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Congolese M23 rebels flee Uganda camp

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:06
Scores of Congo's M23 rebels fled the Ugandan camp where they were being held ahead of repatriation to Congo, their leader and a Ugandan military official said Tuesday.

Gay vets can march in Boston St. Patrick's parade

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:01
For the first time in its history, the sponsors of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will allow a group representing the gay community to participate, drawing cheers from Mayor Martin Walsh, who boycotted the event last year over the exclusion.

US Ebola panic vanishes just as money is about to flow

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:38
Two months after the first U.S. Ebola patient died in Dallas, thousands of people have been screened at airports and tracked by health workers, and millions of dollars have been spent readying hospitals. And just one new case has been diagnosed in America.

USS Samuel B. Roberts, among Navy's last frigates, returns to Mayport after final deployment

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:37
Hundreds of people lined a pier Monday at Mayport Naval Station to cheer as the USS Samuel B. Roberts, now one of the Navy’s last frigates remaining in service, returned from a six-month Mediterranean deployment, probably for the last time.

2 bombers kill 25 including 15 students in Yemen

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:21
Two suicide car bombers rammed their vehicles into a Shiite rebels' checkpoint and a house south of the Yemeni capital Tuesday as a school bus was traveling nearby, killing at least 25 people including at least 15 primary school students, according to the Yemeni government, rebels and witnesses.

For-profit education provider accused of GI Bill scheme

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:18
Education Management Corp. is being accused in a whistle-blower lawsuit of lying on student financial aid applications to collect more money under the GI Bill, adding to the legal problems mounting against the for-profit education provider as it fights for survival.

Fate of famous white deer in question after Seneca base closure

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:07
For much of its history, the Seneca Army Depot was home to everything from U.S. Army munitions to radioactive materials used in the Manhattan Project and the nuclear weapons during the Cold War. In recent years, the most notable inhabitants have been the ghost-like white deer there.

70 years later, Battle of the Bulge looms large in this veteran's memory

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:49
Every December, Paul Rogers, 96, employs his own standard of measure as to how cold it can get. That was the frigid weather that prevailed during the 29 days he and his paratroooper comrades spent near that small crossroads community, fighting Germans in well-below-freezing temperatures with no gloves for their hands and their feet wrapped in gunnysacks.

Obama to sign Russia sanctions legislation

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:49
Republicans and Democrats spoke with one voice on Monday in pressing President Barack Obama to sign legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia while providing weapons and other assistance to Ukraine.

Torture: Why the uniformed military balked at ‘enhanced interrogation’

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:59
More than a decade before the Senate intelligence committee released its report on the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation practices, the U.S. military’s top lawyers were warning that “enhanced interrogation techniques” were legally questionable, likely ineffectual and could expose American troops to criminal prosecution and torture at the hands of their own captors.

Islamic State recruits broadly, not just fighters

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:31
The three teenage girls from Colorado swapped Twitter messages about marriage and religion with recruiters for the Islamic State group, then set out for Syria with passports and thousands of dollars in stolen cash. Authorities intercepted them in Germany, then returned them to their families without criminal charges.

NATO mission in Afghanistan unlikely to change much

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:30
President Barack Obama declared this week that the U.S. military has reached a “turning point,” but when NATO’s military coalition begins a new mission in Afghanistan at the end of the month, little is likely to change for the thousands of troops whose deployment extends into next year.

Jesse Ventura sues publisher HarperCollins over 'American Sniper'

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:25
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura filed suit Monday against HarperCollins, the New York publisher of the book that a federal jury in St. Paul said had defamed him.

Japan-US defense revisions postponed

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:20
Japan and the United States have decided to delay revising the Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation, which the two countries had earlier agreed to do by the end of this year, it was learned Tuesday.

Sydney siege gives Australians a wake-up call on terrorism

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:19
A tense siege in the heart of Sydney reached a deafening and fatal finale in the early hours of Tuesday, forcing Australians to confront the somber reality that their country had become a new target for Islamist terrorism.

Italian marines' appeals turned down by court in India

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:04
India's top court on Tuesday turned down travel appeals by two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012.

Soldier who deserted, served in French Foreign Legion is sentenced to 4 years in prison

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:05
An American soldier who deserted his unit on post and joined the French Foreign Legion was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday, according to a report in the New York Times.

Taliban mount assault on Kunar border district, Afghan officials say

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:53
Taliban insurgents launched a massive attack against local security forces in eastern Kunar province and Afghan army units have been deployed to repulse the assault, officials said Tuesday.

Manila seeks custody of US Marine in murder case

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:51
The Philippine government asked Washington on Tuesday to turn over custody of a U.S. Marine charged with the murder of a Filipino transgender woman in a looming irritant between the allies.

Sydney siege victims lauded for courage, kindness

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:37
She was a brilliant lawyer who taught young students how to prepare for mock trials. He was the beloved manager of a chocolate shop and cafe who was known for putting his staffers' needs first. Both of their lives ended in a hail of bullets inside a Sydney cafe after a disturbed gunman took them hostage along with 15 others.
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