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Goblet, a long tube device that contains a vitrification freezing platform for embryos and sperm in a liquid nitrogen tank, in the in vitro fertilization lab at the Reproductive Science Center in San Ramon, California, on August 22, 2013.<br>Jim Stevens, Bay Area News Group/Tribune News Service

Congress allows IVF coverage for wounded vets, with limits

Wounded veterans hoping to start families appeared to win a significant victory Thursday with a new law allowing coverage of fertility treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Lead in water at Wiesbaden base being addressed

Five faucets at youth service buildings on Clay Kaserne have been replaced or will be replaced after drinking water from them tested positive for elevated lead levels during a routine examination by Installation Management Command Europe.


NY/NJ bombing suspect’s relatives detained in Afghanistan

The Afghan government has detained three relatives of the Afghan-American man accused of detonating bombs in New York and New Jersey as part of an investigation into the incident, an Afghan official said Thursday.

Pentagon concerns halt planned Army MWR cuts

Steep reductions to Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs that were to begin next week are on hold, pending a top-level review prompted by a Pentagon official’s concern that the funding cuts may be too deep.


Patriot Express flights from Aviano to Germany cut for fiscal 2017

A weekly chartered passenger flight from Aviano Air Base to Germany for onward flights to the United States has been canceled, the base announced this week.



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Germany no longer the promised land for migrants

The 5:08 p.m. to Munich pulled into Salzburg Central Station, and four German police officers boarded the train. This was a migrant sweep, and the cops moved quickly past the fair-skinned passengers, questioning a group of Saudi tourists and a Chicano from Chicago.




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Grass-roots protest movement grows in Afghanistan

Calling themselves the Enlightening, members of the Hazara ethnic minority have mobilized several mass demonstrations against what they say is systematic discrimination by President Ashraf Ghani’s government.




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