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Marines train in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Kingdom of Cambodia — Marines from Okinawa traveled to Cambodia to refresh their skills and increase combined-joint interoperability by providing support for a U.S. Army jumpmaster course here Aug. 14-21.

Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conducted training, while providing support to soldiers with 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), during the course.

20th EBS Airmen assume continuous bomber presence in Guam

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFNS) -- More than 300 Airmen assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., arrived here recently to replace the 96th EBS in support of U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence.

The rotation of bomber aircraft is specifically designed to enhance regional security and demonstrate the U.S.'s commitment to stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

SOF Daily Update - 26 August, 2011

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed panned wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana to go forward.

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Ninth Circuit rejects another wolf hunt blockade

Ninth Circuit rejects motion to halt MT, ID wolf hunts

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco yesterday turned thumbs down on a motion from environmental groups to stop planned wolf hunts in Montana and Idaho, and in the aftermath, Washington hunters are cheering, and they are getting a quick education about what lies over their political horizon.


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Gunmen Abduct Son of Slain Pakistani Governor

Pakistani authorities have launched a major operation to find the abducted son of a Pakistani governor assassinated earlier this year for opposing the country's controversial blasphemy law.

Witnesses say Shahbaz Taseer was abducted in Lahore's upscale Gulberg area early Friday, when kidnappers intercepted his car and took him away in their vehicle.

No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but relatives say the Taseer family has been receiving threats from extremist groups.

Deadly Car Bomb Targets UN in Nigerian Capital

A car bombing in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, has leveled part of a U.N. building and killed at least 18 people.

Witnesses say the explosion occurred late Friday morning when a car rammed through two gates and into the U.N. compound.

Former VOA employee Josephine Kamara dropped her husband off for work at the U.N. building shortly before the blast. She described the scene in an interview with VOA.

Death Toll Rises in Mexico Casino Fire

The death toll from Thursday's arson attack on a casino in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey now stands at more than 50 people.

Nuevo Leon Governor Rodrigo Medina told the Televisa network that 53 people were killed in the attack on the Casino Royale. Monterrey is the capital city of Nuevo Leon.

Witnesses say several gunmen burst into the casino and doused the premises with gasoline before setting it on fire. Many of the victims were found inside the casino's bathrooms, where they fled to escape the gunmen.

NATO Hits Bunker in Libyan Leader's Hometown

NATO warplanes have pounded a large bunker in Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's hometown, Sirte, as opposition fighters moved toward the coastal city for a battle with pro-Gadhafi forces.

Britain said Friday that its warplanes fired precision-guided missiles at the Sirte bunker complex overnight. British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said NATO was not specifically targeting Gadhafi and that the airstrikes were designed to make sure he and his forces could no longer "continue waging war."