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Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:58
Islamic militants suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday.

In South Dakota, don't let the name Badlands deter you

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:34
A moonscape on Earth is the best way to describe the 380-mile Badlands National Park, whose 243,000 acres make up the largest grass prairie in the United States.

Iraq forces recapture key Ramadi bridge from Islamic State

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:24
Iraqi security forces recaptured a key bridge from Islamic State militants in the capital of Anbar province on Friday, said an Iraqi security official, as the country's top Shiite cleric renewed calls for national unity among political rivals in the face of the Islamic militant threat.

Martin takes over as 2ID commander in S. Korea

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:18
Maj. Gen. Theodore D. Martin took command of the 2nd Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal, front right, at Camp Casey, South Korea, on Friday, April 24, 2015.

How to prepare for a long-term adventure

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:08
Taking off for parts unknown with no set return date is becoming the new lifestyle choice for many. It just takes a bit of preparation and downsizing.

Panoramic photo guide spotlights Blue Ridge Parkway

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:01
The eye-candy book "Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas" holds 60-some panoramic photos taken from choice spots along the roadway, which runs through Virginia and North Carolina.

Armenia marks centennial of killing of 1.5 million

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:54
The presidents of Russia and France joined other leaders Friday at ceremonies commemorating the massacre of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks, an event which still stirs bitter feelings as both sides argue over whether to call it genocide.

Chattanooga: Known for outdoor fun, natural beauty

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:47
This year, why not head to the scenic city of Chattanooga? This fun and funky metropolis located in southeastern Tennessee is known for its bevvy of outdoor activities and natural beauty.

Going 'scalloping' on Florida's Gulf Coast

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:35
I wasn't even sure what the act of "scalloping" was. Yes, getting scallops, surely, but how? It turns out, it's both fairly simple, and not as easy as you would expect.

Bombings in Iraq near market and courthouse kill 7

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:32
Iraqi officials say two bombings, one near a marketplace and the other near a courthouse, have killed seven people.

Pakistan expresses shock over deaths of US, Italian hostage

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:18
Pakistan has expressed "shock and sorrow" over the inadvertent deaths of an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida in a U.S. drone strike in January near the Afghan border.

Eight female soldiers survive first four days of Ranger School

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
After four days of intense mental and physical training, there are eight women remaining in the first U.S. Army Ranger School class to include females, Army officials said Thursday.

Univ. of Florida frat accused of insulting wounded war vets

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:35
University of Florida President Kent Fuchs promises a full investigation after getting reports that members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity spat at a group of disabled military veterans and stole their flags at a Panama City Beach resort.

Police: 14 migrants killed by train in Macedonia

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:12
Fourteen migrants believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia who were heading north toward the European Union were killed by an express train as they walked along tracks in central Macedonia at night, police said Friday.

Stage not yet set for resumption of Guantanamo detainee releases

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 05:44
While some in the Obama administration are eager to resume transfers of detainees at Guantanamo this summer, none of the mechanisms are yet in place to move even one of the 122 captives now held at the detention center in southeast Cuba, U.S. officials say.

Most of Navy's Sea Dragon fleet remains grounded for inspections, repairs

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:23
Two months after the Navy ordered new inspections of every heavy-lift helicopter in its fleet, most of the aircraft — including all but one based in Norfolk — remain grounded until thousands of repairs are made to potentially unsafe fuel lines and electrical wires.

After rescue, a long, agonizing wait for migrants in Italy

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:55
After making the treacherous crossing to Italy, would-be refugees face another grueling test trying to persuade skeptical European countries that they deserve asylum. But the coveted refugee status is normally reserved for those fleeing war and persecution, while many of the migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are running away from poverty.

Sen. Kaine: The problem isn't the drones. It's the US mission

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:12
The deaths of two hostages in a drone strike in Pakistan shouldn't raise questions about the use of drones, says Sen. Tim Kaine, a leading voice on foreign policy on Capitol Hill — but he says they should raise questions about the mission the United States is pursuing.

Saudi-led airstrikes bomb Yemen's Shiite rebels in 6 cities

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 02:57
Attempts to ease fighting in Yemen appeared to falter Thursday, as Shiite rebels pressed an offensive in the south and a Saudi Arabia-led coalition intensified its airstrikes less than two days after it said it was scaling back the campaign.

EU leaders commit ships, aid to address migrant crisis

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 02:38
Late to the rescue, European leaders came through Thursday with pledges of big ships, aircraft and a tripling in funds to save lives in the Mediterranean after the deaths at sea of more than 1,300 migrants over the past three weeks, and agreed to lay the groundwork for military action against traffickers.
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