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An Afghan bird refuge comes back to life after decades of neglect

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 13:09
The 470-acre site, known as Kol-e-Hashmat Khan, is one of the rare recognized wetland areas in central Afghanistan. Once it drew wealthy sightseers and royal hunting parties, but during four decades of war and turmoil it lay abandoned and neglected. The water filled with sludge, unauthorized settlements sprang up around the edges, and fewer birds stopped to rest or breed in the desiccated marsh.

Westmoreland County, Pa., Airshow was thrilling, but Arnold Palmer's absence was felt

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 13:05
This year's show was dedicated to Palmer, who died in September.

Group works to use solar power to help veterans in need

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:58
When Scott Owens, a combat wounded Army veteran living in southeast Winter Haven, needed help paying his utility bill, the American Legion in Lake Wales stepped in to keep his lights on.

Clark State expands tuition discount for military families

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:55
Clark State Community College will extend its 50 percent military tuition discount next year to members of the National Guard and U.S. Reserves, along with a smaller discount for military spouses.

Emil Kapaun sainthood investigation continues, but could take years

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:52
The Vatican remains intensely interested in the Kansas priest’s story of heroism and faith during the Korean War, said Father John Hotze, who has researched Kapaun’s story for the Wichita Diocese of the Catholic church.

In about face, Israel freezes Western Wall mixed prayer plan

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:10
The Israeli government froze a long-overdue plan Sunday to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall, a major policy reversal that infuriated the liberal streams of Judaism that represent most Jews in the United States.

Shining more light on the heroism of black Civil War soldiers

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 11:48
Blacks volunteered and organized for service from the start of the war in 1861. But it was only after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, that they were officially "received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service."

SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 11:42
A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California on Sunday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite from Florida.

Admiral: Upgrades coming for Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 11:31
Improvements will focus on aging dry docks, new equipment and rethinking yard layouts, said Vice Adm. Tom Moore, who heads Naval Sea Systems Command. The investment in dry docks alone would be $3 billion to $4 billion over 30 years at these yards.

Gilmon D. Brooks dies; Montford Point Marine made history

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 11:10
As a young Marine, Gilmon D. Brooks witnessed history when the American flag was raised on Feb. 23, 1945, on Iwo Jima during one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

Roswell, New Mexico festival celebrates 70th anniversary of UFO incident

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:59
There were reports of Unidentified Flying Objects before whatever happened in New Mexico in the summer of 1947 happened. But the Roswell Incident planted the seed out of which today’s fascination with extraterrestrial visitation sprouted.

Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 153

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:57
An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 153 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said.

Scores missing in massive China landslide; 10 bodies found

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:49
Rescuers recovered 10 bodies and were still searching for 93 other people on Sunday, a day after a massive landslide buried a picturesque mountain village in southwestern China.

6 hurt as car strikes people at Muslim celebration in Newcastle, England

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:12
Six people, including three children, were injured after a car ran into pedestrians outside a Newcastle sports center where people were reportedly gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related.

China aims to improve ties between Afghanistan, Pakistan

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 07:52
China's foreign minister says Beijing will hold a dialogue with Afghanistan and Pakistan to help improve relations between the two South Asian neighbors.

Spain fights forest fire in Donana UNESCO nature reserve

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 07:42
A forest fire in southern Spain has forced the evacuation of 1,000 people and is threatening a national park famous for its biodiversity, authorities said Sunday.

Fort Carson brigade has blasted 1 million rounds during Europe training

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 07:25
In the 180 days deployed, the soldiers have put in 153 days of training with allies and community engagements across a swath of the continent from the Baltic to the Black Sea. To supply the brigade's more than 4,000 troops, the unit's truckers have logged more than 100,000 highway miles.

Europeans learn to live with — and adapt to — terror attacks

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 07:07
The steady stream of attacks on centers of daily life have drawn pledges from Europeans not to let terrorists change how they live, but in ways large and small they already have.

N.J. military history museum to go mobile

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 06:50
A nonprofit trying to start an Armed Forces Heritage Museum on the joint military base in Burlington County has changed its plan to educate the public about the state's military history.

War and waste: Cautionary tales as US ponders Afghan boost

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 06:40
The long war has generated repeated examples of wasted funds, which may be inevitable in a country such as Afghanistan, where the military has been built from scratch, is plagued with corruption and relies almost completely on U.S. money for even the most basic things, including salaries and uniforms.
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