North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen in this undated photo from the Korean Central News Agency. Critics say a new approach is needed after years of punishing sanctions and diplomatic pressure have failed to stop Pyongyang from pursuing its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could target the U.S. mainland.<br>Courtesy of KCNA

US intel chief: Efforts to denuclearize North Korea ‘a lost cause'

Efforts to force North Korea to give up its nuclear program are “a lost cause” and the best that can be hoped for is probably a cap on its activity, the U.S. intelligence chief says.

Pets to be banned from Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery will banish pets from its 624 acres under a new policy taking effect Wednesday, cemetery officials announced.

First transgender soldiers seek formal Army recognition

Within weeks of the Pentagon allowing transgender service members to serve openly, Army officials said 10 soldiers have formally asked to be recognized as their new, preferred gender.

Iraqis push toward Mosul; group calls for airstrike probe

Iraqi forces fought their way into two villages near Mosul on Monday as the offensive to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week and a rights group urged a probe into a suspected airstrike that hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians.

Inspector General report finds widespread hazards at military housing

Servicemembers and their families are exposed to health and safety hazards at base housing worldwide that could be alleviated by inspections and better maintenance, the Defense Department’s Inspector General said in a recent report.

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Navy: Debris, pilot error caused 2015 fighter jet crash in Persian Gulf

An F/A-18F fighter jet that crashed shortly after launching from the USS Theodore Roosevelt ingested debris as it took off, but a Navy investigation determined the crew still could have made it safely back to the carrier if not for pilot error.

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Philippine, Japanese leaders sign military, economic deals

The leaders of Japan and the Philippines agreed Wednesday to cooperate in promoting regional peace and stability, and acknowledged the importance of their alliances with the U.S., although a joint statement focused largely on Japan's contribution to Philippine maritime security and other projects totaling a 21 billion yen ($210 million) loan.

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Afghan official: Taliban insurgents abduct, kill 26 people

Taliban insurgents on Wednesday killed 26 Afghan civilians after abducting them in the remote central province of Ghor the previous day, officials said, the latest brutal attack targeting the local population in one of the country's most lawless areas.

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