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Hurricane Hunters fly first winter storm

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) -- Members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron here have been tasked by National Weather Service officials to fly their first winter storm of the season on the East Coast starting Dec.

Don't bring a gun to a snowball fight - "So, only cops should have guns, eh?"

Don't bring a gun to a snowball fight. Maybe some cops should not have guns, eh? (Question: What would happen to a private citizen who pulled a gun in this kind of situation?)

North Korea Threatens to Open Fire in Disputed Sea Area

North Korea has warned South Korean military and fishing boats to stay clear of a disputed maritime area, or risk being fired on. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency Monday said the move is a response to what the North calls "frequent intrusions by warmongers in the South Korean military." North Korea has refused for decades to accept a maritime border known as the Northern Limit Line, mandated by the United Nations after a 1953 armistice halted fighting in the Korean War.  North and South Korea fought two deadly naval battles in the area in 1999 and 2002, and the South badly

Madagascar Political Crisis Deepens

The head of Madagascar's transitional authority, Andry Rajoelina, announced a decree Sunday naming retired army Colonel Albert Camille Vital as prime minister. On Friday, Rajoelina dismissed Prime Minister Eugene Mangalaza who had been named two months ago as part of a power-sharing agreement with three opposition groups. He indicated he was withdrawing from the agreement and announced parliamentary elections would be held in March.  The new parliament would choose a prime minister and draft a new constitution. Rajoelina did not mention presidential elections.  Under the current const

Dutch Seek Explanation over Chavez Remarks

The Dutch government says it has asked Venezuela's ambassador to clarify remarks by President Hugo Chavez accusing the Netherlands of planning aggression against Venezuela. The comment Friday comes one day after President Chavez said the Netherlands was allowing the United States to use Dutch islands off Venezuela's Caribbean coast for a possible military attack against his country. The Venezuelan leader provided no evidence to support his allegations, and State Department spokesman Ian Kelly Thursday told the Associated Press the allegations were "baseless." The United States has lon

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 21: Militants Killed in Wardak, Detained in Helmand; Soldiers Complete Mine Training

An Afghan-international security force killed a couple of militants in Wardak province today while pursuing a small group of Taliban. The joint security force searched a compound near the village of Andar in the Nerkh District after intelligence sources determined the location of militant activities. During the operation the security force came under fire, returned fire and killed the militants. In another operation today, a joint force detained a small group of militants, including a Taliban weapons facilitator, in Helmand province.

ERB arrests suspected terrorist recruiter, VBIED facilitator

Constables of an Emergency Response Battalion, partnered with U.S. forces, arrested Ali Hussein Hassan Farhat in northern Iraq, Dec.

Securing the Border 24/7: U.S. Soldiers, ABP Combine Efforts at Afghan COP in Khost

On a rugged mountaintop bordering Pakistan, three kilometers from Northern Waziristan, sits Afghan Combat Outpost Chergotah in Khost province, Afghanistan. Here, U.S.

Navy Bids Farewell to USNS San Jose, Combat Stores Ships

Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7) marked the close of 39 years of service to the Navy fleet in a shipboard ceremony Dec. 18 in Pearl Harbor. The event paid tribute to the ship and the hundreds of sailors and civil service mariners who have served as its crew over the past three decades, ensuring that San Jose played its part in keeping the U.S.

Maneuver Battle Lab tests new mortar system

The Army wants to decrease the weight Soldiers carry on missions, and Fort Benning's Maneuver Battle Lab is part of the effort. Last week, 10 Soldiers evaluated a lightweight base plate being developed for the M224 Lightweight Company Mortar System during a series of live-fire, static and movement exercises at McKenna Urban Operations Complex, Fergusson and Buckner ranges. The current M8 base plate limits the direction and distance a mortar can be fired, said Rusty Schulten, a project officer for MBL's Soldier Team, and Soldiers still have to carry the M7 base plate - weighing more than

Cambodia Tribunal Charges Former Khmer Rouge Head of State With Genocide

Cambodia's U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal has charged the Khmer Rouge's former head of state with genocide, the third such charge this week against a former leader of the brutal regime. A court spokesman says Khieu Samphan was brought before investigating judges of the U.N.-assisted tribunal Friday and charged. On Wednesday, the tribunal charged two other defendants with genocide for the first time: Nuon Chea, the group's top ideologist and former foreign minister Ieng Sary. All three have been charged with involvement in the deaths of members of the country's ethnic Cham and Vietnam

Obama: US Close to New Arms Deal with Russia

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and Russia are 'quite close' to agreeing on a new arms control treaty. Mr. Obama discussed the issue with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in a private meeting Friday while both were attending the Copenhagen climate conference. Mr. Medvedev said some work is still needed on the technical details. Delegates from both countries have also been holding negotiations on the treaty in Geneva, Switzerland. U.S.

As Year Closes, Sudan Peace Deal Faces Final Test

In early December, crowds gathered outside the police station in Khartoum to protest the detention of senior Southern party officials. The South's ruling party, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, had organized a political rally with Northern opposition groups.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 18: ISAF Assesses Claims of Civilian Casualties; Operational Update

ISAF is sending a team who will assess, with Afghan officials, reports of civilian casualties as a result of an ISAF operation in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar yesterday. Initial operational reports indicate that men were emplacing an IED next to the road.