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Fort Bragg soldiers killed in Iraq return to the US

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:37
Sgt. Allen Stigler and Sgt. Roshain Brooks are back home. The two soldiers, killed in Iraq on Aug. 13, arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Tuesday, where officials conducted a dignified transfer of the remains.

Las Ramblas: A top Barcelona site for tourists to stroll

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:31
The lengthy Las Ramblas promenade where a van plowed into pedestrians Thursday is a tree-lined walkway that starts in a huge plaza and ends near Barcelona's harbor. It's filled with cafes, restaurants, stalls selling everything from souvenirs to flowers, the city's famed opera house and a baroque palace.

US college teams in Barcelona during van attack, players OK

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:29
Men's basketball teams from several U.S. universities, including Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona, were in Barcelona, Spain, when a van drove into pedestrians Thursday in a historic district popular with tourists but school officials said the players and staff were safe.

China, India are dangerously close to military conflict in the Himalayas

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:17
As nuclear posturing between North Korea and the United States rivets the world, a quieter conflict between India and China is playing out on a remote Himalayan ridge — with stakes just as high.

Army colonel suspended from command of unit after DWI arrest

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:14
Col. Shana Peck has been temporarily suspended from command of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss after she was arrested in southern New Mexico and accused of driving while under the influence.

Marine accused of shooting man in stomach with shotgun

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:09
Conflicting statements lead to a New River Air Station Marine being charged nearly eight months after a shooting, authorities say.

2 US lawmakers from NY want West Point to rename Lee Barracks

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:51
West Point is where Robert E. Lee learned to be a soldier and later served as superintendent before resigning from the U.S. Army to lead Confederate troops during the Civil War. It's also where a cadet barracks is named after him.

Marine family has moving truck stolen

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:30
It was late when Sgt. Rafael Aldama and his family arrived at their new apartment, so they decided to lock the truck they had rented and unpack the next day. But the next morning the truck — and all their belongings — was gone.

One held after attacker drives van into crowd on Barcelona promenade, killing 13, wounding over 50

The Japan Times - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:27
A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to ...

Mattis: Camp David meeting will move Trump toward Afghanistan war decision

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:07
National Security Council leaders will present President Donald Trump with detailed options to adjust the nation’s policy for South Asia and the war in Afghanistan when they meet Friday at Camp David, according to U.S. officials.

Tillerson, Mattis insist military options remain for North Korea

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:49
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed after security talks with Japan that the U.S. seeks a peaceful solution to the standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. But he said a U.S.-led campaign of economic pressure and diplomacy needs to be backed by potential military consequences.

Confederate monuments to stay at Gettysburg battlefield

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:29
Officials with the National Park Service said the Confederate monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania will not be removed from the battlefield.

Some major attacks in Europe in recent years

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:03
The deadly Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people and wounded dozens of others Thursday is the latest attack in Europe in recent years.

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:10
It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence.

Child abuse cases top 120,000 in Japan in FY 2016

Japan News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:18
Japan saw the number of child abuse cases exceed 120,000 in fiscal 2016 to hit a new record for the 26th straight year, the welfare ministry said Thursday. (Jiji)

Hokkaido wild marijuana removal efforts can't keep up with rate of growth

Japan News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:16
The northernmost island prefecture of Hokkaido is awash with wild cannabis plants. A relic from the once widespread hemp industry that was nearly wiped out following World War II, these plants are currently forbidden to touch unless by an authorized removal team. (rocketnews24.com)

Extinct Japanese river otter may still survive

Japan News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:09
Japanese researchers say an extinct variety of otter formerly widespread across the country may still survive in southwestern Japan. The Japanese river otter was officially declared extinct in 2012. (NHK)

Japan to introduce new missile defense system

Japan News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:08
Japan's Defense Ministry has decided to consider introducing a new US-made missile defense system known as "Aegis Ashore" in light of progress in North Korea's missile development. (NHK)

US, Japanese troops team up for first-ever Northern Viper exercise

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:21
Marine Corps light-armored vehicles and Japanese tanks rolled across the island of Hokkaido Wednesday during drills designed to hone the allies’ ability to fight side by side in wartime.