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  1. Chinese Navy helicopters and 528 warship attend an international fleet review to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy in 2009 in the water off Qingdao of Shandong Province, China. China's boosted defense spending this year grew 12.2 percent to $132 billion, continuing more than two decades of nearly unbroken double-digit percentage increases that have afforded Beijing the means to potentially alter the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific. Guang Niu / AP

    China splurging on military as U.S. pulls back

    China's navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  2. An Afghan policeman prevents journalists from approaching Cure International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. The U.S. embassy in Afghanistan says three American doctors have been killed at by an Afghan security guard who opened fire at a hospital in Kabul. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

    An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  3. State Dept. says Egypt cleared for U.S. military aid

    The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  4. Hagel seeking to deepen U.S.-Mexico ties

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  5. President Barack Obama steps from Air Force One Wednesday as he arrives at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    Obama: U.S.-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands

    President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  6. Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

    President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  7. Two UH-60 Black Hawks assigned to U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade pick up 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) soldiers during an exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Germany on March 28. Spc. Glenn M. Anderson/Army

    4 Army units heading to Eastern Europe

    The U.S. military in Europe is sending four company-sized infantry units, a total of about 600 soldiers, to Eastern Europe, the latest effort to reassure NATO allies in light of Russian aggression in Ukraine, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  8. Spy vs. Spy: Former SecDef Gates talks Putin

    Before he became secretary of defense, Robert Gates spent a career at the CIA when U.S intelligence agents were pitted against the KGB.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  9. The Obama administration is reportedly considering options to leave far fewer troops in Afghanistan after this year than the top U.S. and NATO commander for Afghanistan has recommended. Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

    Report: U.S. may leave fewer troops in Afghanistan

    The Obama administration is reportedly considering options to leave far fewer troops in Afghanistan after this year than the top U.S. and NATO commander for Afghanistan has recommended.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  10. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during an April 22 meeting in Kiev, Ukraine. Andrew Kravchenko / AP

    Ukraine orders offensive as Biden presses Russia

    Ukraine's president on Tuesday ordered the country's forces to renew a military operation against pro-Russian militants in East Ukraine after the killing of two men and a shooting at a plane.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  11. This April 18, 2012, satellite image provided by GeoEye shows North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday. GeoEye / AP

    Activity at North Korea site hints at nuke test preps

    Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  12. Judge: Prosecutors must turn over info on secret CIA prisons

    Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  13. Foreign troops now eligible for Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    President Obama has signed an executive order that allows foreign troops who work with the U.S. military to be eligible for the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  14. Ships from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Republic of Korea navy are underway during a trilateral exercise on June 22, 2012. Naval officials from the U.S. and two dozen Asia-Pacific nations adopted an agreement Tuesday aimed at improving communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict amid rising friction between an increasingly assertive China and its neighbors. MC3 Kaitlyn R. Breitkreutz / Navy

    Asia-Pacific navies sign communication agreement

    Naval officials from the U.S.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  15. U.S. seeks to navigate military-civilian power blocs in Pakistan

    It has been six years since the Pakistani military gave up direct control of that nation's government. But U.S.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  16. Pakistan says it's test-fired short-range missile

    Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  17. The warships of the standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE with, from front to back, Estonian minehunter Admiral Cowen, Dutch minehunter Makkum, Norwegian minesweeper Otra and Belgian minehunter Belis set sail Tuesday from Kiel, Germany. Gero Breloer / AP

    NATO minesweepers set off on Baltic deployment

    Five NATO mine-hunting ships set off Tuesday on a deployment in the Baltic Sea, part of the alliance's efforts to strengthen its presence in Europe's ex-communist east as members there worry about Russia's intentions in Ukraine.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  18. Election posters showing Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, right, and parliamentary candidate Faleh al-Khazali are seen Monday in the southern port city of Basra. Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images

    Militants attack balloting center in Iraq, kill 10

    Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  19. Vice President Biden, left, is greeted upon arrival April 21 at Borispol airport outside Kiev, Ukraine. Sergei Chuzavkov / AP

    U.S.: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

    Russia has 'days, not weeks' to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  20. Yemeni soldiers check passing vehicles Sunday in the capital Sanaa, as authorities tightened security measures a day after a U.S. drone killed 15 al-Qaeda suspects. Mohammed Huwais / AFP via Getty Images

    Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

    Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  21. Soldiers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the U.K. and the U.S. conduct a convoy June 10 into the field-training portion of Exercise Saber Strike in Latvia. The U.S. is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. U.S. Army

    U.S. weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

    The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  22. Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

    Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead slightly increased in partial results for Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday, but he and rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai still seem to be heading for a runoff next month.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  23. Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 use a heavy roller to finish the ground work in March at Deveselu Air Base, Romania, home of the first of two European Aegis Ashore locations. Navy

    Navy's European missile sites move forward

    The military could speed up deployment of a land-based missile defense shield in Europe to hem in a resurgent Russia, the Navy 3-star in charge of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said in early April.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    As tension with Russia flares, U.S. senators meet with Marines in Baltics

    United States Marines assigned to the Black Sea Rotational Force, based at Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania, wrapped up a 10-day exercise called Summer Shield with Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian troops on April 17.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  25. Maulana Abdul Aziz, left, head cleric of a Pakistani seminary, talks to visitors in a library named after slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on Friday. B.K. Bangash / AP

    Pakistani girl's seminary names library after OBL

    Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: 'Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr.'

    • Apr. 18, 2014

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