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Veterans organization asks for more help combating ‘imposter’ Facebook page

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:56
Vietnam Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization, runs a public Facebook page. Another page, Vietnam Vets of America, isn’t affiliated with a major veterans group. VVA calls them an "imposter page."

Training on vet suicides set at Nevada prisons

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:39
Four months after he enlisted in the Army at 18, John Morse IV was on the front lines in Iraq training the sights of laser range finders on combat targets to be shelled. For the next four years, the fire-support specialist watched dozens of people in his unit die, saw missile fire kill civilians and witnessed the aftermath of a mass beheading. Last year, the 27-year-old who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder hanged himself in a Nevada prison.

5 dead in Ukraine after vehicle plows into sidewalk crowd

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:27
Ukrainian police say five people are dead after a vehicle plowed into a crowd on a sidewalk in the city of Kharkiv.

Turkey: Iraqi Kurds 'miscalculated' with independence vote

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:24
Turkey said Wednesday that Iraq's retaking of the northern city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces earlier this week has rectified the Kurds' "mistake" in holding a non-binding referendum on independence last month.

US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out ISIS

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:08
U.S.-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital.

Utah National Guard breaks ground on new facility

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:37
The Utah National Guard has broken ground on a new $37 million facility at Camp Williams, Utah.

Abey on pace to shatter Navy single-season record for rushing attempts

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:20
Navy’s triple-option offense is specifically designed to force defenses to defend three potential ball-carriers on every play. Factor in the threat of a downfield pass and there are actually four options to worry about.

Air National Guard colonel convicted of soliciting sex from child

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:11
Air Force Col. Michael Shawn Garrett, 45, arranged to meet with an undercover police officer who he believed was a 14-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity. He faces at least 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment without parole.

DODEA students take a stand against bullying

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:07
Students at Ramstein Intermediate School wore orange while taking a stand against bullying Wednesday in celebration of Unity Day, a national campaign that promotes kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Slain reporter's beats included bootleg Libyan oil, shady havens

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:59
Malta's reputation as a tax haven, its cozy links with nearby lawless Libya and its legal passports-for-sale program were just some of the topics that investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia had dug into before she was blown up by a car bomb while driving.

Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:54
Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group.

US, allies practice shooting down ballistic missiles amid global tensions

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:45
The U.S Navy and its allies defended themselves against incoming missiles during a monthlong exercise in the north Atlantic Ocean that ended Tuesday, sending a readiness message in light of a more assertive Russia and a growing nuclear threat from North Korea.

New Nevada prison training to be implemented after vet suicide

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:43
The state of Nevada has agreed to pay $93,000 to settle a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a 27-year-old U.S. Army veteran who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he hanged himself in prison last year.

Saudi carrier launches direct flight to Iraq after 27 years

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:34
Saudi budget-carrier flynas on Wednesday launched the first direct flight between the kingdom and Iraq since the Gulf War 27 years ago, marking another move by the kingdom to improve ties with its neighbor in an attempt to blunt rival Iran's vast influence there.

Coast Guard, Navy search seas off Molokai for 2 from helicopter

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:32
The Coast Guard searched through the night Tuesday for two men aboard a helicopter that disappeared Monday night off the northwest coast of Molokai.

France: Security law that replaces state of emergency passes

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:31
France's Parliament has adopted a sweeping counterterrorism law that replaces a 2-year-old state of emergency and is meant to give police more tools to fight violent extremism.

US allies air concerns about Trump's 'Buy American' order

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:29
Israel, Hong Kong and Taiwan joined a number of U.S. allies at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday to express concerns over a Trump administration executive order that calls on U.S. authorities to "maximize" use of American-made goods, products and materials in government procurement.

Hungarian who helped Jews flee Holocaust honored in Budapest

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:25
A Hungarian who printed thousands of passports allowing Jews to flee the country during World War II has been honored with a memorial plaque.

Turkey's top diplomat won't buckle to US 'impositions'

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:21
Turkey won't buckle under U.S. "impositions," its foreign minister said Wednesday as officials from both countries met to try to resolve a diplomatic dispute that resulted in the mutual suspension of traveler visas for each other's citizens.

Kidnapped Italian priest released in Nigeria with 2 others

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:17
An Italian priest kidnapped at gunpoint in Nigeria was released after five days and was in good condition, Italy's foreign minister said Wednesday.
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