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Staff Sgt. Chris Hofer, a loadmaster from Yokota Air Base, prepares a box of Operation Christmas Drop donations on board a C-130 Super Herc on Dec. 9, 2018.<br>Caitlin Doornbos/Stars and Stripes

Airmen Santas swap sleighs for C-130s to deliver gifts to some of the world's most remote islands

Residents of the far-flung islands of the Northern Marianas, who recently endured one of history’s most powerful typhoons, are getting gifts by parachute as part of Operation Christmas Drop.


Fallen Hornet pilot honored with missing-man flyover at MCAS Iwakuni

Four Marine F/A-18 Hornets roared over Iwakuni in tribute to Capt. Jahmar Resilard, who died in a midair collision last week.


US returns ‘Balangiga Bells’ to Philippines after more than a century

A C-130 transport plane landed in Manila on Tuesday morning carrying three bells taken from the Philippines a century ago during its war with America, ending a long-standing dispute between the two allies.


Elevator restoration promises ride to top of iconic Pearl Harbor tower

The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum has raised the needed $700,000 to repair the elevator in the Ford Island Control Tower, which stood partially constructed during the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack by the Japanese.

Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

A Canadian court granted bail on Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States' request, but not before Chinese authorities detained a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing in apparent retaliation for the arrest.


US, S. Korea hold separate talks on cost-sharing, status of forces

Negotiators reportedly have been struggling to find middle ground on a U.S. demand that Seoul increase its contribution to the multimillion dollar bill to maintain some 28,500 American troops on the divided peninsula.


US and Japanese soldiers kick off annual Yama Sakura drills in Hokkaido

A joint command-post exercise called Yama Sakura tests the allies’ capability to defend Japanese territory as a unified fighting force.


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