part of the anti-Islamic State coalition.

Islamic State peddling stolen art to well-heeled buyers on eBay

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:33
The Whatsapp message appeared on his iPhone: photos of an ancient Mesopotamian vase worth $250,000, part of a highly-valued set, is waiting to be extracted.

FBI says NJ man tried to join Islamic State with other Americans

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:23
A 23-year-old New Jersey man was arrested and charged Monday with trying to aid Islamic State, and court records show he was part of a larger group of young men who had planned to travel overseas from New York and New Jersey, federal officials said.

Federal workers' union sues US over hack, says OPM had ample warning

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 19:38
The lawsuit came on the same day that the Office of Personnel Management said it has shut down a massive database used to update and store background investigation records after discovering a new flaw.

US program to train Syrian rebels has fewer than 100 volunteers

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 19:15
The stated U.S. goal is to train and equip 5,400 rebels per year, and military officials said last week that they still hope for 3,000 by year's end. Privately, they acknowledge the trend is moving in the wrong direction.

Japan has a flag problem, too

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 19:01
As the debate about the use of the Confederate flag raged in the United States last week, many looked abroad for other symbol-based controversies.

Coast Guard helicopter makes 'hard landing' in California

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:41
The helicopter ended up on its side, but all crew walked away from the landing, a San Francisco International Airport spokesman said.

Contracts for June 29, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 17:01
Contracts valued at $6.5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m.
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