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Iraq orders investigation into abuses by security forces in anti-ISIS campaign

Stars and Stripes - 0 sec ago
The Iraqi Interior Ministry has ordered an investigation into alleged abuses by Iraqi security forces near Mosul earlier in the campaign to retake the country’s second largest city from the Islamic State, according to local media.

Poor and disabled big losers in Trump budget; military wins

Stars and Stripes - 1 hour 34 min ago
The poor and the disabled are big losers in President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal while the Pentagon is a big winner.

Priest among 14 hostages taken in siege of Philippines city

Stars and Stripes - 2 hours 20 sec ago
Muslim extremists abducted a Catholic priest and more than a dozen churchgoers while laying siege to a southern Philippine city overnight, burning buildings, ambushing soldiers and hoisting flags of the Islamic State group, officials said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern third of the nation and warned he would enforce it harshly.

Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

Stars and Stripes - 2 hours 17 min ago
Top officials in President Donald Trump's Cabinet are heading to Capitol Hill to defend his plans to cut domestic programs and parry Democratic criticism of his tax proposals.

S. Korean military convicts soldier for having gay sex, drawing criticism from rights groups

Stars and Stripes - 3 hours 46 min ago
A South Korean military court convicted a soldier Wednesday for having gay sex, prompting an international rights group to urge the country’s new government to repeal its “archaic and discriminatory” laws.

Virginia man admits stealing from presidential helicopter unit at Quantico

Stars and Stripes - 6 hours 11 min ago
Branden Roy Baker, 34, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, where he will face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 11.

Valor Games competition transforms disabled veteran's life

Stars and Stripes - 6 hours 14 min ago
Army veteran Marcus Alston-Leggett competed at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Dean Smith Center as part of the Valor Games Southeast, a three-day adaptive sports competition hosted by Bridge II Sports designed for disabled veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Having previously clashed, Trump and Pope Francis meet

Stars and Stripes - 6 hours 20 min ago
Concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions, President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed.

Robins Air Force Base squad travels wide area to send veterans out with honor

Stars and Stripes - 6 hours 25 min ago
The Robins Honor Guard is most visible to the community when performing at public ceremonies at the Museum of Aviation and elsewhere. But its primary task is to serve in the funerals of Air Force veterans.

Southeast Asian nations to coordinate against ISIS returnees

Stars and Stripes - 6 hours 32 min ago
Southeast Asian and Pacific governments will hold a summit in August to coordinate against the security threat posed by homegrown Islamic militants returning from battlefields in Syria and Iraq, an Australian official said on Wednesday.

'Fly the flag'? Rift in Mississippi over Confederate symbol

Stars and Stripes - 6 hours 36 min ago
Both the Mississippi flag and the sign prominently display the Confederate battle emblem, which has caused a rift for generations between those who say it represents Southern heritage and those who call it racist.

House passes VA appeals bill and five other veterans measures

Stars and Stripes - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:07
The House unanimously passed legislation Tuesday aiming to shorten the amount of time veterans wait for earned benefits, a process that takes an average of six years when a veteran is forced to appeal a claim with the Board of Veterans' Appeals.

California woman charged with smuggling tech to China

Stars and Stripes - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:56
Authorities say 32-year-old Si Chen, of Pomona, also known as Cathy Chen, was arrested Tuesday. It's unclear whether she has an attorney.

Trump calls Kim Jong Un a 'madman with nuclear weapons,' according to transcript of Duterte call

Stars and Stripes - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:01
In the April 29 call, Trump sought Duterte's input on whether Kim is "stable or not stable" and expressed some satisfaction in North Korea's recent failed missile tests, noting that "all his rockets are crashing."

Justice Dept. seeks greater sway over 'sanctuary cities'

Stars and Stripes - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:15
The move would give the administration far more leeway to make good on its promise to crack down on "sanctuary cities" - although it would surely meet resistance from some local law enforcement agencies that do not want their officers used to enforce immigration law.

UN: chemical experts found sarin exposure in Syria attack

Stars and Stripes - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:58
The new U.N. disarmament chief says a team from the international chemical weapons watchdog found exposure "to sarin or a sarin-like substance" in samples from an attack on April 4 in northern Syria that killed over 90 people and now wants to visit the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Marines zero in on overseas contingency operations with 2018 budget request

Stars and Stripes - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:34
As part of the proposed Navy budget for fiscal year 2018, the Marine Corp would receive $27.7 billion, with just over $1.3 billion of that from Overseas Contingency Operation funds.

Hands off US election, ex-CIA director says he warned Russia

Stars and Stripes - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:17
Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in the Trump campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on it.

Experts: Traveler should have drawn scrutiny before flight

Stars and Stripes - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:12
Anil Uskanli, who authorities say inspired so much fear among flight attendants on a Hawaii-bound jet that fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane, raised a series of possible red flags at Los Angeles International Airport before the flight took off.

Lawmakers probe US contractor in Iraq sex trafficking case

Stars and Stripes - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:06
An investigation by The Associated Press this month found that Sallyport Global fired two of its investigators after they uncovered evidence of the trafficking as well as alcohol smuggling and major security violations at Balad Air Base.