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Payments of post allowance, the cost-of-living allowance given to some U.S. government civilian employees, will remain unchanged for most European locales at least through Dec. 22.

Among civilians at U.S. military installations in western Europe, only those in Portugal will see any change to the allowance in their next paychecks.

A biweekly review by the State Department’s Office of Allowances left post allowance at previously established rates in all other locations in western Europe where the U.S. military has bases.

At U.S. military bases in the United Kingdom, allowance rates haven’t changed since early February, when they were lowered. The most recent adjustments to the allowance at military bases in Germany, Italy and Spain happened at the end of September, when they were raised.

Recent exchange rate data indicate allowance rates likely won’t change significantly before the end of the year.

In the last month, the dollar has gained some strength against the British pound, which sold for more than $2.11 on Nov. 8 and $2.03 on Friday, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Web site. Two weeks ago, the dollar’s slide against the euro reversed as well.

Generally, the allowance increases when the dollar falls against host nation currencies.

Court-martial for GI in Germany is postponedThe court-martial of a Germany-based soldier accused of striking his ex-girlfriend in the head with a flashlight has been postponed.

The trial of Sgt. Stevie M. Huff was scheduled to begin Monday but has been delayed until late January or early February. He is charged with premeditated attempted murder.

Huff’s defense team asked for a delay so the U.S. Army Crime Lab has time to complete analysis of physical evidence from the crime scene.

Huff, a mechanic with the 554th Military Police Company, which is based in Stuttgart, is accused of striking Angelika Gruber three times on the head with a flashlight on May 26 in her apartment in Hauptstuhl, which is near Landstuhl.

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