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At least two gunmen who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday are dead, officials said in the hours after the attack began on the city’s west side. At least one American was trapped in the besieged hotel, which was also on fire.



Overseas military families lose AFN; access to other services remains unclear

It didn’t take long for some DOD operations to grind to a halt: American Forces Network, which provides entertainment and command information to U.S. servicemembers worldwide through its television and radio services, was dark early Saturday morning in Europe.


Beijing: US warship violated sovereignty near contested S. China Sea island

The Chinese government on Saturday accused the U.S. of trespassing in its territorial waters when a U.S. guided missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.


'Steady as she goes:' Amid shutdown, Mattis says military operations will continue

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo released by the Pentagon on Saturday that the U.S. military will continue to carry out operations across the world, but the shutdown already was prompting the cancellation or delay of training for reserve units and having other effects. Mattis pledged to do his best to mitigate disruptions and financial impacts on military families.



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As Congress shuts down government, now what?

The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here's a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government.


Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown

During a stopover in Ireland, Pence greeted US soldiers at Shannon Airport in Ireland hours after the federal government shutdown. Pence told the troops: "We'll get this thing figured out in Washington." He told the soldiers to "stay focused on your mission."


Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

Republicans and Democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending Saturday as Americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and Congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying to resolve the stalemate.



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Hurlburt Field airman awarded Silver Star Medal for service in Iraq

During a 10-hour firefight, Staff Sgt. Christopher Lewis helped secure the safety of his Special Operations team and more than 300 partner soldiers, according to the Air Force.


IOC says North Korea to have 22 athletes in 5 Olympic sports

A Korean unity deal for the Pyeongchang Olympics will bring 22 North Korean athletes across the border to South Korea, where they will march as one under a unification flag at the opening ceremony and compete together in one sport.


All-female UK team of soldiers crosses Antarctica

They spent 62 days skiing across more than 1,000 miles. A team of British soldiers has become the first all-female group to cross Antarctica using only muscle power.


Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria

Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to expand Turkey's military border operations against a Kurdish group that has been the U.S.'s key Syria ally in the war on the Islamic State group.


Vice President Pence says US stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against Mideast terrorism on Saturday as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region amid a government shutdown in Washington.


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Hurlburt Field airman awarded Silver Star Medal for service in Iraq

During a 10-hour firefight, Staff Sgt. Christopher Lewis helped secure the safety of his Special Operations team and more than 300 partner soldiers, according to the Air Force.


IOC says North Korea to have 22 athletes in 5 Olympic sports

A Korean unity deal for the Pyeongchang Olympics will bring 22 North Korean athletes across the border to South Korea, where they will march as one under a unification flag at the opening ceremony and compete together in one sport.


All-female UK team of soldiers crosses Antarctica

They spent 62 days skiing across more than 1,000 miles. A team of British soldiers has become the first all-female group to cross Antarctica using only muscle power.


Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria

Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to expand Turkey's military border operations against a Kurdish group that has been the U.S.'s key Syria ally in the war on the Islamic State group.


Vice President Pence says US stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against Mideast terrorism on Saturday as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region amid a government shutdown in Washington.



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Remains of WWII POW Ewart Sconiers coming home

World War II veteran Ewart Sconiers is coming home. His Jan. 27 funeral with full military honors will mark the formal end of a years-long effort to find and officially identify the DeFuniak Springs native's remains and bring them back to his hometown.



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Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs

The Navy said Friday that it will take several days for the Transshelf to unload the Fitzgerald, which will be repaired by the 11,600 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding.


Bahamas military recovers body from small plane crash at sea

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.


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Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs

The Navy said Friday that it will take several days for the Transshelf to unload the Fitzgerald, which will be repaired by the 11,600 employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding.


Bahamas military recovers body from small plane crash at sea

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.



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Hot-shooting Army bounces back to beat Lehigh, 93-81

Luke Morrison scored 21 points and dropped in 5 3-pointers as Army shot its way past Lehigh 93-81 in a Patriot League battle on Saturday afternoon.


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Hot-shooting Army bounces back to beat Lehigh, 93-81

Luke Morrison scored 21 points and dropped in 5 3-pointers as Army shot its way past Lehigh 93-81 in a Patriot League battle on Saturday afternoon.