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The real revolution in North Korea is rise of consumer culture

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:59
Kim Jong Un's acceptance of a more consumer-friendly economy is meant to foster economic growth and bring profits into the regime's coffers. But like his pursuit of nuclear weapons, it's a risky business.

VA won't remove Confederate statue from Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:51
A statue of a Confederate soldier at the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery on the Hilltop, a federally owned site on the National Register of Historic Places where about 2,200 Confederate soldiers are buried, received support from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Four injured after Japanese military helicopter flips over at Iwakuni

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:34
The extent of the damage and cause of the accident is under the investigation, he added. Japanese TV news reports showed images of the helicopter lying on its side with its rotor damaged and debris scattered around the aircraft

Search area expands for missing soldiers involved in Black Hawk crash off Hawaii

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:00
Though debris was found from the UH-60 Black Hawk, there has been no sign of the two pilots and three crewmembers who were aboard when controllers lost radio contact with it about 10 p.m. The missing soldiers are from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade based at Wheeler Army Airfield.

Navy awards contract for future Marine base on Guam

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:35
The announcement came amid heightened tensions between North Korea and the U.S. just days after the North considered a preemptive missile strike on the strategically important U.S. territory of Guam.

Bannon may be out of mainstream but ‘maniacal’ focus on economic war with China may bend Trump’s ear

The Japan Times - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:02
White House adviser Steve Bannon isn’t alone in pondering America’s possibly generation-defining question about China’s emerging superpower status — but his call for an “economic ...

Vice Media’s immersive Charlottesville white supremacist report gets traction

The Japan Times - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:47
For all the words flowing since last weekend in Charlottesville, the most striking television reporting has been Vice Media’s insider account of the white nationalist ...

5 treated after Marine plane loses pressure in flight

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:38
Authorities say a C-130J from the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron was carrying 46 passengers when it lost pressure Tuesday morning after taking off from the Marine Corps air station in Miramar.

Islamic State takes credit as Spain searches for van driver who mowed down Barcelona crowd

The Japan Times - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:22
A manhunt was underway for the driver of a van that mowed through crowds of tourists on Barcelona’s most famous avenue on Thursday, killing at ...

Under fire from GOP, Trump digs in on Confederate icons

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:04
Out of sight, but still online, Trump tweeted his defense of monuments to Confederate icons — bemoaning rising efforts to remove them as an attack on America's "history and culture."

Skipper to be relieved of command, sailors face punishment over U.S. warship collision off Japan

The Japan Times - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:46
The skipper, executive officer and master chief petty officer of the USS Fitzgerald will be relieved of duty over the destroyer’s collision with a freighter ...

Confederate leaders' descendants want monuments pulled down

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:27
Criticism of Confederate monuments has been intensifying since Saturday, when a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent after white nationalists opposed to the city's plan to remove a statue of Lee clashed with counter protesters.

Trump’s attacks on GOP lawmakers could leave him friendless if impeachment comes

The Japan Times - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:26
President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Republican senators, an approach he may regret if he is someday impeached and the Senate has ...

Filmmaker Michael Moore takes to Broadway, says Trump will ‘get us all killed’

The Japan Times - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:54
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is trading screen time for the stage in a one-man show now on Broadway that is a call to action over ...

US helping clear 'historic' amount of explosives in Mosul

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:21
On Thursday, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by Islamic State militants.

Record 322,581 suggestions received for naming Ueno Zoo’s panda cub

The Japan Times - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:11
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday it has received a record 322,581 suggestions from the public for the name of the female giant panda cub ...

Navy relieves senior Fitzgerald leaders after ‘avoidable’ deadly collision

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:36
Adm. Bill Moran, the vice chief of Naval operations, said leadership aboard the guided-missile destroyer was at least partially at fault in the middle-of-the night collision that left seven sailors dead.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Barcelona van attack that killed 13

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:57
Victims were left sprawled in the street, spattered with blood or crippled by broken limbs. Others fled in panic, screaming or carrying young children in their arms. Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously, in what authorities called a terror attack.

Why is Trump tweeting about a WWI general?

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:55
President Donald Trump is being criticized once again for lauding the alleged tactics of Gen. John Pershing in dealing with Islamic extremists in the Philippines at the turn of the last century.

Deal reached in lawsuit over harsh CIA interrogations

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:45
A settlement was announced Thursday in a landmark lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against two psychologists involved in designing the CIA's harsh interrogation program used in the war on terror.