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US troops punished for contact with foreign women during White House trip, but not court-martialed 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:47:27 +0000
The Army and Air Force have punished U.S. servicemembers who were sent home from Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Panama last year after bringing foreign women into a secure area without registering them, but will not court-martial them, U.S. military officials said.

Retired Marine major general buried at Arlington National Cemetery 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:38:20 +0000
Maj. Gen. Paul A. Fratarangelo died Aug. 24, 2017 at his home in Florida, according to his obituary. He served 33 years as a Marine officer and his final active duty assignment was as commander of the Marine Corps Air Bases, Western Area.

Trump officials weigh keeping national parks open even if government shuts down 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:12:28 +0000
The Trump administration is drawing up plans to keep hundreds of national parks and monuments open to the public if the government shuts down this weekend, a precedent-setting change aimed at blunting anger over the disruption of federal services.

Judge bars US from transferring American ISIS suspect held in Iraq until next week 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:01:12 +0000
A federal judge barred until Tuesday the transfer by U.S. authorities of an American held four months without charges in Iraq to another country, while she decides whether to permanently ban his transfer while he challenges his detention in court.

Watchdog: Civilian deaths tripled in US-led campaign against ISIS in 2017 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:48:57 +0000
Airwars, which investigates civilian casualty allegations using social media and other information, said that between 3,923 and 6,102 noncombatants were "likely killed" in air and artillery strikes by the U.S. and its partners in 2017. The estimate for Iraq and Syria was more than triple that of the year before, Airwars said.

Review: 'Forever My Girl' doesn’t stray from Southern romance formula 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:44:00 +0000
Romance novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks cornered the market on a subgenre he essentially invented - exceedingly pleasant, Southern-set epic romances (between young, attractive, white, Christian, heterosexual couples). But this is a genre that overwhelmingly appeals to a female movie-going audience, so it’s about time female creators have been given a place behind the camera to shape the voice and perspective of these stories. Writer/director Bethany Ashton Wolf has adapted Heidi McLaughlin’s novel in “Forever My Girl,” a tale of love lost and found.

UN to investigate attacks on Congo peacekeepers  

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:37:54 +0000
The U.N. is launching an investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in a part of Congo where the deadliest single assault on a U.N. peacekeeping mission in almost 25 years unfolded last month.

UN chief: Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force  

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:29:06 +0000
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened Thursday's meeting warning that the threat from weapons of mass destruction "seems to be gathering force" and urged expanded diplomatic efforts to tackle what he called the greatest security challenge in the world today — North Korea.

Feds say man accused in Bosnian killings lied to be refugee  

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:09:04 +0000
A man suspected of killing three people while fighting in Bosnia's war in the 1990s lied to get into the U.S. as a refugee and quietly operated a trucking company in northern Iowa, federal authorities said.

Pentagon: Military-civilian disconnect could endanger all-volunteer force 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:07:00 +0000
Americans are less connected to the military than ever before and Defense Department leaders — facing what could amount to a recruitment crisis in coming years — has started to take note.

India test-launches nuclear-capable long-range missile  

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:58:45 +0000
The test, the fifth of the Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile, was made from a mobile launcher. India has been developing its nuclear and missile systems in recent years amid increasing strategic competition with China.

Bahamas military recovers body from small plane crash at sea  

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:44:27 +0000
A body has been recovered from the waters off Andros Island where a small plane with six people on board is believed to have crashed. A debris field and a body were spotted in rough seas by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew the night before.

Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming  

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:34:39 +0000
Scientists say 2017 showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally.

UK and French leaders reach border deal, disagree on Brexit 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:34:16 +0000
The leaders of Britain and France met Thursday against a military backdrop to pledge closer cooperation on defense, security and borders after Britain leaves the European Union.

Veteran discusses mission to take down the Taliban, movie hitting theaters Friday 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:22:00 +0000
Steve Kofron said when he and his 11 comrades in the Army’s 5th Special Forces group heard about the post-9/11 mission to bring down the Taliban, they did not just volunteer for it — they fought to be able to go.

Advocates concerned veteran homelessness isn’t a VA priority 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:27:00 +0000
An attempt by the Department of Veterans Affairs late last year to reduce funding to a veterans housing program has created a lingering rift between the agency and veterans advocates.

Why Greece, Macedonia fight over nation's name 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:16:13 +0000
Greece and neighboring Macedonia have been at loggerheads for more than a quarter-century over an issue at the heart of the newer nation's existence and identity: its name.

Polish president thanks Trump for fighting 'fake news' 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:10:36 +0000
Poland's president has thanked President Donald Trump for fighting "fake news," saying his own country experiences the power of fake news "first hand."

28 aid workers killed in South Sudan last year, a new high 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:07:17 +0000
The United Nations says violence against aid workers in South Sudan reached a new high in 2017, with 28 killed.

France's epic Bayeux Tapestry is headed to Britain in a loan for the ages 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:06:21 +0000
It is probably the most famous piece of medieval embroidery in the world, a ribbon of scrolling tapestry 70 yards long that tells in pictures the story of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, an epic tale of gore, glory and God. The priceless treasure hasn't left France in almost 1,000 years.


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