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7 Million Afghans Voted, Says DoD

The report praises the Afghan security forces but also warns of potential security threats when international support is expected to end at the end of the year.

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Cost Of Afghan Reconstruction Sets Record

Since the last Quarterly report was issued January 30th of this year, $31 billion has been spent by the U.S. in efforts to rebuild Afghanistan.

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Pentagon To Review Hairstyle Policy Following Criticism

In a letter sent to Secretary Hagel earlier this month, lawmakers said “African American women have often been required to meet unreasonable norms as it relates to acceptable standards of grooming in the workplace.”

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Former Blue Angels Officer Under Investigation For Sexual Harassment

Former Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels, the Navy’s acrobatic fighter squadron, Capt. Gregory McWherter has since been reassigned.

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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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What’s Next For LGBT Activist Campaigns?

TRNS examines the future of LGBT activism following last week’s historic same-sex marriage ruling.

The World in 2:00 – July 3, 2015

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Recapping the latest developments in blasphemy, idolatry and defamation from Egypt to Iceland, Saudi Arabia to FIFA’s executive offices.

Friday, July 3

● June yields a glowing job creation report

● BP to settle oil spill for $18.7 billion

● Pakistan weapons trail began in Maryland pizzeria

● Court victory evaporates for unpaid interns

● Indiana sex offenders bring suit to pray

● Divestiture ordered for supermarket merger

Women In Tech: Brit Morin

The founder and CEO of Brit + Co. discusses homemaking in the digital age.

The Day Ahead – July 3, 2015

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The U.K. pays tribute to 30 of its citizens killed in Tunisia last week and a Russian rocket blasts off to resupply the ISS after Sunday’s SpaceX explosion

Pentagon: Drone Strike Kills ISIL Leader

Another ISIL member was also killed in the strike.