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Israel strikes Syrian positions after fire toward it

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:52
Israeli aircraft struck various positions in Syria Saturday, destroying two tanks, in response to more than 10 projectiles that landed in its territory, the military said.

Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:49
Egypt's president on Saturday ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, following through on his assertion earlier this week that the matter was closed.

Syria releases hundreds of detainees ahead of Muslim holiday

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:46
The Syrian government released Saturday hundreds of detainees including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar Assad on the eve of a major Muslim holiday.

Coast Guard launches search near Florida for missing diver

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:38
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the waters off Florida for a missing diver. Authorities said they were looking for a diver who went missing about half-a-mile away from Lauderdale-by-the Sea, which is in South Florida.

Pakistan, accused of terrorist infiltration, starts to fence its border with Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:36
The 1,800-mile border between Pakistan and India has long been treated as a hostile red line between neighboring, nuclear-armed rivals. Its sole official crossing is a heavily guarded military post. In contrast, Pakistan's 1,500-mile border with Afghanistan has always been more porous and politically complicated. Thousands of cargo trucks traverse its two major crossings every week. Now, with thousands of steel posts and scrolls of deadly razor wire, Pakistan is trying to remove all such ambiguity.

UK Parliament investigates cyberattack on user accounts

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:31
British officials were investigating a cyberattack Saturday on the country's Parliament after discovering "unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts."

Juror's sympathies apparently on display at close of Green Beret's trial

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:26
The two-week trial of a Colorado Springs Green Beret accused of fatally shooting an intruder in the back came to a close Friday with one juror apparently wearing her sympathies on a T-shirt. Emblazoned on the shirt was the word ARMY.

Obama nostalgia is a booming industry in the Trump era

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:14
While much of the world obsesses about the musings of President Donald Trump, a new market for Obama nostalgia is manifest in the growing number of books, podcasts and TV and film treatments by or involving young veterans from the Obama stable.

UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:12
Britain's fire-safety crisis expanded substantially Saturday as authorities said 34 high-rise apartment blocks across the country had cladding that failed fire safety tests. London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers after experts found them "not safe for people to sleep in overnight."

Wide gulf in attitudes, experiences separates people who own guns from those who don’t

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:08
Americans who own guns and those who don’t have starkly differing views about weapons, their role in society and their relationship to crime — disagreements that help explain why the national debate over gun control seldom moves.

Robert Mueller’s team has prosecuted high-stakes cases — including obstruction of justice

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:01
When one of the country’s largest accounting firms destroyed thousands of files and emails after the Enron energy giant collapsed in a massive fraud in 2001, federal prosecutors were sure the shredding was a clear case of obstruction of justice.

Authorities: Texas mom left 2 kids in hot car as punishment

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:52
A Texas woman told investigators that she left her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son in a hot car where they died last month to teach the girl a lesson and that they didn't lock themselves in, as she initially reported, according to sheriff's officials.

Storm Surge: Federal pullback, climate change could boost state spending on disasters

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:41
As the country faces an increasing number of billion-dollar disasters, federal officials are considering scaling back disaster funds with an aim to save taxpayer money and encourage states to prepare for disasters with their own resources. And that has some local officials worried.

In Trump era, mental health experts are rethinking Goldwater Rule

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:31
Since Donald Trump became president, commentary about his public statements, tweeting habits, predilections and even his personality has become something of a national pastime. Some in the professional psychiatric community have been moved to join in. But should they? Not according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Trump labors to make Mueller-Comey tie a key talking point

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:56
President Donald Trump and his associates have repeatedly tried to draw attention to the relationship between former FBI directors Robert Mueller and James Comey, saying the two have a personal bond that could disqualify Mueller from credibly serving as special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation.

Russia says US interferes in its affairs

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:35
The Russian government has steadfastly denied that it hacked or otherwise interfered in last year’s U.S. presidential election. Now, some Russian officials are saying America is meddling in Moscow’s domestic affairs. The U.S. has been doing it for years, they say.

Russia warns Norway that hosting US Marines will hurt ties

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:27
Russia has told Norway that the extension of a U.S. military deployment in the country will hit diplomatic ties.

Russian official linked to South Florida biker club spent millions on Trump condos

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:21
Out-of-town money pouring into South Florida real estate is as old as Henry Flagler. But the tale of Igor Zorin offers a 21st-century twist with all the weirdness modern Miami has to offer: Russian cash, a motorcycle club named after Russia’s powerful special forces and a condo tower branded by Donald Trump.

In tweet attacking Obama, Trump says Russia tried to influence election

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:05
President Trump appeared to acknowledge that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election, but only so he could blame former president Barack Obama.

Weapons cache seized at home of cop accused of having sex with teen cadet, sources say

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:40
More than 100 firearms, including modified assault rifles, have been recovered at the home of the Los Angeles police officer accused of having sex with an underage member of the department’s cadet program, deepening concerns about the embattled youth initiative, law enforcement sources said.
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