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CIA Contender Under Investigation

Vickers is widely seen as a possible replacement for David Petraeus at the CIA.

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U.S. Sends 400 Troops To Turkey Amid Syrian Threat

The U.S. announced Friday that 400 personnel and two Patriot Missile units will be sent to Turkey in order to deflect potential threats from nearby Syria.

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Troops On Heightened Alert Following North Korean Missile Launch

The soliders are working 24 shifts — 24 hours on, 24 hours off — as a precautionary measure in the wake of the launch, which some experts say is a step in North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear missile.

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Panetta: Syrians Won’t Use Chemical Weapons On Their Own

On a plane ride to Kuwait Tuesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said no new intelligence showed that the Syrian government would use chemical weapons on its own citizens during its ongoing crisis.

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Gen. Lloyd Austin Headed To CENTCOM

Austin, who had previously served as the U.S. commander in the waning days of the Iraq war, will oversee military involvement in the Middle East.

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Israeli Defense Minister: Sanctions Working, But Not Well Enough

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that the sanctions imposed against Iran are working, but will likely not be enough to stop the country from developing into a nuclear threat.

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Report: White House Considering Chuck Hagel For Natl. Security Role

The White House is considering tapping retired Republican Senator Chuck Hagel (Neb.) for a national security position, according to Foreign Policy.

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Panetta Orders Ethics Review For Top Officers

Amid a series of scandals that have tinged senior members of the Armed Forces, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered a review of ethical conduct among the country’s top officers. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey will head the process by working with the service chiefs to ensure that the military […]

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Army General Demoted After Misusing Funds

General William E. Ward, who until 2011 headed U.S. Africa Command, will be demoted before retiring after he was found to have misused hundreds of thousands of dollars on unauthorized travel. The move, announced by the Pentagon Tuesday evening, demotes Ward from a four-star Major General to a three-star Lieutenant General. In addition, Ward will […]

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Obama Standing By Allen

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today that President Obama “has faith” in Gen. John Allen, the U.S. top Commander in Afghanistan who is apparently linked to the email scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus last week. Carney added that the president “thinks very highly” of Allen, who Obama nominated to […]

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Vice News Correspondent Captured By Russian Militants In Ukraine

Simon Ostrovsky was reporting from the eastern city of Sloviansk when he was seized by pro-Russian separatists.

Gary Johnson Open To 2016 Run

“I hope to be able to run in 2016,” Johnson said during a Q&A session on Reddit.

Paul Hits Back At Dole

“When you have people who are career politicians, they’ve been beaten down by the system.”

TRNS News Notes — 4/23/14

News Notes

Ukraine: Kerry warns Lavrov

U.S. soldiers to Baltics

Obama / China: war of words?

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● Family leave expansion promoted

● College sued for religious discrimination

South Korea Fears Nuclear Test From The North Ahead Of Obama Visit

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“We confirm that we have spotted several activities related to the nuclear test in Punggye-ri in North Korea,” the South Korean Defense Ministry said Tuesday.