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Staff Sgt. Justin S. Bryant shows a high school robotics team that the MK-2 Talon Robot can climb over objects during a demonstration at Swansboro High School in Swansboro, N.C., Nov. 17, 2016. <br>Clemente C. Garcia/U.S. Marine Corps

Robots poised to take over wide range of military jobs

The wave of automation that swept away tens of thousands of American manufacturing and office jobs during the past two decades is now washing over the armed forces, putting both rear-echelon and front-line positions in jeopardy.


Pence: Patience of American people being tested by NATO

NATO allies must accelerate defense spending this year in answer to a U.S. demand that Europe carry a heavier burden — or face consequences, Vice President Mike Pence said Monday during a visit to the alliance headquarters in Brussels.


Mattis arrives in Iraq and makes clear the US is not there to take oil

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis made an unannounced visit to Iraq’s capital on Monday to reassure allies of the U.S. military’s commitment to support the sprawling operation to recapture the city of Mosul from entrenched Islamic State militants.

US servicemember dies outside Ramadi

A U.S. servicemember died during a non-combat related incident Monday outside Ramadi, Iraq, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said.


Chilling CCTV footage shows killing of N. Korean leader’s brother

Chilling new security footage emerged Monday purportedly showing the assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother at a Malaysian airport.



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europe

Portugal to extradite former CIA agent to Italy within days

A Portuguese court has instructed police to extradite a former CIA agent to Italy, where she has to serve a prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a U.S. program that kidnapped terror suspects for interrogation.



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pacific

4 US tourists and pilot killed in Australian plane crash

An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.



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middle east

Israeli court gives soldier 18 months in fatal shooting

An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for his deadly shooting of a Palestinian attacker who lay wounded on the ground, capping a nearly yearlong saga that has deeply divided the country.