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10 More Years: Obama Secures Foothold for Killer Drone War in Africa

10 More Years: Obama Secures Foothold for Killer Drone War in Africa
The United States has agreed to sign a long-term lease agreement with the government of Djibouti, President Obama announced Monday, cementing the U.S. military's presence at Camp Lemonnier, a key foothold for the killer drone program.
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Defense Sec: Russia's Ukraine Incursions 'Shatter the Myth' of Post-Cold War Security

Defense Sec: Russia's Ukraine Incursions 'Shatter the Myth' of Post-Cold War Security
Russia has everybody worried. Their invasion of Ukraine has threatened the post-Cold War security the west had enjoyed since the fall of the Soviet empire. The military's incursions "shatter the myth" of stability, said US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
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Cease-Fire Called in Beleaguered Homs, Syrian Rebels to Flee City

Cease-Fire Called in Beleaguered Homs, Syrian Rebels to Flee City
The Syrian government and the rebels revolting called a 48-hour truce in the city of Homs, so that rebels who have been trapped there can retreat. The city, called the "capital of the revolution," was one of the first great victories for the rebels, but has since been under a steady stream of bombardment and artillery fire.
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Prince Charles, Camilla 'Devasted' After Brother Dies in Fall

Prince Charles, Camilla 'Devasted' After Brother Dies in Fall
Conservationist and brother to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Mark Shand, died of an apparent accidental fall Wednesday. Camilla and her husband Prince Charles were "utterly devastated" by the news of his sudden death.
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South Sudanese Rebels Kill Hundreds in Disputed Town

South Sudanese Rebels Kill Hundreds in Disputed Town
U.N. human rights investigators have confirmed that hundreds of civilians were killed because of their ethnicity after rebel forces seized a disputed town in South Sudan last week, the United Nations said Monday.
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Court Rules Halliburton, KBR Can Be Sued For Iraq Toxic Burn Pits

Court Rules Halliburton, KBR Can Be Sued For Iraq Toxic Burn Pits
KBR and Halliburton – two major U.S. military contractors – can be sued for the health impacts of trash incineration on U.S. soldiers who served in the war in Iraq, according to a new court decision that allows a series of 57 lawsuits against the companies to go forward.
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Real Story from the Year 2014: Flyers Call on Ukrainian Jews to 'Register'

Real Story from the Year 2014: Flyers Call on Ukrainian Jews to 'Register'
Flyers distributed in the Ukrainian City of Donetsk require Jews to bring a $50 fee to cover the placement of a "religious nationality" mark in passports, and to register their property and possessions with local authorities. Jews who failed to comply would face deportation. This is not a a WWII history lesson, but an actual news story.
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Elka Looks
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Edward Snowden Makes Surprise Appearance at Putin Press Conference

Edward Snowden Makes Surprise Appearance at Putin Press Conference
NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden appeared Thursday on Russian state television via video link, where he posed a question to Vladimir Putin's during the president's annual question-and-answer program: Is the Russian government spying on millions of people?
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American Least Likely to Find Ukraine on a Map Are Most Likely to Want War There

American Least Likely to Find Ukraine on a Map Are Most Likely to Want War There
A recent surveycompared what Americans wanted to do about the situation in Ukraine with their ability to locate Ukraine on a map. Only one in six placed Ukraine properly in southeastern Europe. Respondents put Ukraine all over Africa and Asia, even in Canada and in the U.S. The average answer was about 1800 miles off. Partisan voters on both sides did poorly compared to independents. The survey’s authors concluded, “The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force.”
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Seeing Russia from Its Backyard, NATO Ups Military Presence Along Eastern Border

Seeing Russia from Its Backyard, NATO Ups Military Presence Along Eastern Border
NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday. "We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water and more readiness on the land," Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels, declining to give exact troop figures.
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