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  • U.S. aims to fund alternative to Russian rocket engine in 2016

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government hopes to add funding to its 2016 budget for alternatives to Russian-made rocket engines to launch sensitive satellites, a key Pentagon official said Wednesday. Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall, the Pentagon'...
  • Bergdahl swap illegal, top congressional lawyer says

    WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acted illegally in May when he authorized the release of five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl because he'd failed to provide lawmakers adequate notice of the exchange, the main investigative arm of...
  • Officials: US knew 3 days before Mosul fell that Islamic State was moving forces

    WASHINGTON The Obama administration knew an attack was in the works three days in advance of the Islamic State's offensive in northern Iraq, but U.S. efforts to mount a response were hampered by the Iraqi government's insistence that it could handle the...
  • Killing of U.S. major general in Afghanistan revives worries about safety of trainers

    WASHINGTON An American major general was fatally gunned down by an Afghan soldier Tuesday at a Kabul military academy, becoming the highest-ranking U.S. officer killed in combat overseas since the Vietnam War and renewing fears about the ability of U.S....
  • New trial ordered for soldier who says anti-smoking drug drove him to kill

    WASHINGTON The nation's highest military appeals court on Wednesday ordered a new trial for a soldier who killed a Fresno, Calif., native in a sudden rage allegedly induced by the anti-smoking drug Chantix. In a unanimous decision, the five-member U.S....
  • Lost in Afghanistan: US can't track weapons it sends

    WASHINGTON The Pentagon has shipped Afghan security forces tens of thousands of excessive AK-47 assault rifles and other weapons since 2004 and many have gone missing, raising concerns that they've fallen into the hands of Taliban or other insurgents....
  • From Syria to Ukraine, crises fill the Obama-NATO agenda

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama heads to Europe next week, looking to assure nervous allies of the United States' commitment to the region, as NATO prepares to beef up forces amid fears that Russia will step up its provocations beyond Ukraine. Obama...
  • Obama, Europe's leaders hit Russia with stiff sanctions

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama and European leaders on Tuesday slapped their toughest sanctions yet on Russia's energy, arms and finance sectors to protests Russian involvement in Ukraine. But the measures stopped short of steps that might inflict...
  • Israeli strikes intensify; 16 killed at U.N. school-shelter in Gaza

    Israeli strikes intensify; 16 killed at U.N. school-shelter in Gaza
    Most residents were asleep when the strikes started Wednesday at a United Nations school sheltering 3,300 Palestinians displaced by the war between Israel and the militant group Hamas. Two shells slammed into classrooms packed with women and children,...
  • Israeli leader says cross-border tunnels must be destroyed

    Israeli leader says cross-border tunnels must be destroyed
    Amid mounting international concern over civilian casualties and demands for an immediate cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Thursday that he would accept no truce that would prevent Israel from demolishing the cross-border...
  • Investigators collecting remains, evidence from MH-17 crash site

    International investigators on Friday collected decomposing remains and belongings of victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster after finally getting access to the eastern Ukraine crash site, Dutch officials reported. "We hope that the start...