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Hagel Announces 11 Days Of Furloughs

The number is down from the initially planned 14 days.

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U.S. Leads World In Detainee Detention Practices, Claims DoD Official

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rule of Law and Detainee Policy William K. Lietzau emphasized that the U.S. “played a leadership role in the safe and humane custody of detainees in wartime.”

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Prosecutor Refuses To Turn Over Air Force Sexual Battery Charges

Arlington County prosecutor Theo Stamos said Wednesday that her office has taken cases against the military in the past and sees no reason to turn over the latest simply because it is a more high profile legal matter.

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Hagel Orders Immediate Steps To Combat Sexual Assault

“Sexual assault is a despicable crime and one of the most serious issues facing this department. It is a threat and safety to the welfare of our people,” Hagel said.

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Obama Condemns Sexual Assault In The Military, Calls For “Consequences”

The President’s remarks come just days after the officer tasked with overseeing the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention program was arrested for allegedly committing sexual battery.

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Hagel ‘Outraged’ Over Air Force Officer’s Alleged Sexual Battery

Lt. Col Jeffrey Krusinski was removed from his post and taken into custody just after midnight on Saturday in Arlington, Virginia after being accused of grabbing a woman’s breast and buttocks.

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Hagel Welcomes Kerry To Pentagon For First Meeting

“This is the first time that both the sitting Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense are Vietnam War combat veterans,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little noted.

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U.S. Considering Arming Syrian Rebels

Hagel said that he is in favor of “exploring options and seeing what is the best.”

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Petraeus Takes Second Academic Post

Petraeus announced last month that he would also be assuming the role of visiting professor at City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College.

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Hagel Holds Meeting With Arms Executives To Discuss Budget Cuts

The DoD is currently faced with cutting $41 billion from its current budget.

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Security Council Condemns Downing Of UN Copter In South Sudan

A Russian Mi-8AMT helicopter, pictured in the Central African Republic in June 2014. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

Three Russian crewmen were killed on Tuesday when their cargo helicopter was shot down in South Sudan’s oil-producing Unity State.

Mother Pleads For Release Of American Journalist In ISIS Captivity

Photo/Al Arabiya

“Steven has no control over the actions of the U.S. government. He’s an innocent journalist,” Sotloff says in the video. “I ask you to please release my child.”

LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – August 27, 2014

The World in 2:00

Marijuana in China: As demand grows, Chinese authorities embrace new surveillance technology while continuing practice of executions.

A Carbon Tax Is Absolutely Essential

Putting a price on carbon encourages less fossil fuel extraction and a rapid move to clean and green energy.

Poll: Party Identification Split In North Carolina

The state hosts a major Senate race leading up to the 2014 midterms.

Report: White House To Skip Over Congress With Global Climate Initiative

And Republicans aren’t happy about it.