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An Air Force pilot was in good condition Tuesday after ejecting from an F-16C fighter jet that crashed as it attempted to land at a small municipal airport in western Arizona along the state’s border with California, Air Force officials said.



Trump discourages Jackson from continuing in 'ugly' VA confirmation process

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he still supported Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson as his nominee for Department of Veterans Affairs secretary, but discouraged the White House physician from continuing in what he called an “ugly” and “disgusting” confirmation process.


Air Force officials: China’s gains in space among biggest concerns

As lawmakers wrangle over the next step in an ongoing debate over creating a so-called Space Corps, top Air Force officials told a Senate panel on Tuesday that China’s innovations in space are among their top worries.


Army leaders cut mandatory training and other 'burdensome' requirements

The Army is eliminating online training programs and a leave planning requirement as part of a broader push to reduce tasks that take away from time spent on combat readiness.


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Foundation helps Gold Star children earn college degrees

Two years after her father was killed in Iraq, Jervon Lemon received a phone call from Cynthia Kim, co-founder of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, with an unexpected offer. “She said, ‘We want to pay for your undergraduate education.’"


Special operators say African terror groups a future threat to US, if not right now

The runway under construction in Agadez, Niger, stretching more than a mile in the southern Sahara Desert, is both the Air Force’s biggest building project ever and the newest sign of a growing American military campaign against extremists in West Africa.


Chinese aircraft carrier leads live-fire drills in East China Sea

China’s only operational aircraft carrier — the Liaoning — and an unspecified number of ships conducted anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare training that included detecting enemy aircraft with radar and launching jets and anti-aircraft missiles, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday.



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Facebook finally explains why it bans some content, in 27 pages

Among the most challenging issues for Facebook is its role as the policeman for the free expression of its 2 billion users. Now the social network is opening up about its decision-making over which posts it decides to take down — and why.


In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been "very open" and "very honorable," a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as "Little Rocket Man."


Spain eyes HQ of EU piracy mission amid Brexit planning

Spain looks set to take charge of the European Union's anti-piracy operation off Somalia despite a challenge from Italy, as EU countries compete for the spoils from Britain's departure from the bloc next year.


Syrian troops target ISIS tunnels, trenches in Damascus

The Syrian government launched a new operation Tuesday targeting tunnels used by the Islamic State group in the capital, state TV said, while shelling by the extremists on a government-held neighborhood left at least four dead.


‘Building a base from nothing’: $110 million U.S. project in Niger will house drones

The U.S. Air Force is nearing completion of a $110 million project in the Saharan desert town of Agadez, Niger, known as Air Base 201. And even the locals seem to think the Americans are going to be around for some time to come.


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Facebook finally explains why it bans some content, in 27 pages

Among the most challenging issues for Facebook is its role as the policeman for the free expression of its 2 billion users. Now the social network is opening up about its decision-making over which posts it decides to take down — and why.


In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been "very open" and "very honorable," a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as "Little Rocket Man."


Spain eyes HQ of EU piracy mission amid Brexit planning

Spain looks set to take charge of the European Union's anti-piracy operation off Somalia despite a challenge from Italy, as EU countries compete for the spoils from Britain's departure from the bloc next year.


Syrian troops target ISIS tunnels, trenches in Damascus

The Syrian government launched a new operation Tuesday targeting tunnels used by the Islamic State group in the capital, state TV said, while shelling by the extremists on a government-held neighborhood left at least four dead.


‘Building a base from nothing’: $110 million U.S. project in Niger will house drones

The U.S. Air Force is nearing completion of a $110 million project in the Saharan desert town of Agadez, Niger, known as Air Base 201. And even the locals seem to think the Americans are going to be around for some time to come.



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Trump discourages Jackson from continuing in 'ugly' VA confirmation process

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he still supported Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson as his nominee for Department of Veterans Affairs secretary, but discouraged the White House physician from continuing in what he called an “ugly” and “disgusting” confirmation process.



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Hickam Field attack survivor Andrew Kowalski dies at 103

Every year on the anniversary — including this past December — retired Air Force Col. Andrew Kowalski dutifully returned to the air base, one of the sites devastated in the Japanese attack that catapulted America into World War II.


Man gets life in prison for 2004 slaying of Army officer

Deon Monroe Jones on Monday was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in the 2004 slaying of Army Capt. Scott Corwin during an armed robbery attempt in downtown Savannah.


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Hickam Field attack survivor Andrew Kowalski dies at 103

Every year on the anniversary — including this past December — retired Air Force Col. Andrew Kowalski dutifully returned to the air base, one of the sites devastated in the Japanese attack that catapulted America into World War II.


Man gets life in prison for 2004 slaying of Army officer

Deon Monroe Jones on Monday was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in the 2004 slaying of Army Capt. Scott Corwin during an armed robbery attempt in downtown Savannah.