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Activists: US-led Syria strikes kill at least 860

  BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State group and other extremists in Syria have killed more than 860 people, including civilians, since they began in mid-September, a monitoring group said Wednesday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the vast majority of those killed — 746 people — were Islamic [...]

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AP Exclusive: Drone sightings up dramatically

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is getting near-daily reports — and sometimes two or three a day — of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associated Press. It’s a sharp increase from just two years ago when such reports were still unusual. [...]

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Yugoslavia’s last defense minister dies in Moscow

  BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Former Yugoslav Gen. Veljko Kadijevic, who was accused of war crimes in Croatia and who fled to Russia to avoid testifying at a U.N. tribunal, has died. He was 88. Kadijevic — Yugoslavia’s last defense minister at the start of the country’s bloody breakup — died on Sunday in Moscow, [...]

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Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends. The Pentagon has put in place the [...]

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US: Indonesia defense chief not involved in abuses

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Indonesia’s army allegedly committed abuses when it was commanded by the retired general newly appointed as defense minister, but he was not personally implicated, a U.S. official said Tuesday. Indonesia’s new president unveiled his Cabinet this week, and rights activists have criticized the appointment of Ryamizard Ryacudu, a former army chief [...]

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Army moves in as Egyptians leave homes near Gaza

  EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Hundreds of Egyptians living along the border with the Gaza Strip evacuated their homes on Wednesday, after the army ordered them out to make way for a planned buffer zone meant to stop militants and smugglers, officials said. They said residents of the border town of Rafah have already handed [...]

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Egypt’s military to guard key state installations

  CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Monday ordered the military to join police forces in guarding vital state facilities against terror attacks, a move that would expand the military’s already dominant public presence since it toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi 15 months ago. The president’s decree stipulated that army troops will join [...]

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Admiral: 8-month deployments not sustainable

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy’s top admiral told sailors on Wednesday, Oct. 22, that lengthy eight-month deployments are no longer sustainable and that he’s got a plan to make seven-month cruises the standard. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert made the comments during an all-hands call aboard the USS Kearsarge at Naval Station Norfolk. [...]

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Ukraine parliament says 100s died in battle

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A report by Ukraine’s parliament revealed Monday that more than 300 soldiers were killed during a weeks-long battle that marked a crushing setback in the military campaign to root out pro-Russian separatist forces in the east. The report is the first official confirmation of the scale of a defeat in [...]

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Aircraft carrier Bush to begin heading home to Va.

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is set to begin heading to its homeport in Norfolk. According to the Navy, the ship was relieved in the Arabian Gulf by the carrier Carl Vinson on Saturday, Oct 18, and should soon depart for home. The USS George H.W. Bush was deployed in mid-February. [...]

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Navy to give public tours of 3 warships in Va.

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy is inviting the public to come aboard and tour three of its warships in Virginia. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided-missile destroyers USS Gravely and USS Gonzalez will be open to public viewing on Oct. 18. The tours at Naval Station Norfolk are part of Fleet Week Hampton [...]

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