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World pledges $10 billion for Syrians, but peace prospects bleak

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:24
World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria's civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said "will save lives, will give hope, will give people the chance of a future."

Former Panama hostage 'never gave up my friends'

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:23
It’s not the bright lights or the room full of people that make Kurt Muse sweat during his speaking engagements. It’s reliving the nine months in 1989 that Gen. Manuel Noriega’s police tortured and detained him in solitary confinement, and the memory of coming to terms with what seemed like certain death at the hands of the Panamanian dictatorship.

In Kansas City, there's a lot more than barbecue

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:20
My wife and I were astonished to discover this clean, livable western Missouri city as a treasure trove of great food, fine museums and musical and artistic delights. Here are just a few reasons why you, too, should discover Kansas City.

Senior Executive Service Announcement

DoD News Releases - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:11
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointment: Henrietta K. Brisbon has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service and has been assigned as vice procurement services executive and deputy chief, Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Fort Meade, Maryland.
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Pause in Syrian talks shows peace remains elusive

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:06
It was hardly unexpected that the Syrian peace talks in Geneva would break off in recrimination. But the speed in which it happened — only two days after the U.N. had declared them officially open — was a stark indication of just how unattainable peace in Syria remains.

Anger at Arab Israeli parliament members who met relatives of attackers

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:05
Steps should be taken against Arab members of Israel's parliament who met with families of Palestinians who committed deadly attacks against civilians and security personnel, Israel's Prime Minister said Thursday.

48 hours in Winter Park, Florida

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:05
Next time you're in central Florida, take a little detour to Winter Park for a satisfying 48 hours

Saudi official says kingdom ready to send troops to Syria

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:02
A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.

Downtown Salt Lake City is where to play after hitting the slopes

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:55
After hitting the slopes in Park City, you could allow yourself a downtown overnight in Salt Lake with a few hours of playtime — and you might be pleasantly surprised.

Norwegian Cruise Line spending $400 million on upgrades

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:48
Norwegian Cruise Line said recently it will spend $400 million over two years to upgrade nine of its ships and make other improvements.

UN reports new rapes by its peacekeepers in Central African Republic

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:47
Investigators have discovered a string of new cases in which U.N. peacekeepers allegedly sexually abused or exploited women and girls in the Central African Republic, widening a scandal that has already sent shockwaves through the United Nations and threatened to undermine one of its most crucial and fragile missions.

Watching the Oscars? Give your party mix a classy overhaul

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:41
Don’t even think about serving that old classic “party mix” at your Oscars party. This isn’t an 8-year-old’s birthday party. This is red carpet material, even if it’s in your living room.

Exotic fun: 10 days with tigers

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:32
The Survival Outreach Sanctuary in Spring Hill, Fla., provides a home to displaced exotic animals on a private, forested agricultural property far removed from the nearby urban hustle and bustle.

What travelers should know about the Zika virus

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:29
Here’s what you as a traveler should know about Zika, a mostly mosquito-borne virus that shares some characteristics with the more familiar West Nile virus.

5 places in L.A. to soak up Oscars vibes

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:27
It’s Oscar season in Los Angeles. With the 88th annual Academy Awards scheduled for Feb. 28, here are five places in L.A. to soak up those glitzy Oscars vibes and maybe even run into one of the nominees.

Stretched by fight against Taliban, Afghan army raises recruitment age

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:23
The Afghan army, struggling to defeat a resilient Taliban, has begun enlisting men as old as 40 to replenish a force thinned by casualties, defections and attrition.

Cameroon sees surge in bombings as Nigeria chases Boko Haram

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:15
Nigeria's campaign to quash the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has triggered a surge of bombings in neighboring Cameroon, where the army says it's making headway in stopping attacks on military targets.

Pregnant SOUTHCOM servicemember moved to avoid Zika virus

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 14:50
A pregnant servicemember stationed in an area where the Zika virus has been detected was moved to avoid contracting the disease, though no troops are known to have the mosquito-borne illness, a U.S. Southern Command spokesman said Thursday.

Russia says Turkey may be planning Syria 'invasion'

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 14:47
The Russian Defense Ministry sees "a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish Armed Forces for active actions on the territory of Syria," Gen.-Maj. Igor Konashenkov said in a emailed statement Thursday. There are "reasonable grounds" to suspect Turkey of preparing for action.

Another wave of refugees looms as Assad advances on Aleppo

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 14:44
In what could unleash a new wave of refugees into Europe, Turkey said on Thursday that hundreds of thousands of Syrians are ready to flee the country in the face of a northern offensive by government forces.
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