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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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Ukraine Plans to Pull Military Out of Crimea

Ukraine’s fledgling government in Kiev announced plans to pull all 25,000 of its military personnel out of Crimea, effectively ceding the peninsula to Russia.

Russian troops and militia backers seized Ukraine’s navy headquarters in Crimea Wednesday as the U.S. and… Full Story


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Afghanistan veteran William Kyle Carpenter to receive Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama will award medically retired Marine Lance Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter the Medal of Honor later this year in recognition of Carpenter’s heroic actions during a November 2010 grenade attack in Afghanistan, according to a Marine Corps… Full Story


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Black Sea port in Ukraine still key to Russia’s naval interests

Russia’s incursion into the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine has drawn attention to its naval base in Sevastopol and its Black Sea Fleet, a modest force of aging ships that military analysts say Russia is trying to modernize.

Over the… Full Story


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Ukraine Says Russia Tries to Seize Airports, Base

Ukraine accused Russia of a “military invasion and occupation” on Friday, saying Russian troops have taken up positions around a coast guard base and two airports on its strategic Crimea peninsula.

Russia kept silent on those accusations but confirmed that… Full Story


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Ukraine President Announces Early Election

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday announced early presidential elections and promised to bring opposition members into the government in a bid to defuse a deep crisis in which scores have been killed and hundreds injured.

He gave no time… Full Story


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Syria Misses Interim Chemical Weapons Deadline

AMSTERDAM – Syria’s government has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical weapons stockpile but still says it will meet a final deadline of June 30.

Under a timetable set up by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,… Full Story


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Hagel Says ‘Something is Wrong’ with Nuke Force

WASHINGTON – Vowing to look hard at problems inside the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday it’s clear “something is wrong” and he is determined to restore public confidence in the nuclear force.

Hagel told… Full Story