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In surprise turn, House panel backs women in the draft

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April 29, 2016
WASHINGTON — A House Republican’s attempt to take a stand against women in combat took an unexpected turn Wednesday.
 Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, speaks during a hearing Wednesday, April 27, 2016, addressing the National Defense Authorization Act policy bill. On Thursday, the committee approved taking $18 billion from funds slated to fund the war against Islamic State and to use that money to pay for more troops, military training and equipment.      Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes
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House panel pushes ahead with defense budget 'gamble'

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April 29, 2016
WASHINGTON – Despite Pentagon objections, the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved a plan to take $18 billion out of the Islamic State war budget in 2017 and...
 A street corner in downtown Puerto Princesa, Philippines, is plastered with campaign posters. With Filipinos set to choose among five presidential candidates on May 9, 2016, Rodrigo Duterte, the candidate who said the U.S. "should not meddle in our affairs," holds a strong lead, according to the most recent poll released Sunday, April 24, 2016.     Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes
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Philippine presidential front-runner could hinder US military ties

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April 29, 2016
MANILA, Philippines — U.S.-Philippines military relations that have flourished under President Benigno Aquino III would likely weaken if Philippine presidential front-runner...
 A man watches a TV news program showing a file footage of North Korea's rocket launch at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 28, 2016. A suspected powerful intermediate-range North Korean missile crashed moments after liftoff Thursday, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, in what would be the second such embarrassing failure in recent weeks.    Ahn Young-joon/AP

South Korea: Suspected midrange North Korean missiles fail

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April 29, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing...
 A change to the National Defense Authorization Act aims to close a loophole permitting the Department of Defense to purchase foreign-made athletic shoes for servicemembers, according to a Thursday statement by from U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine.    Abner Guzman/U.S. Air Force

Language added to defense bill will close athletic shoe loophole

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April 29, 2016
WATERVILLE, Maine (Tribune News Service) — New language in the National Defense Authorization Act will close the loophole that has allowed the Department of Defense to avoid...
A sketch artist renders arguments during a hearing Wednesday at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on religious freedom in the military. The case involves a Marine lance corporal who disobeyed orders to remove signs bearing a defiant religious quotation from her desk. (photographed by Dianna Cahn 4/27/2016)
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Highest military court hears Marine's religious freedom case

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April 28, 2016
WASHINGTON – Rare arguments before the highest military court in the land Wednesday came down to whether a Marine’s refusal to obey orders to remove signs from her desk containing...