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US might deploy missiles in Europe to counter Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing a range of aggressive responses to Russia's alleged violation of a Cold War-era nuclear …

Russia

The woman who conquered porn: How Jacky St. James became the most important name in the business

<b>Jacky St. James (Eddie Powell)</b><p>Four years ago, Jacky St. James had never written or directed an adult film. Now she’s the toast of the industry<p>Jenny Kutner<p>January 5, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Jacky St. James had good reason to believe she'd never work in porn. For a significant portion of her adult life, …

Shades of Grey

U.S. Army wants a new gun

The U.S. Army is seeking a new gun.<p>After about 30 years of using the Beretta as the primary sidearm pistol for the U.S. military, the Pentagon is seeking a new gun contract.<p>For gun manufacturers, this kind of a contract is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.<p>While the Beretta lasted three decades, the …

Russia warns U.S. against arms to Ukraine as Biden due in Kiev

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia warned the United States on Thursday against supplying arms to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, hours before U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden was due to arrive in Kiev.<p>U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) and his wife Jill wave upon …

Russia flexes muscles with long-range bomber flights near U.S. shores

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russia plans to send long-range bombers to the Gulf of Mexico in what appears to be Moscow's latest provocative maneuver in its increasingly frosty relations with the West.<p>Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Wednesday that "we have to maintain (Russia's) military presence in the western …

France mulls military deployment in Jordan for Islamic State fight

PARIS (Reuters) - France will decide in the coming weeks whether to send fighter jets to Jordan to strike Islamic State militants in Iraq in an effort to increase the number of missions and reduce the cost, the army spokesman and officials said on Thursday.<p>Smoke rises during fighting between the …

Is Putin About To Invade Ukraine?

As I write this, observers report a huge buildup of Russian military forces on Ukraine’s borders. We are talking about 7000 or more troops already inside Ukraine and some 50,000 massing outside. Besides scores of howitzers, rocket launchers, and armored vehicles the estimates specify 100 tanks …

Ukraine Tells Army to Prepare for Battle as Tensions Rise

Ukraine’s defense minister said the military should prepare for clashes as growing tensions in the nation’s eastern combat zone threatened to boil …

Ukraine fears return to 'full-scale fighting' as Russia reinforces rebels

Ukraine said on Wednesday it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears that separatists will launch a new military offensive, despite …

Military Recruitment Rules Conflict With Sikh American's Faith

Ninteen-year-old Hofstra sophomore Iknoor Singh has always wanted to join the military. “During my senior year in high school, when I was looking at …

Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea

In the years since Bin Laden declared war on the West, we’ve learned how to kill his followers, but not how to defeat his ideology.<p>It’s been more …

Ukraine rebels seen moving large military convoys

SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) — Associated Press reporters saw more than 80 unmarked military vehicles on the move Saturday in rebel-controlled areas of …

Obama authorises plans to double number of US troops in Iraq

1,500 further American soldiers will be deployed to train Iraqi troops to help them fight Islamic State<p>President Barack Obama has authorised US generals to more than double America's troop deployment to Iraq in a significant escalation of the campaign against the Islamic State.<p>The Pentagon said Mr …

Obama Deploys Up to 1,500 More Troops to Iraq

President Barack Obama on Friday authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq in an expansion of the American fight against ISIS militants, the Pentagon said.<p>If all 1,500 are deployed, it would almost double the American presence in Iraq. The troops will serve in a non-combat role, …

That One Time America Accidentally Dropped a Nuke on South Carolina

In the history of terrible mistakes, accidentally dropping a nuclear bomb on your own country has to rank pretty damn high. That's exactly what happened when a really, really stupid accident resulted in America tossing an atom bomb on rural South Carolina.<p>On March 11, 1958, an Air Force B-47 …

Sweden calls off hunt for submarine

Sweden’s navy has cancelled its week-long operation in the archipelago off Stockholm after finding no trace of the Russian submarine widely anticipated by military specialists and the media.<p>“Our assessment is that in the inner archipelago there was a plausible foreign underwater operation,” Rear …

If (When) Baghdad Falls, Keep American Soldiers Away From the Mess Created By Bush and Obama

When President Bush invaded Iraq in 2003, long before ISIS controlled an estimated 12,000-35,000 square miles of territory between Iraq and Syria, the Decider stated the following in his now infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech:<p>In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have …

Middle East

ISIS: We've Got the Weapons U.S. Meant to Kill Us With

A new ISIS video purports to show weapons airdropped by U.S. forces intended for Kurdish fighters in the hands of the very militants the munitions were meant to destroy.<p>The U.S. on Sunday said it had dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies for the first time to Kurdish fighters defending …

Islamic State moves into Syrian Kurdish enclave on Turkish border

Hong Kong Leader Says Government Will Meet With Demonstrators

<b>Updated at 5:28 p.m. ET</b><p>Hong Kong's leader said today that his government has agreed to hold a dialogue with pro-democracy student activists to discuss reforms, but that such a discussion must take place within the context of Chinese law. He also renewed warnings to protesters not to occupy …

Iraq car bomb kills 14, leaves dozens injured

A car bomb detonated on a busy street in southeastern Baghdad on Wednesday night, killing 14 people and wounding 51 others, authorities said.<p>Several shops and vehicles nearby were damaged in the explosion in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood known as New Baghdad.<p>In a separate incident Wednesday …

Putin says he hopes election will bring Ukraine stability

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped Ukraine’s parliamentary election on Oct. 26 would help bring stability to the country, saying this was also in Russia’s interests.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during a meeting with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan …

The War Against ISIS: Operation Fingers Crossed

For more than a week, U.S. and allied warplanes have bombed targets inside Syria every day. While that may seem an awful lot like war to those being …