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U.S., South Korea to stage joint drill next month

US and South Korean troops will stage an annual joint exercise next month to improve their combat-readiness, military authorities said Monday amid high cross-border tensions. The 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise will begin on August 16, the Combined Forces Command said in a statement. Ulchi Freedom Guardian is an annual…

House votes to forbid military aid to Libyan rebels

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives voted Thursday to forbid the Pentagon from providing military equipment, training, advice or support to Libya’s rebels. By a 225-201 margin, lawmakers debating an annual Pentagon spending bill adopted an amendment restricting Washington’s ability to help fighters looking to overthrow longtime Libyan strongman…

U.K. admits training Saudi forces used to crush Arab uprising

The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed last week that U.K troops may have trained Saudi Arabia’s national guard before they were used to help crush civil rights protests in Bahrain. Documents obtained by The Observer under Britain’s Freedom of Information Act revealed that British forces regularly instructed the Saudi…

Britain trained Saudi troops that crushed protests in Bahrain

LONDON — Saudi troops sent into Bahrain to help quash protests received training from Britain, The Observer said Sunday, citing government documents. The Saudi Arabian National Guard was given weapons and public order training by a British military mission, according to documents obtained by the newspaper under the Freedom of…

House votes to pull funding for abortion-related training

The Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of an amendment which would permanently bar any public funding for medical training centers that educate doctors on how to perform abortions. The amendment includes an exception for victims of rape or incest, along with women whose lives may…

Britain’s forces withdraw from Iraq

BAGHDAD — Britain concluded its naval training mission in Iraq on Sunday, more than eight years after it contributed the second largest contingent of troops to the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Despite having pulled out the vast majority of its troops in mid-2009, Britain’s Royal Navy has continued…

Blackwater founder sets up mercenary group in United Arab Emirates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The crown prince of Abu Dhabi has hired the founder of private security firm Blackwater Worldwide to set up an 800-member battalion of foreign troops for the United Arab Emirates, the New York Times said Sunday. The Times said it obtained documents that showed the unit being formed by Erik Prince’s new company Reflex Responses…

Afghan pilot shoots dead six foreign troops

KABUL — An Afghan pilot opened fire and killed six foreign troops Wednesday after a row at a NATO training centre for the national air force in Kabul in one of the deadliest such clashes yet, officials said. A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the…

Just an hour of meditation training reduces pain response, study finds

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Meditation can deliver powerful pain-relieving effects to the brain with even just 80 minutes’ training for a beginner in an exercise called focused attention, a study released Tuesday found. “This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can…

Meditation a powerful tool against pain: study

WASHINGTON – Meditation can deliver powerful pain-relieving effects to the brain with even just 80 minutes’ training for a beginner in an exercise called focused attention, a study released Tuesday found. “This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically…

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