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Jihadist ambush on US forces shows new danger in Sahel

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:45
The Niger attack that killed four Americans appears to be the work of the Islamic State of the Sahel, a splinter group of extremists loyal to ISIS who are based just across the border in Mali, according to interviews with U.S. officials and authorities here in the vast Sahel region bordering the Sahara Desert.

Germany raises highway fines for rubbernecking, blocking emergency vehicles

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:26
Getting stuck in a traffic jam on the German autobahn might cost more than just time and heartache under a new German law that significantly raises penalties for failing to open up the middle lane for emergency vehicles.

US envoy: Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian government

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:16
President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy said on Thursday that if Hamas wants to play a role in any Palestinian government, it must renounce violence and commit to negotiations with Israel — demands the Islamic militant group has always rejected.

Iran guards defy Trump with vow to boost missile program

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:56
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps pledged to enhance the nation's missile program in defiance of President Donald Trump, whose hardened stance against the country last week included new sanctions on the security force.

Airmen respond quickly after walking into active-shooter exercise at RAF Mildenhall

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:14
Training kicks in as unaware airmen stumble into comprehensive on-base exercise involving Air Force, British police and medical teams.

US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:58
Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.

Like Trump, Europe’s leaders must also tread delicately when consoling the families of the fallen

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:45
As Trump found out this week, it is never easy to provide condolences to the families of soldiers killed in action — especially when it is in the service of your foreign policy. Several European leaders have also fallen afoul of the delicate process of negotiating grief and politics.

USS O’Kane deployment extended as 7th Fleet faces ship shortage

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:15
A Hawaii-based destroyer’s upcoming deployment to the 7th Fleet will last longer than planned because of a ship shortage caused by deadly collisions and maintenance issues.

Veteran died as nurse’s aide played video games instead of checking on him, report says

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:57
The Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general has launched a criminal investigation with the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI to identify how the system may have failed the Vietnam vet, the Boston Globe reported.

White House debates presidential visit to DMZ

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:25
As President Donald Trump prepares for a 12-day swing next month through five Asian nations, the administration is divided over whether he should make the pilgrimage, an issue that remains unresolved.

Tillerson seeks stronger ties with India, chides China

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:22
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Wednesday for the U.S. and India to expand strategic ties. He also pointedly criticized China, which he accused of challenging international norms needed for global stability.

Abe offers stability — and in Japan, that's sufficient

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:39
The parliamentary election in Japan on Sunday offers one important thing for voters at home and governments abroad: stability. Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which has been in power for five years, will almost certainly secure control of the House of Representatives for another four-year term.

Spain threatens to take over Catalonia’s government as constitutional crisis looms

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:29
Spain's central government announced Thursday it would quickly move to take control of the autonomous Catalonia and restore "constitutional order" after the region's president refused to back away from a push for independence.

5 months of Marawi siege reveals Philippine city in ruins

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 04:53
The desolate war scene, which was witnessed by Associated Press journalists on board a navy patrol gunboat in Lake Lanao, could herald what the government hopes will be the end of a nearly five-month siege by the militants in Marawi city.

Trump remarks on Kelly contrast with quiet tribute to son

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 04:31
President Donald Trump's quiet tribute to John Kelly's son contrasts with his messy brawl this week with critics of his handling of condolences to Gold Star families who, like Kelly, have lost people to recent warfare.

Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 04:11
A young Barack Obama questioned his place in the world and his racial identity, agonized over whether he'd make enough money as a community organizer, and lamented his incompatibility with his ex-girlfriend in 30 pages of letters he wrote to her that are now being archived by Emory University in Atlanta.

Body found in Yosemite is that of missing sailor

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 00:08
Alexander Joseph Sevier was an active-duty serviceman at the Navy Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. He was visiting the park on his own and was last seen on May 3.

Air Force Academy's commandant on tough training: 'the enemy is not forgiving'

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 23:59
As the commandant, Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin's in charge of turning those cadets into lieutenants in four short years. Many of those lieutenants could see battle just months after they get their academy diploma.

Intelligence soldiers win Joshua Mills Commando Competition for second straight year

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 23:41
The competition honors the memory of Mills, an El Pasoan and Special Forces soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

Former President George W. Bush to receive award at West Point

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 23:33
The U.S. Military Academy's Association of Graduates will present the Thayer Award to the 43rd president on Thursday night. The award is given to citizens whose service in the national interest reflects the academy's motto of "Duty, Honor, Country."
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