A squad leader communicates with his team leader behind cover during the STX at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The soldiers are students in the Basic Leadership Course.<br>Jaccob Hearn/U.S. Army

More public speaking, less PowerPoint for Army NCO schools

The Army is changing its 40-year-old enlisted education system with a new curriculum and an online course offering graded decisions that carry over to all academies for noncommissioned officers.

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Cars plunge as highway bridge collapses in Italy; at least 20 dead

A huge section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete debris onto warehouses below. The sudden, violent storm also sent vehicles plunging nearly 150 feet into a heap of rubble.

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Defense act restricts efforts to cut US troop numbers in South Korea

The $717 billion bill prevents the Pentagon from cutting the number of servicemembers deployed to South Korea below 22,000 unless the defense secretary has certified that it’s in the “national security interest” and that the secretary has “appropriately consulted” with regional allies.

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Taliban storm Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

The Taliban had besieged the base, which housed about 140 Afghan troops, for three days before the massive push late on Monday night, said the local provincial council chief. There were fears for the fate of the other troops from the base, as the Taliban claimed that dozens had surrendered and others were captured in battle.