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Gay U.S. Service Members Sue for Marriage Recognition

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of U.S. service members who are legally married to same-sex partners has filed to sue the U.S. federal government to attain the same benefits and support awarded to their heterosexual co-workers. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network filed the lawsuit Thursday in the northeastern U.S. state of Massachusetts, one of six U.S. states that […]

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Panetta Praises China for Response to Taiwan Arms Sale

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has praised China for its muted reaction to the latest U.S. arms sale to Taiwan. Last month the Obama administration announced it is providing Taiwan with a multi-billion dollar arms package that includes upgrades to the island’s F-16 fighter jets. Panetta spoke with reporters on the Indonesian island of Bali […]

US Defense Secretary in Indonesia for Military Talks

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is on the resort island of Bali for talks with his Indonesian counterpart and other regional defense ministers . Officials say Panetta and Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro will discuss the two countries’ growing military relations, as well as human rights reforms in the Indonesian military. Washington cut military relations […]

US Contemplates Bigger Military Presence in Northern Australia

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Australia says it is in talks with the United States aimed at increasing the U.S. military presence in the north of the country. Defense Minister Stephen Smith said in a radio interview Thursday there are no plans for a permanent U.S. base on Australia’s north coast, which faces Indonesia. But he said the countries are […]

HRW Says Burmese Military Abusing Ethnic Civilians

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is accusing Burmese soldiers of “serious abuses” against civilians in northern Kachin state, including enslavement and murder. The Burmese military launched an offensive against the rebel Kachin Independence Army in June. Human Rights Watch says soldiers attacked and occupied numerous villages in Kachin state, confiscating residents’ property and belongings. The rights group […]

China Reveals New Military Technology

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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China’s official military media say a new, land-based, mid-range surface-to-air missile system is operational and has been delivered to an air defense unit in the northeastern city of Shenyang. The People’s Liberation Army Daily said that in a recent drill, the new SAM system successfully launched two HQ-16 missiles that hit their aerial targets. The […]

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Cain: Should Have Opposed Booing of Gay Soldier

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain admits he should have spoken out when the audience booed a gay U.S. soldier at a Republican candidates’ debate last month. The soldier was booed when he asked the candidates if they would try to get around new rules allowing gays to openly serve in the U.S. military. Cain said […]

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Veteran US Army General Becomes New Joint Chiefs Chairman

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Retiring Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, leaving his post as chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said he believes Pakistan is critical to a solution in the region. Mullen spoke at a ceremony outside Washington where his successor, U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, was sworn in as the nation’s top military officer. The […]

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Veteran US Army General Becomes New Joint Chiefs Chairman

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Retiring Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, leaving his post as chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said he believes there is no solution to the conflict in Afghanistan without Pakistan. Mullen spoke at a ceremony outside Washington where his successor, U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, was sworn in as the nation’s top military […]

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Veteran US Army General Becomes New Joint Chiefs Chairman

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey has been sworn in as the nation’s top uniformed officer. At the event outside Washington, President Barack Obama described General Dempsey as one of the military’s most battle-tested officers. The 37-year veteran replaces retiring Navy Admiral Mike Mullen as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey’s career includes two […]

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