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  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a globe presented to him as a gift during his Aug. 29 meeting with participants in the youth educational forum at the Seliger youth camp near Lake Seliger, Russia. Mikhail Klimentyev / AP

    Putin to Ukraine: Begin immediate talks on east

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
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    Members of MARSOC attend the Advanced Sniper Training Course near Jacksboro, Texas. A recent Marine administrative message calls for reservists to consider joining Marine Corps Special Operations Command. Vance Jacobs/Marine Corps

    MARSOC offers operator spots to reservists

    Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command put out a call for enlisted reservists to join the ranks of critical skills operators.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  2. A U.S. Air Force plane carrying weapons and equipment arrives at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday. The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from neighboring Syria's civil war. Bilal Hussein/The Associated Press

    Obama seeking allies for fight against extremists

    President Obama's acknowledgment the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  3. Visitors explore Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. All current troops get a free annual pass to the national parks, so it may be worth a longer drive to a spectacular spot. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Here are some last-minute Labor Day staycations

    The end of summer draws near sigh but it's not over yet!

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  4. Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, U.S.

    The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  5. California lawmakers vote to protect in-state tuition for veterans

    California lawmakers have approved legislation to offer in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  6. Clash kills 4 Yemeni troops, 13 suspected militants

    Clashes in Yemen between the army and al-Qaida's local branch there killed at least 13 suspected militants and four troops Saturday, military officials said.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
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    Maj. Jason Brezler, shown as a captain during a 2009 deployment to Afghanistan, is facing discharge from the Corps for sending classified information by email. An attorney representing Brezler said the Marine Corps inspector general wrote false statements about the Reserve officer when emailing top Corps officials. Cpl. Albert F. Hunt/Marine Corps

    Lawyer: IG made false statements about Marine who warned of insider attack

    The lawyer for an officer facing discharge for negligently conveying classified information in an email which he admitted doing as an urgent warning of an imminent war-zone threat alleges 'false statements' and 'mischaracterizations' were included in

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  7. Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was declared dead Dec. 14 after being found unresponsive in a vehicle. Screenshot

    More charges in sailor's death in Germany

    A soldier will stand trial Oct. 14 on charges he made a false official statement and helped conceal a crime in the December death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
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    In this July 14, 1969, file photo, banners of appreciation from the Vietnamese decorate the dock at Danang, Vietnam, where a farewell ceremony was held by the Vietnamese Government for departing Marines of the 1st Battalion/9th Regiment. The Marine Corps is holding a deactivation ceremony on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, for the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, a battalion nicknamed the 'Walking Dead.' The Associated Press

    'Walking Dead' Marine battalion to be deactivated

    Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the 'Walking Dead.'

    • Aug. 29, 2014
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    John A. Walker Jr., right, in chains, is escorted by a U.S. Marshal as he returns to the Montgomery County Detention Center on Aug. 15, 1985, in Rockville, Md., after a pretrial hearing in Baltimore. Ron Edmonds/The Associated Press

    John Walker, a former sailor who spied for the Soviets, dies in prison

    A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
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    This undated file photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati. AP

    Vigil marks Marine vet's 3rd year of imprisonment in Iran

    Rep. Dan Kildee has joined a Bay City vigil marking the third anniversary of the Iranian imprisonment of a Marine Corps veteran.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  8. French volunteers, supporters of pro-Russian rebels, walk along destroyed Ukrainian military machines at the Lenin square in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Thursday. Mstislav Chernov/The Associated Press

    Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  9. Company touts improvements to POV moving

    The logjam that's caused delays in getting troops' cars to and from overseas is starting to clear, said an official with the new contractor.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  10. Expert: Move pain management into 21st century

    Contrary to a popular military tenet, pain is not weakness leaving the body.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
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    Maj. Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage that killed 13 and left 30 wounded. AP

    Fort Hood shooter asks to be 'citizen' of Islamic State

    The man convicted in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009 that left 13 dead is asking to become a 'citizen' of the Islamic State in a letter to the militant group's leader.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  11. Ask the Lawyer: Yes, sex with a minor is a crime

    A. When a service member has a sexual relationship with a child over age 12 but under age 16, the back story of the romance is largely irrelevant.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  12. A Lebanese army soldier inspects a rifle at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from neighboring Syria's civil war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) Bilal Hussein / AP

    U.S. delivers military aid to Lebanese army

    The United States has delivered its first emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon, officials said Friday, to help bolster military forces as part of a broader regional response to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  13. President Obama speaks about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28 at the White House. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    Obama calls on other nations to fight Islamic State

    President Obama on Thursday shunted aside speculation that he will soon expand the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic extremists into Syria, saying the military mission for now will remain focused on Iraq.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  14. Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF chief: Pratt close to developing F-35 engine fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  15. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greets Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of Joint Special Operations Command, on April 23. Votel assumed command of U.S. Special Operations Command during an Aug. 28 ceremony in Tampa, Fla. Carl Woog / Defense Department

    Votel takes helm of Special Operations Command

    Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  16. Troy Kastigar, left, and Douglas McAuthur McCain. Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff's Office / AP

    High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

    The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist causes.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  17. An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 25 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    U.S. warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq

    U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the militants' capability.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  18. An image taken from a video uploaded on social networks on Aug. 28 shows men in underwear being marched barefoot along a desert road before being allegedly executed by Islamic State (IS) militants at an undisclosed location in Syria's Raqa Province. AFP

    Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  19. United States U.N. Representative Samantha Power speaks at an Aug. 28 United Nations Security Council meeting about the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian . Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    U.N. Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    Alarmed members of the U.N. Security Council demanded Thursday that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the Ukraine crisis, while the U.S. ambassador accused Moscow of having 'outright lied.'

    • Aug. 28, 2014

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