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Obama signs Homeland Security funding bill into law

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:52
President Barack Obama has signed a law funding the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year.

Libya makes urgent appeal to UN to lift embargo on weapons

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:47
Libya made an urgent appeal Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council to either lift an arms embargo completely or allow exemptions so that its army can fight the rising threat of the Islamic State and other militant groups. Diplomats said Libya has made a sizeable request in the past few days for fighter jets and other supplies.

Pakistani man guilty in al-Qaida plot to attack NYC subway

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:23
A Pakistani man was found guilty Wednesday in a failed al-Qaida bomb plot after a New York trial that featured spies in disguise, evidence from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound and the defendant's questioning of an admitted co-conspirator.

Clinton ran own computer system for her official emails

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:08
The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press.

Al-Qaida, others attack Syrian intelligence office in Aleppo

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:55
Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate and other radical Islamic factions launched an assault Wednesday on a government intelligence building in the northern city of Aleppo,

Italy rescues nearly 1,000 migrants; 10 die

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:36
In dramatic sea rescues north of Libya, a flotilla of ships saved more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday.

US official: Obama still weighing sending arms to Ukraine

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:02
Both Republican and Democratic members of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday stepped up pressure on the Obama administration to support Ukraine with weapons to defend against attacks from pro-Russian rebels.

Russian opposition figure Navalny's brother moved from jail

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:59
Oleg Navalny, the brother of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny who received a suspended sentence in the same case, has been transferred from jail to prison on fraud charges. Both rejected the charges as being part of a political vendetta by President Vladimir Putin.

Police official: Virgin Islands National Guard is a last resort to tackle rising crime

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:57
Police Commissioner designee Delroy Richards Sr. said he would be reluctant to call out the Virgin Islands National Guard to help fight crime until he has first explored all other options, including drafting peace officers from other agencies to assist in fighting rampant violent crime in the territory.

North Carolina bill would ease requirements on specialty license plates for vets

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:52
"If you're a veteran, I think we owe it to you as some minuscule acknowledgement of honor that you gave us by going out there and, pretty much serving us. It's just that easy."

Mexico authorities arrest Zetas leader Omar Trevino Morales

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:49
Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country's northern border with the U.S., a federal official said.

Former US House candidate Forrest Dunbar tapped to reform Alaska's military code

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:45
Alaska’s top military official, Adjutant General Col. Laurie Hummel, has tapped U.S. National Guard Lt. Forrest Dunbar to help overhaul the state’s code of military justice.

Ferguson, Mo., police often violated blacks’ rights, federal inquiry finds

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:35
The Police Department in Ferguson, Mo., where an officer’s fatal shooting of a black man in August sparked violent protests and a nationwide outcry, has persistently and repeatedly violated the constitutional rights of blacks, jailing them for minor offenses far more often than whites, using traffic stops to arrest them disproportionately and subjecting them to excessive force, a Justice Department investigation has concluded.

Iran dismisses Netanyahu’s ‘lies’ as trivial to nuclear talks

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:26
Iran dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress as a “repetition of lies,” as some of the nation’s newspapers mocked his appearance in Washington.

Rights group: New Afghan government must end torture, killings by warlords

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:13
A leading international rights group has urged the Afghan government to end what it describes as a culture of impunity that tolerates murder, torture and other abuses by local officials.

David Petraeus pleads guilty to misdemeanor; no prison time expected

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:10
David H. Petraeus, the former CIA director and retired four-star Army general, admitted Tuesday that he gave eight handwritten journals containing highly classified information about secret operations and identities of covert officers to his mistress in 2011 and then lied about it to the FBI.

Kerry heads to Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:07
Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations.

Delay in passing clean bill leaves a mark on GOP

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:45
I’m getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public’s perception that they’re incapable of governing.

Common Core brings needed continuity

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:34
In the military, a mission’s success is dependent on having clearly defined, measurable objectives. Why shouldn’t we hold the same true for our schools?

Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:13
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday.
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