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Giving thanks in the Gulf on Thanksgiving

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 10:28
In Bahrain, servicemembers deployed on ships welcomed a Thanksgiving meal on dry land; in Qatar, airmen got wet, as they all made the best of a holiday spent deployed.

Israel to build new fence; 2 Palestinians die in West Bank

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:56
Two Palestinians were shot and killed in separate incidents Thursday in the West Bank as Israel announced plans to build a new fence near the flashpoint city of Hebron in an effort to contain a two-month spate of violence.

Obama makes holiday appeal for acceptance of Syrian refugees

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:27
President Barack Obama appealed anew on Thanksgiving Day for acceptance of Syrian refugees, saying "so much of our greatness comes from our generosity."

Fresh airstrikes in Syria near Turkey's border

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 07:58
Syrian activists say there have been fresh airstrikes in northern Syria, near the Turkish border.

China in talks with Djibouti on establishing logistics base

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 07:46
China said Thursday it is in talks with Djibouti about setting up a naval logistics center in the Horn of Africa nation to service Chinese anti-piracy patrols, raising the sensitive issue of whether Beijing will seek military bases overseas.

Turkey's Erdogan: Russia in Syria to help Assad

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 07:32
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at Russia, accusing it of using its fight against the Islamic State group in Syria as a pretext to target opposition groups in a bid to strengthen Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Pope says Christian-Muslim dialogue essential for peace

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 07:24
Pope Francis told Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya on Thursday that they have little choice but to engage in dialogue to guard against the "barbarous" Islamic extremist attacks that have struck Kenya, saying they need to be "prophets of peace."

Moldova: 13 detained, suspected of wanting to attack city

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 07:17
Moldovan police have detained a total of 13 people who they say are part of a paramilitary group that was planning to take control of a northern Moldovan city with a majority Russian population.

Russia holding up Turkish goods at border as relations sour

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 06:45
Customs officials along the Russian border are scrutinizing Turkish goods due to "various reasons" including a possible terrorist threat, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

Turkey releases recording of warnings to Russian plane

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:35
Turkey has released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military’s repeated warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane before it was shot down at the border with Syria - audio that grows increasingly more agitated.

Defense bill requires Army input on 440th Airlift Wing move decision

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 04:05
The Air Force will not be allowed to shutter the 440th Airlift Wing and move its planes from Fort Bragg without Army commanders weighing in, according to legislation signed by President Obama Wednesday.

Ukraine stops buying Russian gas, closes airspace

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 02:52
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor.

Amid Syria's civil war, a James Bond-style rescue operation

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 02:33
In the whirlwind of Syria's civil war, two Russian pilots parachuted from their aircraft into a chaotic front-line mountainous region near the border with Turkey after their aircraft was hit by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet.

Report: SEALs drowned while practicing holding their breath

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 01:50
Navy documents say that two SEALs who drowned in a Virginia training pool were practicing holding their breath underwater after being told not to do so by the facility's manager.

Small town near the Arctic Circle braces for a historic influx of refugees

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 01:43
The buses are coming. No one knows when, how many, or exactly who will be in them, only that they are coming - buses filled with refugees who began their journeys thousands of miles away and will arrive any day now at their final destination, this remote town in the piney forest of eastern Finland.

'I was walking on blood': The incredible work by doctors to help Paris victims

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 00:25
On the Friday of the Paris terrorist attacks, Yonathan Freund was taking a 10-minute coffee break in his office above the emergency room when a call came in.

American and Russian militaries don't agree about much in Syria

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 23:20
During a two-day period early this week, the United States reported that coalition aircraft had conducted 23 strikes in Syria, destroying about three dozen Islamic State vehicles, buildings and tactical units.

Putin sends air-defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 23:02
In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey.

Home from Afghanistan, Fort Bragg soldiers get a real Thanksgiving meal

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 23:01
A year ago, Thanksgiving for many of the soldiers of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade was spent far from home.

France failed to quash jihadist threat in Mali

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 21:53
Two years after French troops drove jihadist forces from northern Mali, a deadly attack on a luxury hotel has raised concerns that Islamist extremists are gaining ground again in this volatile country.
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