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  1. Two Russian-built Sukhoi-25 jet fighters, like this one that belongs to the Iraq defense forces, were reportedly shot down Wednesday over eastern Ukraine. AFP via Getty Images

    2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

    Russian-backed separatists shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets Wednesday in the eastern regions of the country, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  2. Gen. William Shelton, commander of the US Air Force Space Command in 2013. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

    Shelton: Russia's doubt over U.S. satellite capabilities shows 'desperation'

    Russian statements expressing skepticism that the U.S. can produce satellite images showing a surface-to-air missile shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet on July 17 shows 'desperation' on Russia's part, the top Air Force space official said today.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  3. A Malaysian air crash investigator on July 22 takes pictures of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    U.S.: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down of airliner

    Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for 'creating the conditions' that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  4. Report: Open-air burn pits still in use in Afghanistan

    Two incinerators at a joint Afghan-U.S. airbase have been underused, needlessly exposing troops to toxic pollution generated from open-air burn pits still in operation, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has found.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  5. California won't send troops to Mexican border

    California Gov. Jerry Brown won't be deploying National Guard troops to the Mexican border like Texas is doing in response to an influx of immigrants, a state military official said Monday.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  6. A non-Afghan soldier watches the site of a suicide attack on Tuesday on the deputy counter narcotic compound in Kabul. An Afghan official said that four security guards were killed and six others were wounded after a suicide bomber on a motorbike carried out the attack. Rahmat Gul / AP

    Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign guards in Kabul

    A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound housing foreign advisers in Kabul on Tuesday, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six, Afghan officials said.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  7. President Obama speaks to the press on Ukraine Monday outside the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Jewel Samad / AFP via Getty Images

    Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  8. President Obama makes a statement July 21 on the situation in Ukraine and Gaza. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

    President Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  9. A masked pro-Russian rebel stands as Peter Van Vilet, center left, team leader of Netherlands' National Forensic Investigations Team, speaks Monday to members of the OSCE's mission to Ukraine, while inspecting a refrigerated train loaded with the bodies of passengers in Torez, eastern Ukraine, 9 miles from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    U.N. to vote on crash resolution; Russia reluctant

    The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  10. This 2012 photo provided by Rabbi Asher Hecht, shows Nissim Sean Carmeli, left, with Hecht in Jerusalem. AP/Rabbi Asher Hecht via Chabad of the Rio Grande

    2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip

    Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  11. Aircraft with U.S. personnel lands in Ugandan road

    A small aircraft carrying U.S. military personnel made an emergency landing in the middle of a highway after running out of fuel, Ugandan police said Friday.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  12. A member of Iraq's Special Weapons and Tactics Team stands guard as blindfolded suspected terrorists are displayed Sunday at the federal police headquarters in Basra, Iraq. Iraq's SWAT arrested 21 suspected terrorists during recent security operations in Basra, according to police. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani) Nabil al-Jurani / AP

    Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people

    Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of government control.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  13. Ukrainian rescue servicemen inspect part of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 20 in Rassipnoye, Ukraine. Rob Stothard / Getty Images

    Kerry: Mounting evidence of Russian involvement in crash

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday there was mounting evidence Russia assisted separatists in Ukraine in shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  14. Emergency workers load bodies of victims on a truck at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 19 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    Bodies of MH17 victims on train bound for rebel-held city

    All 196 bodies recovered from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have been loaded onto refrigerated trains headed for a rebel-held city, according to reports Sunday.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  15. Spc. Lynndie England is one of 13 people banned in response to the July 2 U.S. ban on Russian parliament member Adam Delimkhanov. England is a former soldier convicted of abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. AP

    Russia bans congressman, 12 other Americans

    Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  16. German President Joachim Gauck, right, attends a July 20 wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler at the courtyard of the Bendler Block, a part of the German Defense Ministry, in Berlin. Markus Schreiber / AP

    Germany honors officers who tried to kill Hitler

    Germany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot — portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie '

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  17. Airmen new to Korea cannot buy or drink alcohol within 30 days of arrival — a requirement under a new orientation policy. 1st Lt. Kay Nissen/Air Force

    Alcohol ban in South Korea reflects 'fight tonight' readiness

    Airmen new to South Korea need to know what they're getting into.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  18. In this Aug. 27, 2013, file photo, a Russian air defense missile system SA-11 launcher is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow. Ivan Sekretarev/The Associated Press

    Without radar, missile may not have identified Malaysian jet

    If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  19. In this Friday, June 27, 2014, file photo, an Iraqi nun, second from left, speaks with a Christian man who fled with his family from the Christian villages near Mosul, Iraq, at a school that was turned into a shelter for displaced Christian families, in Ainkawa, a suburb of Irbil, Iraq. The Islamic State group gave Mosul's Christians until midday Saturday to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. The vast majority of Christians fled. Hussein Malla/The Associated Press

    Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul

    BAGHDAD The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  20. Mike Perensovich holds up a display case containing a photo of him in his cadet uniform and the medal that was recently presented to him for his role in the 1948-49 Berlin Airlift, on July 8 in Sitka, Alaska. James Poulson/Daily Sitka Sentinel via AP

    After 6 decades, Alaska man gets medal for Berlin Airlift missions

    After a delay of more than six decades, Mike Perensovich has received the prestigious Air Medal for the some 200 missions he flew as a flight engineer in the Berlin Airlift.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  21. Civilians inspect the site of a bomb attack in the Jihad neighborhood in Baghdad on Saturday. A series of bombings, including three over a span of less than 10 minutes, killed and wounded dozens of people across Baghdad on Saturday, shaking the fragile sense of security the capital has maintained despite the Sunni militant offensive raging across northern and western Iraq. Hadi Mizban/The Associated Press

    Bombings in Iraq's capital kill at least 27 people

    A series of bombings, including three over a span of less than 10 minutes, killed at least 27 people across Baghdad on Saturday, shaking the fragile sense of security the capital has maintained despite the Sunni militant offensive raging across northern a

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  22. Officials: U.S. drone strike kills 11 in N.W. Pakistan

    A U.S. drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Saturday, killing eleven militants, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  23. An armed pro-Russia militant stands guard at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 18. Pro-Russian separatists in the region and officials in Kiev blamed each other for the crash, after the plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty Images

    Obama rules out military response to downing of passenger jet

    The U.S. will not take military action in response to the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine, President Obama told reporters Friday.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  24. Ship's Captain Rick Jordan (L) walks onboard the M/V Cape Ray where the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System (FDHS) on January 2, 2014, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

    15 percent of Syrian sarin chemicals destroyed

    The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed.

    • Jul. 18, 2014

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