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US 'Deeply Concerned' About Tensions in Sudan

The United States says it is "deeply concerned" about political developments in Sudan, where new laws have raised tensions between the northern-based government and semi-autonomous south. The State Department said it was responding to reports that the north's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) broke an agreement with the south's dominant SPLM party and changed the language in a key bill. The bill, setting terms for a referendum on southern independence, was passed Tuesday, despite a protest by southern lawmakers who walked out of parliament. A State Department spokesman says the NCP

Missing Governor Found Dead in Colombia

Officials in Colombia say a provincial governor who was kidnapped by suspected leftist rebels has been found dead in southern Caqueta province.   Authorities say the body, which was surrounded by explosives, was discovered Tuesday near the Caqueta's capital, Florencia, one day after Governor Luis Francisco Cuellar was abducted from his home.  The kidnappers had used explosives when raiding the governor's home, killing one police officer. Investigators believe a unit of the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was responsible. President Alvaro Uribe had ordered the mil

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 23: Joint Force Captures Kabul Criminal Group; Militants Killed, Detained in Patkya, Zabul, Nangarhar; ISAF Casualty

In an Afghan General Directorate of Special Operations-led operation this morning several known instigators of a kidnapping criminal group were detained. The Afghan force supported by ISAF forces, searched Police District 5 in Kabul City and detained the individuals who are linked to the facilitation and coordination of kidnappings in and around the city. In other operations, an Afghan-international security force in Patkya killed several militants today, including a Taliban commander responsible for several IED attacks.

US Embassy in Kabul Connects With Nuristan

The Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team and members of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul viewed potential locations in the province for a new Lincoln Center, Dec. 13. Lincoln Centers are education hubs which are a partnership between the public affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and the Afghan government. "The program is about reaching out into the community, especially younger generations, and giving them a place to go and congregate to learn about American culture, said Anne Frej, a cultural affairs specialist from the U.S.

General cites reasons for pregnancy provision in Iraq

An Army general in Iraq is going beyond the typical protocol to ensure every able-bodied Soldier in his unit stays fit to fight, even if it means punishing troops for engaging in sexual activities while deployed. Through the Multinational Division North command's General Order No. 1, Maj. Gen. Anthony A.

New life saving course offers up-to-date, realistic training

Sailors and Marines from 2nd Marine Logistics Group unveiled a new and improved way to teach combat life saving skills during the opening of their new Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Combat Life Saving Simulation Lab aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec 15, 2009.

American surgical team making a difference in southern Philippines

Five Airmen are operating a fully-equipped trauma center, providing emergency care, basic medical care and educational services to hundreds of Filipino and U.S. troops on the southern island of Jolo, Philippines. The Air Force members are part of the forward surgical team assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines. The team consists of a general surgeon, nurse anesthetist, two physician assistants specially trained in orthopedics and emergency medicine, and one operating room technician.

Defund Taxpayer Supported Science Fraud

Trofim Lysenko was Stalin’s favorite scientist because he liked his meshing of evolution and Marxism.  Comrade Lysenko “proved” that there is no such thing as a gene.  A lot of money was dumped into the “research” of this crackpot, and woe to those who declared that the emperor had no clothes.
Lysenko’s gene-free view of science led to claims that wheat plants could produce rye.  Any disagreement was labeled as “political

Murder rate declined while gun sales boomed: an 'inconvenient truth'

Anti-gunners have lost another one of their baseless arguments. Millions of Americans bought guns during the first six months of this year, many of them for the first time.

Al-Shabab Militants Divided over Tactics, Foreign Control

A rising dispute between militants in Somalia may have split the country's al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group into two factions.

Maoist-led Protests Intensify in Nepal

In Nepal, Maoists have intensified protests as a 6-month long standoff with the government shows no signs of ending. The political impasse threatens a historic peace pact which ended a violent Maoist-led insurgency, and brought them into the political mainstream 3 years ago. The three-day general strike called by Maoists this week was not what most people in Nepal had expected to witness at the start of the year.

MONUC Ready to Repel Rebel LRA Attack, Says Spokesman

A spokesman for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) says the group is ready to fend off any possible attack by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. Kevin Kennedy assured Congolese not to panic after rumors surfaced that LRA rebels are planning to attack villages ahead of the Christmas festivities. “First of all I would have to say we will caution people not to panic.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 22: Militants Killed, Detained in Kandahar, Wardak, Khowst; ISAF Casualty

An Afghan-international security force killed a few militants and detained another militant in Ghazni province Monday night. The joint force went to a series of compounds in the Andar District near the village of Zara Gerda after intelligence sources confirmed militant activities.

Troop B, 3-61 CAV Trains ANA on M-16 Rifle

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ben R. Salentine, of Colorado Springs, Colo., the platoon leader for 3rd platoon, Troop B, started the day by meeting with ANA 1st Lt.

Air Force mechanics keep MRAPs rolling

CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AFNS) -- Five Air Force vehicle maintainers deployed to Iraq and assigned to Detachment 3 of the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron here are working to keep security forces personnel on the road, but they aren't working on patrol cars. The maintainers work on more than 60 vehicles, the most challenging being the mine resistant ambush protected vehicle on which they have had no prior training. "My Airmen are not sent to technical schools to learn how to work on MRAPs.