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  1. Filipino activists stage a rally Oct. 18 near the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay free port after the killing transgender Jennifer Laude. Aaron Favila / AP

    Amid murder case, Philippines says U.S. pact stays

    A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is 'imperfect' but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  2. A handout photograph made available Oct. 30 by the British Ministry of Defence showing A Russian Bear bomber photographed from an intercepting British Royal Air Force Typhoon in international airspace off the coast of Britain on Oct. 29. Sac Robyn Stewart / British Ministry Of Defence

    NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border

    NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  3. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Chuck Hagel. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Pentagon defends decision to isolate troops

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended the Pentagon's decision to isolate troops for 21 days after they return from Ebola duty in West Africa.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
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    Virginians to vote on tax exemption proposal for spouses of troops killed in action

    Virginians were being asked to decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  4. Norway to send training troops to Iraq

    Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  5. Pair convicted in secret $1.6M Navy silencer deal

    A senior Navy intelligence official and a California race-car mechanic were convicted in federal court for their roles in pushing through a secret Navy contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers for an unspecified, classified program.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  6. Troops' sleep problem may be new disorder

    A 39-year-old soldier arrived at the sleep clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center with symptoms not uncommon in combat soldiers: nightmares of his war experiences and thrashing in his sleep, at one point clocking his wife hard enough to leave bruises.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  7. Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers patrol an area in the recently recaptured town of Zumar, near Mosul, on Oct. 29. Human Rights Watch says some 600 male Shiite inmates from Badoosh prison outside Mosul were executed when the Islamic State group capture the city. EPA/STR via AFP

    Group says Islamic State killed 600 Iraqi prisoners during Mosul takeover

    An international rights group says Islamic State militants carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  8. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a letter that a vote on the The Putting Veterans First Act was 'the right thing for our veterans.' The Associated Press

    Senate to vote on advance funding for VA

    When Congress returns next month, the Senate will vote on legislation to provide all Veterans Affairs Department funding a full year in advance, preventing government shutdowns or budget gridlock from interrupting veterans services.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  9. Military athletes mingle at the 2014 Warrior Games. New advances in sensor technology are leading to prosthetic limbs with potential for better fit and greater comfort for wounded warriors. Mike Morones/Staff

    New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling

    Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  10. Pakistani protesters from the United Citizen Action group shout slogans and burn a U.S. flag as they demonstrate Oct. 8 against U.S drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region in Multan. S.S. Mirza / AFP via Getty Images

    Drone strike kills 2 militants in northwest Pakistan

    Suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles struck a house early on Thursday in a restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing two militants, officials said.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  11. Comptroller Michael McCord said he does not expect Congress to soon reach a budget deal. Glenn Fawcett/ / Office of the Secretary of Defens

    Pentagon officials: No hope for budget soon; tech development vital

    The Pentagon's chief financial officer admitted on Wednesday that he is 'not super optimistic' about Congress reaching a budget deal once the current continuing resolution temporarily funding the federal government expires on Dec. 11.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
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    A landing craft air cushion prepares to enter the well deck of amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde on MondayThe Bataan amphibious ready group is returning home after a deployment supporting operations in U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets. MC3 Erik Foster / Navy

    Bataan ARG returns from almost nine-month cruise

    More than 4,000 sailors and Marines in the three-ship Bataan amphibious ready group are returning home.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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    A Liberian soldier and a U.S. Marine set up a landing zone next to an Ebola treatment center on Oct. 11 in Tubmanburg, Liberia. John Moore / Getty Images

    Hagel orders quarantine for troops returning from West Africa

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ordered all U.S. service members returning from the Ebola response mission to undergo 'controlled monitoring,' meaning they will be isolated on military facilities and monitored for symptoms for 21 days.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  12. President Obama gestures while speaking at an Oct. 29 event at the White House with American health care workers fighting the Ebola virus. Evan Vucci / AP

    Obama on Ebola fight: U.S. can't seal itself off

    Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their ret

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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    Firefighters extinguish the remaining flames of a military airplane that crashed in a field Oct. 29 near Naval Station Ventura County, Calif., killing the pilot. Karen Quincy Loberg / AP

    Jet crashes near Naval Station Ventura County, killing pilot

    A jet on a military training exercise crashed into an agricultural field near a Southern California Navy base Wednesday, killing the pilot, authorities said.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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    Capt. Drew Williams, left, was fired Tuesday amid an investigation, according to Naval Air Systems Command. Williams has been temporarily replaced by his deputy, Kurt Reese, right. Norman Tancioco/Navy

    Comms system boss fired amid investigation

    The O-6 manager of a multibillion-dollar tactical radio system was fired Tuesday, Naval Air Systems Command said.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  13. The Pentagon's internal security agency is warning military personnel and civilians who work in the building that they could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists. AFP

    Pentagon warns employees about Islamic State threats

    Military personnel and civilians who work in the Pentagon could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists, the building's internal security agency is warning employees in a new memo distributed late last week.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  14. Contribution from last year's #MyVeteran campaign: _mrsle: 'Happy Veterans Day to the Love of My Life. Thank you for serving our country, putting your life on the line, and for being such an impeccable husband!'

    Give your vet a shout-out

    Sixty years ago, the nation declared its first Veterans Day celebration.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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    Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens listens as Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert addresses the Leadership Mess Symposium in Suffolk, Va. MC1 Stuart Phillips/Navy

    MCPON gathers senior leaders for annual forum

    Nearly all of the Navy's top enlisted leadership converged here for a three-day annual summit, the Leadership Mess Symposium, to discuss ways to help sailors focus on their jobs at a time of larger uncertainties about defense budgets and fleet plans.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  15. OxyTherm Pro on sale at Fort Meyer, photographed at Gannett Government Media photo studio in Springfield, Va., on Thursday, October 9, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones

    DMBA workout stimulant pulled from base shelves

    Several dietary supplements touted as weight-loss or body sculpting aids have been pulled from the shelves of exchange and GNC stores on military installations.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  16. A member of the ground crew installs the protection pin onto a Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet's missile at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Oct. 20. Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATO said. Cpl. Gabrielle DesRochers / /Canadian Air Force-AP

    NATO reports spike in Russian military flights

    NATO on Wednesday reported an 'unusual' spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas and the Atlantic Ocean during the past two days.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  17. Russian nuclear submarine, the Yuri Dolgoruky, drives in the water area of the Sevmash factory in the northern city of Arkhangelsk on July 2, 2009. Alexander Zemlianichenko / AFP/Getty Images

    Russia successfully test-fires new Navy Bulava ICBM

    The Russian Navy has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile, proving its reliability after a long and troublesome development.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  18. Residents: Islamic State group kills 30 Iraqi men

    Islamic State group militants lined up 30 men in western Iraq and shot them dead Wednesday, an official and residents said, the latest mass killing carried out by the group since its advance across the country.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  19. A peshmerga fighter flashes victory sign as a Kurdish convoy arrives Wednesday at the Habur crossing along the Turkish-Iraqi border with heavy weapons. Ilyas Akengin / AFP via Getty Images

    Syrian rebels enter Kurdish town from Turkey

    For the first time since the Islamic State group launched an offensive on the Syrian border town of Kobani last month, a small group of Syrian rebels on Wednesday entered the embattled town from Turkey in a push to help Kurdish fighters there battle the m

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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