Russia enters ex-Islamic State stronghold for first time in Syria after US withdraws

Russia’s military reported on Monday that it had for the first time entered a former stronghold of the extremist group Islamic State in northern Syria following a withdrawal of US forces.

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Saudi crown prince calls Trump, offers condolences over base shooting

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called US President Donald Trump to express his condolences and offer cooperation for an investigation into the shooting at a naval base in Florida, the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.

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Aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy christened at Newport News Shipbuilding
With the crash of a bottle against its hull, the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy was christened Saturday at Newport News Shipbuilding. Caroline Kennedy, the late president’s daughter, did the honors as ship’s sponsor. It marked the second time she christened an aircraft carrier in her father’s name. The... Read more
Military to increase base security measures in wake of deadly attacks

Security measures at U.S. military bases will be increased in the wake of the deadly shootings at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

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Esper: “We were never discussing” sending 14,000 troops to the Middle East
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon will not send 14,000 new U.S. troops to the Middle East, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday, a day after a senior Defense Department official told lawmakers that more military forces could deploy to the region to counter Iran. “As the Department... Read more
North Korea says it performed a nuclear test at plant that was supposed to be dismantled
Kim Gamel Stars and Stripes North Korea said Sunday that it successfully conducted a “very important test” at a long-range rocket launch site, which had previously been partially dismantled as part of nuclear talks with the United States. The brief statement, which provided few details, came a day after... Read more
Ex-Nazi death squad member loses last Canadian citizenship appeal
Canada’s highest court refused to hear the appeal of an ex-Nazi death squad interpreter who had fought the federal government for a quarter of a century to keep his Canadian citizenship, in a decision reached on Thursday. The ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada clears the last hurdle... Read more
CIA reveals the identity of a 4th spy who betrayed America during Cold War
The historians of the Central Intelligence agency have identified a fourth man who betrayed the United States at the tail end of World War II, passing on atomic secrets to the Communists in the Soviet Union. American electrical engineer Oscar Seborer now joins David Greenglass, Klaus Fuchs and Theodore... Read more
Head of Japan aid agency returned home after he was executed in Afghanistan
The body of Tetsu Nakamura, a prominent physician from Japan who was killed in an attack in Afghanistan, has been handed over to the Japanese embassy in Kabul. Many Afghans have called on the government to provide Nakamura a state funeral and asked that the government start awarding an... Read more
How the holiday drink “Eggnog” once sparked a military riot
With Thanksgiving behind us, time to pour a tall glass of eggnog. Divisive in some families, eggnog is a popular holiday drink made from cream or milk and eggs, sometimes mixed with alcohol. In fact, the first eggnog recipes included alcohol, said Fred Opie, a history and foodways professor... Read more
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