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    A bipartisan group of Congress members touring portions of East Asia spent part of Thanksgiving serving lunch to U.S. troops stationed in South Korea before jetting off to Taiwan - despite protests from the Chinese Embassy. Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina was among the lawmakers serving vegetables, potatoes and turkey to some of the 28,000 American troops stationed in the country. 'Enjoyed serving our troops today,' Mace tweeted. 'Many of our soldiers haven’t been able to visit home or have their families visit them since the start of COVID. Incredibly important to give our men and women in uniform a heartfelt thanks.'   Democratic Rep. Mark Takano of California, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, was among the politicians who helped scoop food onto soldiers' plates and tossed a football with them. President Joe Biden also paid tribute to overseas troops on Thanksgiving while remaining in Nantucket for the holiday. Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (right) joined four Democrats in a tour of three east Asian countries, including South Korea, where she helped serve food to US troops...
    Vice President Kamala Harris participated on Wednesday in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in the wealthy Paris suburb of Hauts-de-Seine. Harris attended the memorial event with her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff during a four-day charm offensive trip to France. Buried at the cemetery in France are 1,541 American troops who were killed in World War I and 24 unknown dead of World War II. The ceremony comes the day before Veteran’s Day in the U.S. and Armistice Day, when World War I officially ended as Allied powers signed a ceasefire with Germany in Compiégne, France on November 11, 1918. Countries that observe Armistice Day include, but are not limited to, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. Vice President Kamala Harris (left) and second gentleman Doug Emhoff (right) participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Suresnes American Cemetery in a suburb of Paris on Wednesday Buried at the cemetery are 1,541 American troops killed in World War I and 24 unknown dead of World War II Later on...
    Shirtless North Korean soldiers showed off the country's military might in a bizarre series of exercises in front of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and his subordinates by breaking bricks, taking hits to the body with objects and other feats of strength in a propaganda video. The footage, which is just over two minutes long, was uploaded to social media by Martyn Williams, a North Korea-focused journalist. He tweeted that the exercise was broadcast on North Korean state TV.  NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA RESTORE COMMUNICATIONS AMID MISSILE LAUNCHES  The footage shows flying kicks and the soldiers breaking what appeared to be concrete tiles with their hands and feet. One soldier is seen running into a set of tiles and using his head to smash them.  Another is seen taking multiple hits with what appeared to be poles to his bare-chested frame and head. Others place large pieces of concrete slabs on their chest as someone else slams a large hammer on it.  At the end of the video, one man breaks a set of chains wrapped around him and...
    In the beginning, the American military campaign in Afghanistan was officially known as Operation Enduring Freedom. Lofty ideals and ambitions are inherent in such a title, but 20 years later they look hopelessly misplaced. As names go, it now reads like a tragically bad joke. Afghanistan is today a graveyard of Western ideals that many Afghans had come to hold dear. I said sorry to a lot of those people during the 11 days since the Taliban takeover that we stayed in Kabul, a city we have now left. One of the reasons we stayed at the Serena Hotel, in the centre of the capital, is that it’s also home to the Qatari Embassy. The Gulf country has played an enormous role in all of this. The Qataris were the intermediaries as the Americans and the Taliban negotiated the end. We felt that as long as we were close to the Qataris, we would be relatively safe. It was the Qataris who got us out of there. Myself, cameraman Sean Swan and producer Lutfi Abu-Aun are also indebted to the...
    Former President Donald Trump on Saturday told a story about seeing Gold Star families react to the caskets of their fallen loved ones returning home from war. While speaking at the North Carolina GOP Convention in Greenville Saturday night, the former president detailed the anguish that the families feel seeing the coffins of their sons and daughters come out of the airplane in a clip that was widely shared on the internet. WATCH: “I’d visit soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital, where the doctors are truly fantastic, what they can do,” Trump began. “I’d see these young people who were blown to pieces, and it’s, it’s just so sad.” “I’d be at Dover where these magnificent machines, the big cargo planes, and that door would open up and there’d be a coffin in the back. And the military soldiers would take that coffin and walk it off the plane,” he said. “And I’d be with the parents, an hour before, and we’d be talking,” he went on. “And I’d say to the general in charge, ‘general, the parents seem to...
    Joe McCann (pictured) was shot dead by soldiers in the Markets area of Belfast in 1972 while dressed in disguise as he attempted to evade arrest at the hands of Royal Ulster Constabulary officers  An IRA commander allegedly murdered by two former paratroopers almost 50 years ago was responsible for the deaths of 15 British soldiers, a landmark trial heard yesterday. Joe McCann was shot dead by soldiers in the Markets area of Belfast in 1972 while dressed in disguise as he attempted to evade arrest at the hands of Royal Ulster Constabulary officers. In Belfast, he was in charge of 'punishment' and 'reprisal' attacks which involved 'tarring and feathering' and shooting people, Belfast's Laganside Courts heard. McCann lured Army patrols into an ambush before firing at them 'from cover' as his 'known modus operandi', the Daily Telegraph reports.  He was immortalised in Republican folklore after a photograph of him holding a rifle during a siege at a bakery during a firefight with the Army in August 1971 circulated around the world. It appears in two plaques in Belfast in his memory. The...
    Soldiers and civilians must present vaccine cards to prove they have been fully vaccinated before entering dining and exercise facilities on at least one Army base in what some soldiers and spouses see as increasing pressure to get a vaccine that is not mandatory. Beginning March 29, soldiers and civilians at Fort Bragg who presented a vaccine card were allowed to eat inside dining facilities on base, as well to visit one gym maskless. At least one other base, Fort Drum, is exploring a coronavirus wristband option as an alternative to the vaccine card. The new rules come as the Biden administration has endorsed the idea of private companies developing some form of vaccine certification which Republicans lawmakers have argued is an unacceptable restriction on participating in normal life. “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said at a recent press conference. Unit commanders recently received an email from the...
    New York : Shevchenko has solidified Ukraine. Photo: Franck Fife / . / . France could not start the qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022 with a win. The reigning world champion stumbled on the combative Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine, who despite going down on the scoreboard early, did not lower his arms in a very complicated square. A great goal from Antoine Griezmann at 19 ‘he advanced the Gauls, who seemed to be heading their first game, even when the brilliance in their game was never noticed. With trade, the Ukrainians fought for possession of the ball and maintained defensive order, without rushing. France did not take advantage of the locality, neither the clean and jerk of the first goal nor the quality of its players. And Ukraine, thanks to an own goal by Presnel Kimpembe, found a very positive draw. Another magical night for the selection of the mythical Shevchenko, who in his career at the head of his country has classified him for the next Eurocup, and has obtained victories over Portugal and Spain....
    HOLYOKE (CBS) – The former U.S. Attorney chosen to investigate the coronavirus outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home testified before state lawmakers on Friday. Last year, Governor Charlie Baker chose former U.S. Attorney Mark Pearlstein to do an independent review of the deadly outbreak at the home. Pearlstein called the decisions made during the outbreak “utterly baffling,” adding there was a void of leadership at the home. READ MORE: As Schools Prepare To Reopen, Space To Social Distance Is At A Premium The state-run facility had one of the deadliest outbreaks at a long-term care facility in the country with 76 residents dying from COVID-19 and dozens of other residents and staffers sickened. READ MORE: Andover Rally Shows Support For Asian American Community “We found that the leadership made a catastrophic decision by combining two lockdown dementia units on March 27,” Pearlstein said. “This resulted in severe overcrowding and truly chaotic and ultimately, we believe, ineffective care.” A special committee of lawmakers has until the end of the month to submit findings and any recommendations for legislation. MORE NEWS: New...
    AN SAS trooper and a US soldier collided in mid-air in a horror skydiving accident at 18,000 feet - before crash landing in IS territory.  The two soldiers were critically wounded during a top secret operation in Iraq late last month. 1An SAS trooper and a US soldier collided in mid-air in a horror skydiving accident at 18,000 feet (File photo)Credit: MoD Crown Copyright This image may be used for current news purposes only. It may not be u The Daily Mail reports that the pair had jumped from planes at 18,000 feet before going into freefall and opening their parachutes in Baiji, 130 miles north of Baghdad.   But seconds later, they smashed into each other and their parachutes became entangled - leaving them plunging into enemy territory.  Thankfully the two soldiers were able to radio for help, prompting dozens of heavily armed SAS and Delta Force troops to rush to the scene on CH-47 Chinook helicopters.  Arriving at the site of the crash, an armed team formed a protective circle around the injured soldiers as they received medical assistance. ...
    Donald Trump has been accused of 'throwing under the bus' his top Pentagon officials in the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection, as his Defense Secretary claimed that the president said 10,000 troops would be needed on January 6 - but failed to issue orders. In a remarkable report in Vanity Fair, published on Friday, senior Trump figures spoke candidly of the chaos. Christopher Miller, who until Wednesday was the Defense Secretary, said that when Trump made him head of the Pentagon, in November, 'the bar was pretty low.' He told the magazine he had three goals: 'No military coup, no major war, and no troops in the street. The 'no troops in the street' thing changed dramatically about 14:30…. So that one's off [the list].' Miller, 55, was named Secretary of Defense in November - against his family's wishes Kash Patel, 40, was named Miller's chief of staff and defended the team's response to the riots Ezra Cohen, the 34-year-old head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was critical of Trump Miller also said the Pentagon was in...
    Ms. Lopez goes to Washington. Jennifer Lopez took a selfie with members of the National Guard as she arrived in Washington DC to perform at the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The singer posted a video on Tuesday taking a selfie with service members at the Capitol to Twitter and Instagram. “What an honor to spend a few moments with these brave men and women. Thank you for your service and sacrifice,” she posted. “I honor you today and everyday. Tomorrow I sing for you and all Americans.” In the clip, six national guardsmen posed with J.Lo. Some gave thumbs up because their face masks covered their smiles. Earlier that day, the 51-year-old posed in front of a plane, saying she was “D.C. bound.” She’ll be performing at the afternoon ceremony today, along with Lady Gaga and Garth Brooks. Fellow A-lister Chrissy Teigen posted a short video of Lopez passing K Street on her way to the performance location. Because of the Capitol riots which left five people dead on Jan. 6, there...
    A dramatic wartime account by a member of a lost party of soldiers who were rescued by a heroic British carrier pigeon has been uncovered. Lieutenant James Leak was one of almost 700 men who became cut off during a major offensive on German positions towards the end of the First World War. In the six days of being encircled by enemy forces deep in a French forest almost 200 men were killed either by constant German shelling or friendly fire from confused Allies unaware of their true position. Runners made repeated attempts to get word back to headquarters of the location of the so-called Lost Battalion but each time they were intercepted by the enemy. The stranded group then tried using carrier pigeons to send messages only to see them shot out of the sky by German snipers. It was the British bird named Cher Ami that saved them by flying 25 miles in as many minutes to deliver the life-saving message despite being badly wounded. The heroic exploits of a British carrier pigeon called Cher Ami (pictured)during...
    Traffic restrictions, installation of concrete blocks, barriers and barbed wire around the White House and Congress or even the deployment of thousands of National Guard soldiers, Washington barricaded itself a few days before the inauguration of Joe Biden. Washington barricaded There are only two days left before Joe Biden’s nomination and the situation is very tense for United States. Faced with fear of violence from supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, massive security measures were put in place in Washington on Sunday, January 17. Authorities have barricaded the US capital between installing concrete blocks, fences and barbed wire around the White House and Congress. Serious traffic restrictions have also been imposed in the city center, where thousands of National Guard soldiers provide security, reports Franceinfo. A first since September 11 The Capitol police have been equipped with assault rifles and are supported by military reinforcements. The Secret Service, usually responsible for the protection of the president of United States, was also mobilized to strengthen the system. “The last time I saw soldiers here was on September...
    Three days before Joe Biden’s inauguration, the American capital is under siege. The rare passers-by on Saturday oscillate between astonishment, boredom and impatience. Sportswear, wireless headphones and hair band, Susan spins at a good pace, maneuvering the jogging stroller where her baby is harnessed. But at the corner of New Jersey and Louisiana avenues, just north of the Capitol, a police officer raises his arm and interrupts his stride. Impossible to continue straight towards the esplanade of the National Mall, he explains politely: the area is barricaded and will remain so at least until the day after the inauguration of Joe Biden on Wednesday.
    The South China Morning Post and the Economic Times of India have both recently reported that the Chinese Communist Party has withdrawn as many as 10,000 soldiers from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the official name for the Chinese border with India. The Morning Post reported, citing unnamed “sources and reports” Tuesday, that the move was allegedly the product of the Chinese military concluding that conflict with India would be unlikely during the winter. The LAC lies in extremely difficult-to-navigate mountainous terrain, prone to intense blizzards and avalanches. Even in the summer months, the snowy geography requires significant military training. The move, if confirmed, follows a turbulent half-year in the Himalayas for both China and India. In June, at the height of summer, a brawl erupted between soldiers from both countries, prompted by Indian troops discovering Chinese soldiers present illegally within India. In response to questioning from the Indian border troops, the Chinese reportedly attacked them with rocks and sticks. The incident resulted in tremendous military embarrassment for China, as the Indian Army reportedly killed twice as many, about 40, Chinese soldiers...
    By Karen Lema and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA (Reuters) - Some Philippine soldiers and cabinet ministers have already received COVID-19 vaccine injections, officials said on Monday, despite an absence of regulatory approval that the country's health ministry said was vital to ensure safety. Interior minister, Eduardo Ano, said some cabinet members have already received COVID-19 vaccines and army chief, Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, said some troops had been vaccinated but the number was not large. Neither said what brand of vaccine was administered. The health ministry in a statement said all vaccines must first be evaluated by experts, and "only vaccines which have been approved and found to be safe should be administered". Food and Drug Administration head Rolando Enrique Domingo said Philippine regulators have yet to approve any COVID-19 vaccine, making any importation, distribution and sale of one illegal. Domingo warned the public that unapproved vaccines exposed them to "all sorts of dangers" and told CNN Philippines that side effects were possible "especially if you don't know how these things have been handled". So far only Pfizer has applied...
    This is the moment 'drunk' Russian soldiers smashed a high-speed armoured vehicle through  a barbed wire perimeter wall at Volgograd airport after racing along roads at 55mph. The video shows how the armoured vehicle with a 100 mm gun and a 30 mm automatic cannon smashes through the metal fence of the airport. Corporal Alexander Zherebtsov, 29, had alarmed locals driving his BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle at 55 mph on a busy street. Corporal Alexander Zherebtsov, 29 was driving  the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle at at 55 mph The video shows him smashing it  through Volgograd International Airport's  metal fence He narrowly missed a house in Gumrak and smashed through a pile of chopped firewood before making a sharp turn across waste ground towards Volgograd International Airport. With him in the armoured vehicle was a conscript, private Dmitry Nirozneskov. One onlooker, a railway worker, said: 'We raised our heads and saw a BMP-3 which was literally flying.' Another said: 'I thought from the noise a plane was falling out of the sky, but when I turned around, I saw an...
    HOLYOKE (CBS) – The former superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home spoke before Congress Wednesday. Paul Barabani retired in 2016, and he said he warned of a lack of proper staffing in the home. “I often ask what if they had listened to my requests for additional staff and the creation of individual rooms in the renovation? How many of these deaths may have been prevented?” Barabani asked. The congressional committee, which included Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal is investigating how states have responded to outbreaks at veterans’ homes. “These conversations cannot occur just in Boston,” said Neal. A total of 76 veterans who tested positive for coronavirus died between March 25 and June 12. In addition, 18 veterans died and tested negative or weren’t tested. It was one of the deadliest outbreaks in the country.
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