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Pentagon Rejects Report Of U.S. Base Overrun By Al-Qaeda

Pentagon officials claim the base was operated by Libyan personnel, not by U.S. forces in secret.

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Hagel Notifies Egypt Of Military Aid, US Certification

This is a relaxation of a partial suspension of aid imposed by the US government after Egypt’s military ousted President Mohamed Mursi cracked down violently on protesters.

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Hagel Departs For Mexico, Guatemala To Emphasize U.S. Commitment

While in Mexico, Hagel will attend the second US-Canada-Mexico North American Defense Ministerial conference to meet with the other defense leaders.

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Hagel Reviews Advances In Prosthetics And Brain-Related Technologies

The additional demonstrations included a cyberwarfare program, a direct close air support system that can be utilized via mobile technology, and advancements to the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)

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U.S. To Send 600 Troops To Eastern Europe For Military Exercises

The troops will be stationed in four countries in efforts to show support to U.S. allies in the region following Russian aggression in Ukraine.

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Hagel Confirms Non-Lethal U.S. Aid For Ukraine

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the U.S. with withhold from providing lethal aide.

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Hagel Phones Ukraine Defense Minister, Pledges Support

This is the first conversation between the defense leaders since Colonel-General Mykhaylo Koval took office March 25th.

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Hagel Meets With Chinese President, Spars With Defense Minister

While Beijing continues to escalate territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues to try to convince China that they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over the disputed islands.

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U.S. Warship Headed To Black Sea Following Increased Tensions In Ukraine

Pro-Russian protesters have occupied Ukrainian government buildings in three major cities, declaring the Eastern region a “people’s republic” and calling for a referendum on secession from Ukraine to be held by May 11.

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Pentagon Defends Military Aid Package To Ukraine

“Russia’s unlawful actions in Ukraine have dire implications for international and regional security and are a paradigm shift
for our relations with Moscow,” said Pentagon official Derek Chollet.

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Senate Passes Fast-track Authority, Moves To Resistant House

The bill moves on to the lower chamber where it faces an inevitable battle from House Democrats.

Senate Rejects Currency Provision

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The failed provision is a win for President Obama who issued a veto threat over the entire fast-track bill if the amendment passed

UN: Women Disproportionately Affected by Nepal Earthquake

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Gender discrimination, a lack of maternal health facilities and poor security in temporary camps is making post-earthquake life difficult for Nepali women.

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UN data shows women disproportionately affected by the Nepal earthquake and Irish voters are poised to legalize same-sex marriage in a national vote today.

Obama Signs Law Granting Congressional Review Of Iran Deal

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Congress will now be able to reject or approve a nuclear deal reached with Iran which is expected to be announced June 30

Obama Reaffirms Support For Israel, Defends Iran Nuclear Action

“It would be a moral failing on my part if we did not stand up firmly, steadfastly not just on behalf of Israel’s right to exist, but its right to thrive and prosper,” Obama said .