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US commander orders new probe into Somalia raid

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:54
The head of U.S. Africa Command has asked for an additional investigation into whether civilians were killed during a deadly August raid in Somalia involving American and Somali forces.

Reported UFO sighting was probably the Army's Golden Knights

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:36
Officials waited for the sky to darken before lighting the Fort Bragg tree. So, the Golden Knights jumped as night fell and they compensated for the lack of visibility by strapping on flares. To at least one person, it was an out-of-this-world experience.

Japan court orders shutdown of nuclear reactor near volcano

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:20
A court ruled Wednesday that a nuclear reactor in southwestern Japan should not operate because it is too close to an active volcano and could be affected by a major eruption.

Israel intercepts 2 rockets from Gaza in latest exchange

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:18
The Israeli military said it intercepted two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Wednesday in the latest barrage by Palestinian militants.

Ukraine, Poland move to mend ties strained by views on WWII

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:15
The presidents of Ukraine and Poland have met to find ways of overcoming the World War II legacy that sours relations between the neighboring countries.

Coast Guard Academy: 2 white cadets harassed black classmate

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:53
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy says an investigator has recommended discipline against two white cadets for harassing a black classmate.

Justice official defends Mueller, sees no cause for firing

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:47
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, facing congressional questions about anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials assigned to the Russia probe, defended special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday and said he had seen no cause to fire him and had not been pressured to do so.

Nonprofit group sues DOD over requests for sexual assault data

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:44
Advocates for servicemembers and veterans filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government Wednesday to release data that they say is critical to protecting people who serve from sexual assault and the retaliation that can follow when victims report the abuse.

Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:37
Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration's much-anticipated effort to hammer out an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:28
The Philippine Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in the south by a year after the military warned that terrorist threats continue in the region despite the defeat of a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants.

UK surgeon admits signing initials on patients' livers

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:11
A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations.

Official: Brussels trial of Paris terror suspect postponed

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:10
A much-awaited trial involving the lone surviving suspect in the November 2015 extremist massacres in Paris will likely be postponed due to the appointment of a defense lawyer who still has to prepare.

Navy's Perry likely moving to quarterback full-time in 2018

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:07
Head coach Ken Niumatalolo acknowledged after Saturday’s heartbreaking loss to archrival Army that Malcolm Perry would likely become the Navy starting quarterback next season.

Rwanda-backed report alleges France's role in 1994 genocide

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:05
A new report commissioned by Rwanda's government accuses France of supplying weapons and protection to the perpetrators of its 1994 genocide in which over 800,000 people were killed, deepening a feud between the East African country and its former benefactor.

Congo court sentences 12 to life for gang-raping children

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:53
In a groundbreaking trial in a country where sexual violence is rampant and perpetrators often go unpunished, a military court in eastern Congo on Wednesday sentenced 12 militia members to life in prison for the gang-rapes of dozens of children as young as 11 months old, and for murder.

3 who foiled Paris train attack appear in 1st trailer for movie about their heroics

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:42
Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone play themselves in a re-enactment of their August 2015 heroics, when they rushed and detained a shirtless gunman intent on shooting up a high-speed train headed from Amsterdam to Paris.

Sweden to re-establish military unit on Baltic Sea island

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:36
Sweden says it is establishing the nation's first new military regiment since World War II — a unit of 350 soldiers that will be based on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland.

Movies on base through Dec. 20

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:31
Times and dates for theaters in Belgium, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Democrats, vets' advocates call for VA funding in year-end spending bill

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:10
Senate Democrat Jon Tester urged Congress on Wednesday to lift spending caps and fully fund the Department of Veterans Affairs in a possible year-end budget deal that could be reached by the end of the week.

Senators: Congress needs to revise war powers to rein in president’s authority

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:05
As global threats to the United States escalate, Congress will need a new war authorization to remain relevant in current and future military engagements, a Senate panel said Wednesday.
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