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Tillerson tightens limits on filling State Department jobs

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 8 hours 9 min ago
Rex Tillerson is clamping down further on hiring as part of his push to overhaul the State Department, in a move likely to exacerbate concerns that a large number of unfilled jobs is diminishing his agency's role in shaping foreign policy.

A look at key moments on the road to Mosul

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 8 hours 14 min ago
The Islamic State group's hold on Mosul has shrunk to just about one square mile. After more than eight months of some of the most intense fighting against the militants, Iraq's Prime Minister has pledged that victory is near. Here's a look at some of the key events in the fight against ISIS in Iraq.

Iraqis fight house to house for costly victory in Mosul

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 8 hours 24 min ago
Gunfire echoes through the pockmarked streets as Maj. Ihab Jalil al-Aboudi's soldiers fight block by block for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, occasionally pausing to help terrified families flee to safety across the rubble.

Army partners with A&M students to help Texas colonias

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 8 hours 26 min ago
The military presence was a product of the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training, a training program for active, guard and reserve service members.

Mattis: No additional Syria chemical weapons activity seen

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 8 hours 26 min ago
The U.S. has seen no additional activity to indicate a chemical attack is imminent in Syria since the White House threatened President Bashar Assad with retaliation if any further steps were taken, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

Guantanamo prosecutor: 'No comment' on whether he’ll pursue Hambali death-penalty case

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 8 hours 36 min ago
The Pentagon’s chief prosecutor refused to acknowledge that his office had sworn out war crimes charges against Hambali, four days after the Miami Herald disclosed the case against the alleged architect of two al-Qaida affiliate bombings in southeast Asia that killed more than 200 people.

How a 91-year-old imam came to symbolize feud between Qatar and its neighbors

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 8 hours 45 min ago
The Qatar-based cleric and TV star has never been charged in a terrorist attack, but he was labeled a terrorist earlier this month in a formal declaration by Saudi Arabia and three of its allies. Since then, Gulf Arabs have banned Qaradawi's books, blocked his broadcasts and even sought to remove his name from public buildings.

Saudis shrug off arms sale freeze, convinced Qatar will bend

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 8 hours 52 min ago
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir has a plan for U.S.-Saudi relations if Qatar does not give into the other Gulf states' strong demands: Hope that Qatar gives in anyway.

NATO set for defense spending increases as Trump seeks even more

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 11 hours 31 min ago
NATO allies are expected to boost defense spending in 2017 by 4.3 percent, marking the third consecutive year expenditures will rise for an alliance under pressure from the Trump administration to invest even more in their militaries.

Student loan defaults increasing at record speed in Japan

Japan News - 12 hours 20 min ago
As the cost of obtaining a college degree has skyrocketed over the years, millions of Japanese are facing potential financial crisis for pursuing post-secondary education. (japansubculture.com)

US committed to Europe force extension through 2020, Mattis says

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 12 hours 25 min ago
The United States will extend its forward presence of forces in eastern Europe through 2020, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday, continuing a commitment to the Continent’s security that was declared 70 years ago this month.

Tokyo cops arrest man who posted death threat on blog of Kamen Joshi member

Japan News - 12 hours 25 min ago
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday revealed that a 32-year-old man has been arrested for posting a death threat on the blog of one of the most popular members of idol group Kamen Joshi (Masked Girls), reports the Asahi Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)

Kanagawa cops: Teacher at disabled institution engaged in sex acts with pupil

Japan News - 12 hours 28 min ago
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a male employee at an institution for the disabled for allegedly engaging in illicit acts with a female pupil, who was 13 at the time, in Hiratsuka City last month, reports Nikkan Sports (tokyoreporter.com)

Line ID links teacher to molestation of woman, 19, in Fussa

Japan News - 12 hours 29 min ago
Tokyo Metropolitan Police used data from a social media application in apprehending a male teacher alleged in the molestation of a woman in Fussa City earlier this month, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

Japan's drive for yen as international currency faces stiff competition from China

Japan News - 12 hours 31 min ago
The yen may face a test of confidence as Tokyo aims to boost the currency’s presence abroad at a time when China has been eclipsing Japan’s clout on the world stage. (Japan Times)

Summit between US, South Korean presidents a chance to ‘open the aperture’

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 12 hours 41 min ago
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump will meet for the first time at a summit Thursday in Washington. The novice leaders face potential disagreements over issues such as North Korea policy, trade and the stalled deployment of a U.S. anti-missile battery.

Black Jack combat brigade takes over on the Korean Peninsula

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 13 hours 23 sec ago
A new combat brigade took point on the heavily militarized Korean Peninsula on Wednesday.

Shiloh sailor who spurred 3-day search released from confinement

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 13 hours 14 min ago
A USS Shiloh sailor who was presumed lost at sea only to be found a week later in the ship’s engine room has been freed from the brig while awaiting court-martial.

Despaigne homer lifts Hawks past Fighters

The Japan Times - 14 hours 23 min ago
Alfredo Despaigne hit a tie-breaking, eighth-inning home run, the fourth of the game for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in a 6-5 win over the Hokkaido ...

Cerezo, Tokyo gain upper hand in J. League Cup playoffs

The Japan Times - 14 hours 41 min ago
Cerezo Osaka and FC Tokyo each took a step toward the last eight of the J. League Cup on Wednesday after winning the first leg ...