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Commanders remind troops to remain on guard against the coronavirus during Thanksgiving

U.S. commanders across South Korea and Japan reminded service members, civilian employees and family members to heed good practices heading into the long weekend.


US-to-Philippines arms transfers include recon drone, 100 precision-guided missiles

U.S. officials delivered armaments worth nearly $33 million to the Philippines.

State Department funds for Pacific islands aim to counter China’s ‘problematic behavior’

The deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs said the funding supports sustainability, economic and security programming in the Pacific islands.


Lawmakers call on VA to release a vaccine distribution plan

The Department of Veterans Affairs has not yet publicized a strategy to distribute coronavirus vaccines to its patients and staff once one has been approved, leading some lawmakers to worry that the department has fallen behind states and other federal agencies.


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'America is back,' Biden says as he introduces national security team

Declaring "America is back," President-elect Joe Biden introduced his national security team on Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on experts from the Democratic establishment to be some of his most important advisers.



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Outdoor exercise still allowed, eating in public curbed in Italian region that includes Aviano AB

Outdoor exercise facilities will remain open following a reversal by Italian authorities, but eating and drinking in public was barred at Aviano following the announcement of new coronavirus restrictions in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Italian and Air Force officials said.




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middle east

Officials: Roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan kills 14

Roadside bombs exploded in central Afghanistan on Tuesday killing at least 13 civilians and a traffic policeman, officials said, even as government negotiators and the Taliban meet to try to end decades of war.