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  1. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken speaks about Russia, Ukraine as well as the Middle East conflict during a July 28 appearance at the daily press briefing at the White House. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    White House: EU, U.S. to impose new Russia sanctions

    The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, accompanied by House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., speaks during a July 28 news conference on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    VA reform bill to get vote this week

    In a dramatic legislative turnaround, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees on Monday unveiled plans for a $17 billion compromise VA reform bill that funds the hiring of more clinicians, expands private care options and makes i

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  2. U.S.: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.'

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  3. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves after speaking at a July 28 news conference at the State Department in Washington. Cliff Owen / AP

    U.S. fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over a torrent of Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  4. A satellite image purports to show a before and after close-up of artillery strikes. The United States says the images back up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border. State Department / AP

    U.S.: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  5. The frigate Taylor leaves Mayport, Fla., in January for a seven-month deployment, scheduled to be its last. Experts say the Navy will have to scramble to find ships to fill all of the missions performed by the disappearing class. MC2 Marcus L. Stanley/Navy

    Retiring frigates may leave some missions unfilled

    The Navy may be shedding all its frigates by the end of next year, but the ships are still busy and in high demand creating a dilemma for the Navy over which ships will pick up their missions.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
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    Number of military suicides showing uptick

    The number of military suicides so far this year is running slightly higher than for the same time frame last year, but without the context of force reductions, the raw data say little about current suicide trends in the armed services.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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    U.S. clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

    The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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    House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a 'sustained combat role' without congressional approval.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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    Central American leaders convening at White House

    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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    Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who has previously held up the transfer of Apache helicopters to Iraq, threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. Army

    Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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    Veterans Affairs acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies July 16 on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the state of VA health care in the wake of revelations of neglect and delayed medical visits. He is accompanied by Assistant Deputy Undersecretary For Health For Administrative Operations Philip Matkowsky. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    Documents detail VA mistreatment of vets

    In 2003, a veteran who had served in the Vietnam War entered a Veterans Affairs live-in treatment facility after trying several times to kill himself including by stabbing himself in the stomach.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  6. Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

    Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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  7. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., , speaks to reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    Sen. Sanders seeks new VA funding compromise

    A push by Veterans Affairs Department officials for billions in new funding to hire more doctors may upend congressional efforts for a wide-reaching VA reform package that appeared all but finished just a few weeks ago.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  8. World War II veteran Cpl. Elmer Mackall, a Montford Point Marine, is presented with a Congressional Gold Medal by Rachel Jones, left, and Army Capt. Azizi Wesmiller. Office of Sen. Barbara Mikulski

    Montford Point Marine awarded Congressional Gold Medal

    Cpl. Elmer Mackall of Calvert County was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony held Tuesday.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    College's recruiting practices draw congressional fire

    Senators and student veteran leaders are working to dissuade would-be college students from using GI Bill funds to enroll at WyoTech and Heald, criticizing the schools' recent recruiting actions as irresponsible and predatory.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  9. Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in D.C.

    Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  10. Happy Human symbol Wikimedia Commons

    Atheist group urges Congress to allow humanist military chaplains

    More than one in five service members do not identify with a particular religion, according to Defense Department statistics. To better serve them, an organization is working to expand the Chaplain Corps to include clergy who don't believe in a god.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    If confirmed by the Senate to be the next secretary of veterans affairs, former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald promised dramatic moves within his first 90 days on the job. Getty Images

    VA nominee: 'Change can be achieved'

    At Bob McDonald's confirmation hearing Tuesday on his nomination to become the next Veterans Affairs Secretary, Sen.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  11. A Malaysian air crash investigator on July 22 takes pictures of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    U.S.: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down of airliner

    Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for 'creating the conditions' that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Military suicides declined slightly in 2013, Pentagon says

    Suicides in the military dropped by 6 percent last year, a decline that Pentagon officials hope signals a reversal in a tragic trend but that some advocates say does not reflect the true scope of the issue in the military and veterans' community.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  12. Report: Open-air burn pits still in use in Afghanistan

    Two incinerators at a joint Afghan-U.S. airbase have been underused, needlessly exposing troops to toxic pollution generated from open-air burn pits still in operation, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has found.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  13. President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts during a July 21 ceremony at the White House. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Ryan Pitts receives Medal of Honor for Battle of Wanat

    Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts received the Medal of Honor on Monday for his heroism during the Battle of Wanat in 2008, one of deadliest clashes of the Afghanistan War.

    • Jul. 21, 2014

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