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Youngkin calls out Pentagon’s plan to gift China millions with rooftop solar panels

Exclusive: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin penned a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to question the wisdom of the Pentagon’s plan to use $104 million in taxpayer funds to add solar panels to the rooftop of the Pentagon. The Virginia Republican told Austin that he has “serious concerns” about the plan to secure solar panels to the rooftop of the …

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US military reconnects $320M Gaza pier after repairs, expecting aid to flow soon

The U.S. military-built pier designed to carry badly needed aid into Gaza by boat has been reconnected to the beach in the besieged territory after it broke apart in storms and rough seas, and food and other supplies will begin to flow soon, U.S. Central Command announced Friday. The section that connects to the beach in Gaza, the causeway, was …

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3 Americans in alleged Congo coup appear in military court

Three Americans accused of being involved in last month’s attempted coup in Congo appeared in a military court in Kinshasa on Friday, along with dozens of other defendants who were lined up on plastic chairs before the judge on the first day of the hearing. Six people were killed during the botched coup attempt led by little-known opposition figure Christian …

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Sweden's defense chief voices concern over Bejing's 'aggressive' maneuvers in South China Sea

Sweden’s defense chief has expressed alarm over Beijing’s repeated dangerous maneuvers against Philippine vessels in the South China Sea, saying such actions threaten global security, undermine stability and underscore the need to invest “for our security and freedom.” Defense Minister Pål Jonson spoke Thursday night in a diplomatic reception in Manila for Sweden’s national day after meeting his Philippine counterpart, …

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Putin threatens to arm allies for strikes on the West in response to Ukraine's NATO support

President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia could provide long-range weapons to others to strike Western targets in response to NATO allies allowing Ukraine to use their arms to attack Russian territory. Putin also reaffirmed Moscow’s readiness to use nuclear weapons if it sees a threat to its sovereignty. The recent actions by the West will further undermine international security …

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D-Day 80th anniversary: The true legacy of Normandy

Eighty years ago, 73,000 courageous American soldiers stormed the shores of Normandy, charging forward through long odds and heavy fire to unshackle a continent from the grip of tyranny. In this singular moment, the United States demonstrated to allies and adversaries alike our willingness to lead the charge to defend democracy, a sacred commitment that our nation has embraced over …

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Israel accused of using white phosphorus to harm civilians in Lebanon, rights group report says

A global human rights group accused Israel of using white phosphorus incendiary shells on residential buildings in at least five towns and villages in conflict-hit southern Lebanon, possibly harming civilians and violating international law, in a report published Wednesday. Human Rights Watch said in its report that there was no evidence of burn injuries due to white phosphorus in Lebanon, …

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More than a third of remaining Gaza hostages are believed to be dead, Israel says

Israel believes that more than a third of the remaining Gaza hostages are dead, a government tally showed on Tuesday, as the United States sought to advance their recovery under a proposal to wind down the war with Hamas. Of about 250 people dragged into the Gaza Strip by Hamas-led Palestinian gunmen during the Oct. 7 cross-border rampage that sparked …

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Australia expands military recruitment to noncitzens to bolster defense against foreign threats

The Australian military will begin recruiting some noncitizens in a bid to boost troop numbers, the government said Tuesday. Only people from other members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing partnership who hold Australian permanent residency will be eligible. The move is part of a push to build a military that can resist foreign coercion through blocked trade routes in the …

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US Defense Secretary Austin meets Cambodia's top officials in pursuit of stronger ties with China's ally

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Cambodia on Tuesday to push for stronger military ties with China’s closest ally in Southeast Asia. Austin met his Cambodian counterpart, Tea Seiha, and Prime Minister Hun Manet during a one-day visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. It said Austin’s visit would strengthen the ongoing good cooperation between …

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