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  • Same-sex marriage, immigration, and Constitution: Letters

    Same-sex marriage I commend the Orlando Sentinel for its editorial urging positive rulings in the pending lawsuits seeking to overturn Florida's laws banning same-sex marriage ("Past time to end state's same-sex marriage ban," Sunday). As a gay...
  • Boats meant for Afghan police sit idle in Yorktown

    Boats meant for Afghan police sit idle in Yorktown
    YORK — Eight boats purchased with more than $3 million meant for reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan have been sitting unused at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown for more than three years. An inquiry from the federal Office of the Special...
  • Who and where were Bowe Bergdahl's captors? And why?

    The armed Taliban fighters who captured Bowe Bergdahl in southeastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, quickly handed him to a far more dangerous group that shuttled him between hide-outs in Pakistan's rugged tribal belt for the next five years. For much...
  • Judge stands firm on order to release information to alleged USS Cole plotter's lawyers

    A military judge isn't backing down from his order to the U.S. government to provide defense lawyers with details of the accused USS Cole bomber's odyssey through the CIA's secret prisons, but he may let prosecutors shield identities of some agents,...
  • Syrian airstrikes on ISIS mark new strategy in civil war

    ISTANBUL After taking a hands-off approach toward the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria for several months, the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has reversed course and launched air attacks against the Sunni Muslim extremist group inside both...
  • Deputies were trouble for Castros 25 years ago

    MIAMI Fidel Castro was so afraid of a revolt in Cuba's most elite paramilitary unit that he ordered his motorcade to avoid driving past its base, his top bodyguard at the time says. Raul Castro was so depressed he was going on drunken benders and...
  • Russian bombers, advisers arrive in Iraq to aid in fight against ISIS

    IRBIL, Iraq The battle for Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit stretched into a third day Sunday with both the Iraqi government and Islamist insurgents reporting heavy loss, as five jet fighters Iraq purchased from Russia arrived. The head of Iraq's...
  • Obama rules out sending ground troops to Iraq

    As Islamic militants pushed closer to Baghdad, President Obama on Friday ruled out sending American ground troops into Iraq or engaging in any long-term military campaign, saying, "We're not going to allow ourselves to be dragged back in." Obama said he...
  • Obama asks Congress for $500 million to train Syria rebels

    President Obama on Thursday asked Congress for the first time to approve direct U.S. military training for Syrian rebels, but he remains deeply ambivalent about intervening in a deadly conflict that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq, U.S. officials...
  • Will Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl be the Democrats' albatross?

    Will Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl be the Democrats' albatross?
    The controversy over the trade of five Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl continues to grow with allegations that President Barack Obama violated federal law and paid too high a price for the release. However, the biggest problem for the...
  • What went wrong in Iraq

    What went wrong in Iraq
    When the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003, Americans were told it would be a quick, simple project. When asked how long the war might last, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said airily, "Six days, six weeks, I doubt six months." So what's the...