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Ukraine’s Leader: 1-Week Cease-Fire Starts Now

Ukrainian troops will start a unilateral, seven-day cease-fire later Friday as a first step in efforts to de-escalate the conflict with pro-Russia separatists in the country’s east, the president said.

President Petro Poroshenko made the announcement while speaking with residents… Full Story


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For Biden, Iraq Crisis Offers Timely Vindication

As Iraq edges toward chaos, Joe Biden is having a quiet I-told-you-so moment.

In 2006, Biden was a senator from Delaware gearing up for a presidential campaign when he proposed that Iraq be divided into three semi-independent regions for Shiites,… Full Story


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House Panel Pushes 1.8 Percent Troop Pay Raise

A U.S. House of Representatives panel voted for a 1.8 percent troop pay raise in fiscal 2015, though the boost is far from guaranteed.

The House Appropriations Committee, headed by Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, on Tuesday passed its version of the defense spending… Full Story


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Obama Accepts Shinseki’s Resignation From VA

President Obama on Friday accepted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Obama said Shinseki offered his resignation to avoid being a “distraction” as the department works to make improvements following an ongoing scandal involving secret lists of veterans waiting to… Full Story


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Army Supporting Prayer Day Despite Protest

The Army plans to support a National Day of Prayer event closely associated with an evangelical Christian organization despite a protest from a group that wants to crack down on what it calls fundamentalist Christian domination of the U.S. military.… Full Story


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Russia: No Military Moves Planned Against Ukraine

Russia’s defense chief assured Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday that Russian forces along Ukraine’s eastern border have no intention of crossing into Ukrainian territory.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Hagel discussed Ukraine with Defense Minister… Full Story


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New Threat, different from the Cold War Era

Russia’s military maneuvers in Crimea have left U.S. analysts questioning what sort of threat the former Cold War military giant’s forces, platforms and weaponry currently present.

Russian leaders have pushed to expand the military’s conventional land, air and sea forces… Full Story


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Westboro Baptist Pastor Fred Phelps Sr. Dies at 84

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church who led outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people, has died.… Full Story


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Odierno Meets Top Chinese Generals

 

BEIJING — China and the United States share common objectives and should boost cooperation between their militaries, the U.S. Army chief said Friday at the start of meetings with top Chinese generals aimed at building trust amid rising regional… Full Story


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Convictions of Marine Base Attack Plotters Upheld

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the convictions of three members of a North Carolina terror ring who plotted to attack the U.S. Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., and targets abroad.

Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan,… Full Story