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The Defense Department’s 30-day review of operations against the Islamic State group will be delivered to the White House on Monday, but that does not mean major battlefield changes are imminent, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.



Shulkin promises ‘major changes’ at Veterans Affairs

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin promised major changes were coming to the agency, saying President Trump expects it. He did not offer specifics, only calling it a “modernizing of our system.”


Judge won't throw out Bergdahl case over Trump comments

Bergdahl's lawyers had argued that Trump's comments violated their client's due-process rights and that the judge should dismiss charges accusing him of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.


Japanese think tank argues for moving Marines off Okinawa

The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit could leave Okinawa without sacrificing its value as a security provider in the Asia-Pacific, a Japanese think tank said following a study of alternatives to building a new runway opposed by the island’s governor.



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More bearded, turbaned Sikhs join Army as Pentagon reviews religious articles ban

Eight Sikh Army recruits have received waivers this year allowing them to maintain their religiously mandated beards and turbans in uniform, nearly doubling the number of observant Sikhs in the Army despite a decades-old policy barring visual symbols of faith.


Homeland Security intel report disputes threat posed by travel ban nations

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.


Air Force wants F-35 jets to fight Islamic State

The Air Force wants to deploy the stealthy F-35A Joint Strike Fighter in the air campaign against the Islamic State, citing the increasingly complex operating environment over Syria, but it's not clear that it will be able to do so before the conflict is over.



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White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing

News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing Friday.


Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed outcast North Korean scion

The poison used to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader at a crowded air terminal in Malaysia last week was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, police said Friday.


Pentagon: Review of Islamic State strategy could include call for new war authorization

The Defense Department’s 30-day review of operations against the Islamic State group will be delivered to the White House on Monday, but that does not mean major battlefield changes are imminent, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.


Paris mayor, Clooney fire back at Trump for insulting city

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, France's foreign minister and an American cinema luminary pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump for insulting the City of Light on Friday in a speech.


Egypt Christians flee Sinai after a spate of attacks

Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian man and stabbed his daughter to death in northern Sinai, the seventh such killing in a month's time in the region, officials and a Christian priest said Friday, prompting hundreds of Christians to flee from the area for fear of being targeted next.


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White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing

News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing Friday.


Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed outcast North Korean scion

The poison used to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader at a crowded air terminal in Malaysia last week was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, police said Friday.


Pentagon: Review of Islamic State strategy could include call for new war authorization

The Defense Department’s 30-day review of operations against the Islamic State group will be delivered to the White House on Monday, but that does not mean major battlefield changes are imminent, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.


Paris mayor, Clooney fire back at Trump for insulting city

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, France's foreign minister and an American cinema luminary pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump for insulting the City of Light on Friday in a speech.


Egypt Christians flee Sinai after a spate of attacks

Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian man and stabbed his daughter to death in northern Sinai, the seventh such killing in a month's time in the region, officials and a Christian priest said Friday, prompting hundreds of Christians to flee from the area for fear of being targeted next.




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Judge won't throw out Bergdahl case over Trump comments

Bergdahl's lawyers had argued that Trump's comments violated their client's due-process rights and that the judge should dismiss charges accusing him of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.


Keesler Air Force Base sergeant pleads guilty, sentenced for crimes against child

Staff Sgt. James McGriff, 31, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years of confinement, was demoted to E-1, airman basic, and received a dishonorable discharge.


Coast Guard detains 2 Panama-flagged ships for safety issues

Officials say two Panama-flagged cargo ships have been detained on the Willamette and Columbia rivers because of safety issues.


Sailor arrested in Florida on desertion charge

Police arrested Ana Lucia Gnecco, 24, in Hollywood, Fla. on Wednesday on behalf of the federal government. She is accused of deserting her post after having a baby last summer.


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Naval Academy boxers lace up gloves, steel themselves for fight night

Getting punched in the face is something not a lot of people would do for fun, but students at the United States Naval Academy have learned to love the feeling.


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Judge won't throw out Bergdahl case over Trump comments

Bergdahl's lawyers had argued that Trump's comments violated their client's due-process rights and that the judge should dismiss charges accusing him of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.


Keesler Air Force Base sergeant pleads guilty, sentenced for crimes against child

Staff Sgt. James McGriff, 31, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years of confinement, was demoted to E-1, airman basic, and received a dishonorable discharge.


Coast Guard detains 2 Panama-flagged ships for safety issues

Officials say two Panama-flagged cargo ships have been detained on the Willamette and Columbia rivers because of safety issues.


Sailor arrested in Florida on desertion charge

Police arrested Ana Lucia Gnecco, 24, in Hollywood, Fla. on Wednesday on behalf of the federal government. She is accused of deserting her post after having a baby last summer.


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Naval Academy boxers lace up gloves, steel themselves for fight night

Getting punched in the face is something not a lot of people would do for fun, but students at the United States Naval Academy have learned to love the feeling.



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DI boys semifinals

Wiesbaden survives thriller for right to face Ramstein

Warriors get past Naples in double overtime, while Royals end Kaiserslautern's season with a loss yet again.


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DI boys semifinals

Wiesbaden survives thriller for right to face Ramstein

Warriors get past Naples in double overtime, while Royals end Kaiserslautern's season with a loss yet again.



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