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As Thailand mourns, junta says king's death won't delay vote

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 10:27
Thailand's military government said the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and a delay in his son taking the throne will not derail plans for a return to elections, as Thais continue to mourn the fallen monarch.

War-crimes symbol Srebrenica gets Bosnian Serb mayor

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 10:14
Bosnia's Central Election Commission said Monday that final election results showed that a Bosnian Serb has been elected mayor of Srebrenica, a town known for the Bosnian Serb massacre of over 8,000 Muslims in 1995 that international courts defined as genocide.

Beer gardens in Japan and Okinawa

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 09:50
A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Wine festivals in Japan

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 09:50
A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Gunmen attack Niger prison holding extremists, 1 dead

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 09:41
Gunmen attacked a prison in Niger that holds jihadists early Monday and were repelled by security forces who killed an attacker, Niger's interior and public security minister said.

Rushing to reclaim Raqqa has its own risks

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 09:06
Inside the Obama administration, there is concern in some quarters that the military planning for retaking Raqqa is outpacing the planning needed to make sure that the city does not descend into new chaos or follow-on conflict once liberated.

Encourage women who are a fit for combat

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 09:05
The military must identify the best female candidates in high schools, colleges and military academies, sell them on the importance of their presence in the newly opened combat roles and get them proper training. Military men — husbands, bosses, coaches and friends — can help on all those counts.

At least 9 dead after Brazilian prison mutiny

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 08:33
Police say at least nine people have been killed at a Brazilian penitentiary in a clash between rival gangs of inmates in the northern state of Roraima.

Hollande faces broad criticism after tell-all book

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 08:02
France's Socialist President Francois Hollande has managed to unite his fractious country with a tell-all book that's led even some of his closest allies to question his judgment.

Middle school principal accused of paying hitman to kill pregnant girlfriend

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 07:35
The suspected assassin arrived in St. Louis on a Greyhound bus from Oklahoma with a job to do.

The Islamic State apocalypse has been postponed but the militants might still believe in it

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 07:05
To the Islamic State, the town of Dabiq in northern Syria was never of real strategic significance. And yet, symbolically, there were few places that were deemed more influential by the group's own leaders. Dabiq was the town where ISIS believed the beginning of the end would take place: an apocalyptic battle between Muslims and the "Romans," fulfilling a historic prophecy that would lead to the group's victory over the West, according to its propaganda.

After storm, servicemembers from Haiti volunteered to help

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 05:27
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Vladimir Massillon was in college in the U.S. In 2010 when a powerful earthquake struck this place where he was born.

Notorious warlord killed in eastern Ukraine

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 04:32
A notorious warlord has been killed in a bombing in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, separatist officials said.

UK Jews seek restoration of German citizenship post-Brexit

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 03:48
Thomas Harding is doing what other descendants of Holocaust victims would find unimaginable: applying for a German passport.

Deputy commanding general wants to make Fort Bliss 'installation of choice'

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 23:55
The newest deputy commanding general for Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division wants to make this “the installation of choice” for soldiers and families around the Army.

Limited booze, no strip clubs: In Thailand, the party is on hold after the king's death

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 23:28
On an ordinary Saturday night, the Soi Cowboy red-light district in Bangkok is ablaze with neon lights as skimpily clad women in go-go boots chat up tourists and twirl seductively around poles.

Navy responds to criticism of changes to enlisted ratings system

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 23:02
The Navy has responded to criticism about changes to its enlisted ratings system, saying it will allow sailors more flexibility in advancement, duty station choices and civilian-credentialing opportunities.

Halloween-like festival draws costumed cat lovers in Tokyo

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 23:01
Hundreds of cat lovers of all ages donned faux fur and painted whiskers on their faces for the annual Bakeneko festival Sunday.
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