Air Force News

Puerto Rico issues over 100 warrants for alleged drug ring

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:03
Authorities in Puerto Rico have issued more than 100 arrest warrants for suspects they say ran a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring tied to more than 30 killings.

Lawmakers battle in the final hours to avert government shutdown

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:03
Funding is slated to run out by late Friday evening, and without a temporary budget deal, the government will shut down, triggering a disruption to many federal operations and services, including military pay and programs.

Uganda's leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:57
Uganda's president said Thursday he will sign the first death warrants in nearly two decades to create fear among criminals in the East African country, vowing to "hang a few."

Brigitte Bardot: 'MeToo' actresses are 'hypocritical'

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:46
Former French actress and sex symbol Brigitte Bardot says most actresses who have protested sexual harassment are "hypocritical" and "ridiculous" because many of them "tease" producers to land film parts.

Damaged USS Fitzgerald arrives in Pascagoula on Friday

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:41
The USS Fitzgerald arrives in South Mississippi Friday morning, and the public is invited to welcome the ship. Ingalls Shipbuilding employees will be handing out flags for people to wave as the destroyer passes Point Park on the west tip of Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula.

NATO head urges Macedonia to end dispute with Greece, reform

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:06
NATO's secretary-general urged Macedonia on Thursday to solve its 25-year-old name dispute with alliance member Greece and proceed with wide-ranging reforms if it wants its membership bid to succeed.

Underwear dance in dorm nearly gets Russian cadets expelled

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:03
The students' all-male rendition of the official video for Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction" showed a dozen freshmen wearing boxer shorts, boots, chest straps and cadet caps, thrusting their hips to the beat as they walked around the dorm, mopped the floor and ironed their shirts.

Escaped wolf recaptured in Britain after hour-long lockdown

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:56
A wolf escaped from its British sanctuary Thursday as high winds battered the country, triggering hours of concern and a lockdown at a nearby school. The animal was eventually recaptured unharmed but questions remained about exactly how it escaped.

Ukraine passes bill to get occupied regions back from Russia

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:52
Ukraine's parliament on Thursday passed a bill that aims to reintegrate the eastern territories currently controlled by Russia-backed separatists, and goes as far as to declare support for taking them back by military force if necessary.

Israel digs deep to thwart tunnel threat from Gaza Strip

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:50
The Israeli military says a secretive project to build an underground wall along the border with Gaza is proving to be a deterrent against militant attack tunnels from the Palestinian territory.

ISIS claims responsibility for twin suicide bombing in Baghdad

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:46
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for back-to-back suicide bombings in central Baghdad that killed at least 38 people.

Powerful gale lashes Europe, 6 dead amid traffic chaos

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:42
A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least six people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks.

Boston's Fenway Park to host Army-Navy baseball series opener in April

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:29
Both service academies announced on Wednesday that the opener of their annual three-game series on the diamond would take place at fabled Fenway Park.

What happens when the government shuts down

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:22
Virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, will remain open. Transportation Security Administration officers will continue to man airport checkpoints. But hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be forced off the job, and some services will go dark.

Olympic charm offensive: US on sidelines as 2 Koreas move closer together

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:12
The détente has raised hopes for reconciliation between North and South Korea, but observers say it’s likely temporary and may come at a cost to U.S.-led efforts to pressure the North Korean regime to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

A 66-year-old is about to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:09
After starting in Antarctica, participants will sleep on a chartered plane and wake up each day to run another 26.2 miles - in Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai; Lisbon; Cartagena, Colombia; and Miami - 168 hours of nonstop running and flying.

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:50
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's upcoming visit to the Middle East comes at a time of intensely publicized friction between his administration and the Palestinian leadership, posing a dilemma for his Arab hosts — Egypt's president and Jordan's king — on how to safeguard their vital ties with Washington without appearing to ignore Palestinian misgivings.

VA secretary apologizes for surgery that left scalpel in Army veteran for years

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:41
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said it was an "extremely rare event" that happens in the U.S. about 1,500 times a year and in the VA 12 times. “That’s a rate in the VA much less than what happens outside, but that’s no excuse.”

Israeli special forces hunt down, kill Palestinian suspect in firefight

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:39
Israeli officials said special forces hunting the killers of a West Bank settler raided a home before dawn Thursday, killing a Palestinian suspect in a firefight that also wounded two Israeli officers.

Australia PM says Olympic unity won't denuclearize North Korea

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:33
"History tells us a very bitter lesson about North Korea," Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. "They have a long habit of ratcheting up their militarization and then, you know, going into a lull for a while trying to persuade people that they're changing their ways, changing nothing and then ratcheting up again."