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U.S. and Japanese Forces Lock and Load With One Eye on China

When U.S. Marines stormed ashore during a beach-landing exercise in Okinawa recently, they weren’t alone. Charging alongside them was a group of …

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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are at a 20-year low

Some (cautious) good news<p>The United States' contribution to global warming is on the decline, the EPA reported this week. Greenhouse gas emissions decline 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012, and are down 10 percent since 2005, putting them at their lowest levels since 1994.<p>The EPA attributes the decline …

Exclusive: Syria submits more 'detailed' list of chemical weapons | Reuters

BEIRUT/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Syria has submitted a “more specific” list of its chemical weapons to the global regulator overseeing the destruction of its stockpile after discrepancies were reported by inspectors on the ground, officials said.<p>A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds …

Pro-Russian militia killed in attempt to storm Ukrainian military base

Three pro-Russian militia were killed and 13 injured in clashes with Ukrainian troops in the south-east city of Mariupol on Wednesday night, according to Ukraine's interior ministry.<p>The interior minister, Arsen Avakov, said the separatists were killed during an attempt to storm a Ukrainian base by …

US offers Ukraine non-lethal military aid but urges Kiev to act responsibly

The US has promised Ukraine non-lethal military aid but urged Kiev to act in a "measured and responsible way" in responding to unrest in the east.<p>The American offer came before Thursday's talks over the fate of eastern Ukraine and as low morale among the country's soldiers became evident in …

NATO COMMANDER: Ukraine 'Activists' Are Clearly A Professional Military Force Under Russian Control

• The pro-Russian "activists" in eastern Ukraine exhibit tell-tale military training and equipment and work together in a way that is consistent with troops who are part of a long-standing unit, not spontaneously stood up from a local militia.<br>• The weapon handling discipline and professional behavior …

PUTIN: Kiev's Use Of Military Force Against Separatists Was A 'Grave Crime'

In a televised call-in with the nation, Putin also dismissed allegations that Russian forces were present in east Ukraine and emphasized the importance of international talks on the crisis taking place in Geneva.<p>Putin criticized the government in Kiev for what he said was a mishandling of the …

OBAMA: Russia Doesn't Want A Military Confrontation With The US

Asked in an interview by CBS News' Major Garrett about the provocative act of a Russian fighter plane "buzzing" a U.S. Navy ship in the Black Sea over the weekend, Obama said the world "understands the superiority of our military."<p>"And the Russians understand that. They're not interested in any …

Tymoshenko condemns Russian leaks

Yulia Tymoshenko accuses Russia of dirty tricks after broadcasting recordings in which she said Russians should be wiped out<p>Mrs Tymoshenko said a tape broadcast by Russian state television where she is heard urging the "wiping out" of Russians and President Vladimir Putin was a montage.<p>Mrs …

Oil and Natural Gas as Weapon of War

With Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the threat is greater than Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, the real danger to the world is that oil and natural gas are once again being used as a weapon of war.<p>This isn’t the first time. When Russia cut off natural gas supplies in 2009 to Ukraine and six other …

Photos: The Brutal DIY Weapons of the Ukrainian Revolution

The revolters who battled the Ukrainian army in Maidan Square and toppled President Yanukovych did so while armed with little more than sticks, bats …

Global military spending is now an integral part of capitalism

China's surge in military spending gains headlines, partly because of the ominous implications regarding its regional contest with Japan, but it's the deeper structures of military spending in general that are far more compelling.<p>There are few surprises about the distribution of military spending: …

Upgraded U.S. Nukes May Violate Nation's Own Policy

The United States Air Force is upgrading B61 nuclear bombs stationed across Europe. Those upgrades may violate the nation's own nuclear …

The Putin-Obama deep freeze

President Barack Obama couldn’t have been clearer when he warned Russia not to send troops into Ukraine.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin couldn’t have been clearer in his response: Watch me.<p>And just like that, an already toxic relationship got even worse, and the two countries — and the rest of the …

UN warns of food crisis in CAR

A food crisis is looming in the Central African Republic after nearly a year of violence, a UN humanitarian official warned on Sunday.<p>Funds pledged to help the crisis in January have not materialised, Abdou Dieng, the United Nations' humanitarian coordinator said, with only one-fifth of the $500m …

Taliban militants escape from Kandahar prison for fourth time in a decade

At least 10 Taliban insurgents leave the prison through the front door, after their names were forged on a prisoner release form<p>At least 12 Taliban insurgents have escaped from the heavily guarded Sarposa Prison in Kandahar, after a prison employee falsely put their names on a list of detainees who …

Iraq Death Toll Tops 700 In February

A bloody February in Iraq led to at least 700 civilian deaths in the course of the month, as the violent Sunni-Shiite clashes that have worsened …

Russian Forces Flood Crimea; Ukraine Warns of War

Russian troops flooded the Russian-speaking Ukrainian region of Crimea on Saturday, giving President Vladimir Putin abundant options should he decide to use the new military authority his parliament gave him.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Putin by telephone Saturday after the upper house of …

Merkel to mention the wars, and the peace, in Euro plea to Britain

German Chancellor will use a speech to the two Houses of Parliament to argue that EU has helped end divisions<p>Angela Merkel will invoke the memory of the two world wars as she urges Britain to remain inside the European Union.<p>The German Chancellor will use a speech to the two Houses of Parliament – …

The Search For Drinking Water In California Has Led To The Ocean

California is getting some much needed rain this week, but more than two-thirds of the state is still in extreme drought conditions, and that has the state thinking about alternative ways of getting water.<p>On the coast in Carlsbad, Calif., construction workers are building what will be the largest …

Beijing pollution reaches 'crisis' levels

Residents in the Chinese capital of Beijing woke to another day of thick, choking smog on Feb. 25, 2014. The city has been under an "orange" smog …

Exclusive: Satellite Images Show City Destroyed in South Sudan Conflict

South Sudan’s Jan. 23 ceasefire was supposed to put an end to more than a month of violence that killed roughly 10,000 people, displaced more than …

British troops less likely to get PTSD than Americans

British troops have been "relatively resilient" compared to US troops when dealing with the strains of Iraq and Afghanistan<p>British combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are up to four times less likely to suffer PTSD than their American counterparts, but are more likely to drink to dangerous …

Hezbollah vows to retaliate against alleged Israeli air strike in Lebanon

Hezbollah has vowed to retaliate after accusing Israel of launching an air strike at one of its positions near the border with Syria this week.<p>The attack on Monday, which Israel has not acknowledged, would be the first inside Lebanese territory since the start of the Syrian conflict three years ago.<p>…

Alarming Video Shows Arctic Ice Disappearing

Old ice in the Arctic is vanishing. That's a problem, since it's more resistant to melting than young ice.<p>You've probably heard that ice in the Arctic is melting. But you may have never seen it shown this clearly. A video from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration shows 27 years of ice …

Ban Nuclear Weapons; Saving Money and Saving the World

Co-authored by Owen Brian Toon, Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, btoon@lasp.colorado.edu<p>As the United States struggles to deal with budget problems, as the U.S. Air Force deals with boredom, poor morale, drug use, and cheating …

The tar sands horror story you weren’t supposed to hear

Toxic emissions forced a family out of their home — and Big Oil tried to buy their silence<p>The oil industry was willing to pay big money to keep this one quiet. Instead, ThinkProgress has the heartbreaking story of a family forced out of Alberta by the exploitation of Canada's oil sands (the ones …