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Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly speaks during a press briefing at the Pentagon, April 2, 2020.
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Acting Navy secretary apologizes for calling ousted USS Theodore Roosevelt skipper ‘stupid’

“Capt. Crozier is smart and passionate,” acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said. “I believe, precisely because he is not naive and stupid, that he sent his alarming email with the intention of getting it into the public domain in an effort to draw public attention to the situation on his ship.”


Off-base businesses in Japan feel the squeeze of US military’s anti-virus measures

“We still get a few Japanese locals and some of their foreign friends come in,” said Mary Jane, the owner of Venus Resto Bar near Yokosuka, “but with the Americans restricted to base, business is noticeably slower since there isn’t much volume.”


Navy bases near Tokyo further restrict movement following coronavirus emergency declaration

The declaration of a public health emergency by U.S. Forces Japan prompted commanders at two naval bases near Tokyo to tighten restrictions on sailors and civilians.

Pentagon orders troops to wear masks when they can’t meet ‘social distancing’ standards

U.S. troops worldwide must wear masks, and sew their own if necessary, if they cannot maintain social distancing standards to protect against the coronavirus, the Pentagon announced Sunday.


Osan Air Base reports another coronavirus case, raising US Forces Korea total to 20

The American civilian employee last visited the air base on April 2 and has been quarantined at his off-base residence since then.



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europe

Millions of dollars going to Holocaust survivors for coronavirus help

Millions of dollars in additional funds are being made available to agencies around the world that provide aid to Holocaust survivors, whose advanced age and health issues makes them particularly vulnerable to the new coronavirus.




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middle east

UN report says Syria or allies likely to blame for attacks

A U.N. investigation has concluded it is “highly probable” that the Syrian government or its allies were responsible for attacks on five facilities in the last opposition stronghold in the northwest in 2019 — a school, two health care centers, a hospital and a child care facility.