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FBI looks into possible fraud at Arlington Cemetery

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is investigating a range of problems at the top US military cemetery, including possible criminal contracting fraud and false records, The Washington Post reported. The Post said the Justice Department was investigating the mishandling of remains at Arlington National Cemetery as part of a sweeping…

Israel arrests 4 Hamas MPs in northern West Bank

Israeli troops on Tuesday arrested four Hamas MPs in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources and officials from the Islamist group said. Three of them were arrested in the early hours in the northern city of Nablus, while a fourth was picked up in Salfit, a town some 15…

Syria protest group warns of coming ‘volcano’

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian security forces continued their crackdown on protestors with another four civilians killed, as a protest group called for demonstrators to expect “a volcano” this week. “Two civilians were killed in Kassir by gunfire from the security forces who have reinforced there since Friday” near the Lebanese…

Civilians killed as Syria presses crackdown: activist

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Four civilians were shot dead by Syrian security forces on Saturday, as tanks entered a border village with Turkey and workers there scrambled to erect a tent city anticipating a new refugee exodus. “Two civilians were killed in Kassir by gunfire from the security forces who have…

Seven protesters killed in Syria during rallies

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian security forces shot dead seven people on Tuesday during clashes in two cities between President Bashar al-Assad’s loyalists and protesters demanding his removal, a leading activist said. The violence followed rallies organised by authorities in several cities in support of Assad, whose 11-year rule has been…

Army sergeant and colleague charged in Kuwait bribes scheme

WASHINGTON — A US Army sergeant and his colleague took more than $170,000 in a bribes and money laundering scheme at Camp Arifjan, a US military base in Kuwait, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. The 11-count indictment made public in Wheeling, West Virginia, charged Sergeant First Class Richard Evick,…

Bradley Manning supporters rally at WikiLeaks federal grand jury

Supporters of Army Private Bradley Manning rallied outside the courthouse where a federal grand jury has convened to investigate WikiLeaks. The Associated Press reported that supporters of the Army private, who is accused of supplying classified documents to WikiLeaks, gathered outside the courthouse in northern Virginia on Wednesday. Activist David…

Pakistan arrests five accused of helping U.S. catch Osama bin Laden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested five CIA informants who fed information to U.S. intelligence before the raid last month which killed Osama bin Laden, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. One of the detainees was reported to be a Pakistani Army major whom officials…

U.S. Army to abandon the beret

WASHINGTON — The US Army is abandoning the beret, after a failed 10-year experiment. The black beret, which proved deeply unpopular with American soldiers, will be replaced by a patrol cap for everyday wear, US Army spokesman Colonel Tom Collins said Monday. The move came after outgoing Army chief of…

Syrian forces round up hundreds near northern town

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian troops rounded up hundreds of people in a sweep through villages near Jisr al-Shughour on Monday, fleeing residents said, after President Bashar al-Assad’s army retook the rebellious town. Nearly 7,000 Syrians have already fled the region around Jisr al-Shughour, seeking sanctuary in neighboring Turkey, while thousands…

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