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Advocates: Asylum seekers are being turned away at border

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 07:44
Immigrant advocacy groups said Tuesday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are allegedly turning away asylum seekers before their claims can be heard, violating obligations under U.S. and international law.

F-35's 'grotesque' overruns are now past, Pentagon's chief says

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 07:28
Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet "has come a long way" since "grotesque" cost overruns and schedule delays plagued the costliest U.S. weapons system, departing Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an appraisal at odds with the view of President-elect Donald Trump.

Turkey official says border wall with Syria near completion

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 07:07
A senior Turkish official says two-thirds of a border wall to prevent infiltration from Syria has been completed, and that authorities had prevented a few attempts to dig tunnels underneath the wall.

Nigeria says warship on way toward Gambia as 'exercise'

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 06:56
Nigeria confirms one of its warships is heading toward Gambia but calls it a "flag-showing and West Africa training" exercise as the tiny West African nation faces a possible regional military intervention.

Syria to send its UN envoy, military delegation to talks

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 06:50
Syria will send its U.N. ambassador and a military delegation to Russian and Turkish-brokered talks with the armed opposition next week.

Florida airport shooter said he visited ‘jihadi chat rooms’ online, prosecutors say

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 06:50
Accused airport shooter Esteban Santiago told investigators after his arrest that he communicated with Islamic State terrorists or sympathizers in “jihadi chat rooms” before he killed five people in Fort Lauderdale, authorities said in court Tuesday.

2 large earthquakes hit central Italy

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 05:37
Monitors say two earthquakes have hit central Italy in short succession, with tremors felt in the capital, Rome.

Japan hotel chain under fire over denial of Rape of Nanking

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 05:22
A fast-growing Japanese hotel chain is facing criticism over a book penned by the hotel's owner that says the Rape of Nanking was fabricated. APA Group, a Tokyo-based land developer and operator of 400-plus hotels, drew fire for spreading the revisionist views of company president Toshio Motoya by putting the books in hotel guestrooms and also selling them.

Russia extends residence permit for Snowden

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 05:05
Russian authorities have extended a residence permit for U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency.

US Marine Band to rehearse for inaugural parade

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 04:33
The U.S. Marine Band will be conducting a dress rehearsal for its performance in the inaugural parade.

Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 04:04
Three nations shelled out around $160 million and years' worth of work on the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The result: No plane. The only tangible — and arguably most important — clues into what happened to the aircraft have come courtesy of ordinary citizens, who bore the costs themselves.

Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather days

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 02:54
The biggest losers will be the tropics and nearly all of Africa, eastern South America, South Asia and northern Australia. Other places, especially northern developed ones, will gain some of what the tropics lost. England and northern Europe are big winners.

Secret Service agrees to pay $24M in decades-old race bias case

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 01:13
The Secret Service agreed Tuesday to pay $24 million to settle a two-decade-old case in which more than 100 black agents alleged that the agency fostered a racist culture and routinely promoted white agents over more qualified African-Americans, according to documents filed in court and interviews with representatives of both sides.

400 Fort Bliss soldiers, 24 helicopters set for Europe

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 01:04
About 400 soldiers from Fort Bliss’ 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment will deploy to Europe in February, post officials announced Tuesday.

MCAS Beaufort commander: 'No reliable information yet' connects housing, health problems

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 00:19
The commander of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort said “no reliable information yet” connects a nearby military housing development to health problems after concerns gained widespread attention this month.

White House concedes it won't close Guantanamo after all

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 20:53
The White House said Tuesday that the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba will still be open when President Barack Obama leaves office, conceding that a core campaign promise will go unfulfilled.

WikiLeaks hails Manning clemency, makes no mention of pledge

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 20:30
WikiLeaks said President Barack Obama may have saved Chelsea Manning's life by granting clemency to the former Army intelligence analyst Tuesday.

A top NATO general echoes Trump, calling aspects of alliance 'obsolete'

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 18:03
A top NATO general said Tuesday that aspects of the alliance were "obsolete," echoing President-elect Donald Trump's language and saying that the Western military alliance needs to adapt for a changing world.

Military jet crashes at Naval base in Mississippi; 2 eject

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 17:56
Officials at Naval Air Station Meridian say a jet has crashed on a training flight, and that two people on board the plane were able to safely eject near the airfield.

Maine governor to Rep. John Lewis: You need a history lesson

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 17:15
Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday offered an erroneous history lesson about racial segregation to a black Georgia congressman who risked his life to fight for civil rights, and he called on the NAACP to apologize to white people.
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