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Desperate shortages leave Ukraine ill-prepared for trauma of war

Kiev - With Ukraine still trapped in a Soviet-era approach to mental health and psychiatric hospitals so under-funded that some have less than 10 cents a day to feed patients, the country has been left ill-prepared for the trauma of war.

One dead as French military plane crashes into home for disabled

Tours - One person was killed and five were injured in central France Wednesday after a military training jet crashed into a home for the disabled, authorities said.

Anti-graft squad targets corruption in Ukraine's army

Kiev - It must rank as one of the world's most daunting jobs: tackling corruption in Ukraine's military. But with support from the president, a patriotic volunteer unit and a polygraph test, one man thinks he has the answer.

Palestinian woman shot after stabbing Israeli, police say

Jerusalem - The Israeli army shot and wounded a Palestinian woman on Monday after she stabbed an Israeli civilian near a Jewish settlement bloc in the southern West Bank, the military said.

Captive Colombia general's release delayed to Sunday

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas said Thursday they will free a general whose capture has derailed peace negotiations a day later than announced, delaying efforts to get the talks back on track.

FARC to free captive Colombia general Saturday

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC guerrillas will on Saturday release a general whose capture derailed peace negotiations, President Juan Manuel Santos said, reviving hopes that the talks can be salvaged.

U.S. troops to stay in Poland, Baltics through 2015: General

Vilnius - U.S. troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 "to deter Russian aggression", the top US commander for Europe said on Sunday.

Army's Zida named Burkina Faso prime minister: Decree

Ouagadougou - The military officer who held power after the fall of Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, was on Wednesday named prime minister in the country's interim government."The president of the transition decides that ... Mr....

Myanmar rules out constitutional change before 2015 polls

Inya - Myanmar's parliament speaker said Tuesday the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, cannot be changed before elections in November 2015.

Game of Thrones ban sign of Turkey's religious-secular schism?

In what some observers feel might be a sign of increasing Islamization in Turkey, army officers have been forbidden from watching Game of Thrones.

Burkina main players consider transition plan

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso's political parties, army and civil society groups were on Saturday to consider a plan for a transitional government after last week's ousting of veteran president Blaise Compaore, sources said.

Burkina army seizes capital's main square, disperses protesters

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso troops seized control of the main square in the capital Ouagadougou on Sunday, setting up barricades and dispersing thousands of protesters, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Cameroon army kills 39 Boko Haram fighters: defence ministry

Yaound - Cameroonian troops killed 39 Boko Haram fighters in clashes with the Islamists, who were carrying out three raids on Cameroon's territory, the defence ministry said Sunday.

Two Israeli soldiers wounded by gunfire from Egypt: Army

Nizzana - Two Israeli soldiers were wounded on Wednesday when unidentified gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula fired shots and an anti-tank missile at their vehicle near the border, the army said.

Canada raises 'terrorism' alert after soldier killed

Ottawa - Canada has raised its national "terrorism" alert, officials said, after a soldier run over by a suspected jihadist died in hospital.

Canada fears new Islamist threat after soldier killed

Montreal - Canada was faced with the specter of Islamist violence on Tuesday after an attack by a suspected jihadist killed a soldier, a day before Ottawa deployed warplanes to bomb Islamic State militants.

27 Chinese and local hostages released in Cameroon

Yaound - Ten Chinese and 17 local hostages have been released in Cameroon, where they were kidnapped earlier this year in raids blamed on the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, Cameroon's president said Saturday.

UN warns of 'likely' massacre as Jihadists tighten grip on Kobane

Suru - A UN envoy warned thousands could be massacred in the Syrian border town of Kobane if Islamic State jihadists capture it from Kurdish fighters.

Philippines' Aquino criticises UN for mission 'impossible'

Manila - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday criticised the United Nations for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission "impossible".

Japan, Mexico to join UN peacekeeping

New York - Japan and Mexico will contribute troops to UN peacekeeping, a top UN official said Friday following a top-level meeting aimed at shoring up blue-helmet missions worldwide.

Execution claims shadow Mexico's militarized drug war

- The arrest of eight Mexican troops over the killing of 22 people highlights President Enrique Pena Nieto's dilemma of fighting the drug war with the military while avoiding human rights abuses.

Obama: Syria strikes show US not alone in fighting IS

Damascus - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that air strikes the United States and its Arab allies unleashed against the Islamic State group in Syria showed that America is not alone in confronting the jihadists.

IS-linked group threatens to kill French hostage in Algeria

Algiers - An Algerian group linked to Islamic State jihadists on Monday claimed the kidnapping of a French national and threatened to kill the hostage within 24 hours unless Paris halts air strikes on the IS in Iraq.

Qaeda affiliate executes Lebanese soldier: govt

Beirut - A Lebanese soldier has been executed by the Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, the government said on Saturday.

Russia to deploy reinforcements to Crimea area

Moscow - Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country's defence minister said on Tuesday.

French leader pledges to step up military involvement to Iraq

Baghdad - French President Francois Hollande told Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi Friday his country was willing to step up its military support against jihadists.

Israel likely to have committed Gaza war crimes: HRW

Jerusalem - Israel is likely to have committed war crimes in Gaza, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, a day after the army announced five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces.

Turkish army warns over 'red lines' in Kurdish peace talks

Istanbul - Turkey's army chief has warned that the army will do whatever is necessary if its "red lines" are not respected in peace talks with Kurdish rebels.

Op-Ed: Army's tiny drone shows miniaturization of video surveillance

The U.S. Army's recent announcement that it's developing a pocket-sized drone for video intelligence shows the evolving hardware surrounding military and commercial surveillance.

Saudi gives Lebanon army $1 bn: ex-PM Saad Hariri

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia has provided Lebanon's army, battling jihadists on the Syrian border, with one billion dollars to strengthen security, former Lebanese premier Saad Hariri told reporters in Jeddah on Wednesday.
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The number of US deaths in the Afghanistan war has set a new annual record of at least 323, with four months remaining in the year. The number surpasses the previous record of 317 for all of 2009.
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Staff Sgt. Timothy Blackman, a squad leader in Company D, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, provides over watch security while the Afghan National Army conducts a shura with the people in Pirkowti Valley with the Paktika Province
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Israeli soldiers filing into a helicopter
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Israeli soldiers in the co-ed Karakal combat unit on their final hike of basic training.
Israeli soldiers in the co-ed Karakal combat unit on their final hike of basic training.
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Staff Sergeant Ferguson's daughter wears her father's fatigues to show her support for her dad.
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U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment prepare for a early morning mission out of Contingency Operating Base Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq
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Members of the media and the army at the media breakfast.
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Left to right: General Stephane Abrial (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation) greeting General Stanley A. McChrystal (Commander ISAF)
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U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Glenn Niemitalo, an engineer with the Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team, talks to a village elder with the assistance of an interpreter
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Reserve soldiers conduct a training exercise (photo credit: Matanya Tausig/Flash90)
Reserve soldiers conduct a training exercise (photo credit: Matanya Tausig/Flash90)
U.S. Army Rangers assigned to 2nd Battalion  75th Ranger Regiment  fire at an enemy bunker during Ta...
U.S. Army Rangers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, fire at an enemy bunker during Task Force Training on Camp Roberts, Calif.
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President Barack Obama reaches for a Purple Heart medal which he presented to a wounded soldier at B...
President Barack Obama reaches for a Purple Heart medal which he presented to a wounded soldier at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan
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President Barack Obama greets members of the audience following his remarks at an event with military personnel at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.
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