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Japan Seeks Biggest Ever Defense Budget Amid China Concerns

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Thursday, May 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan's Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China. The ministry endorsed a 5.1 trillion yen ($42 billion) budget request Monday for the year beginning next April, up 2.2 pe... more

Afghan Airfields Built for War Seen as Economic Hubs

A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter lands at the NATO air field next to Kabul international airport in Afghanistan on Aug. 17, 2015. Rahmat Gul/AP

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism. The eight airfields, ... more

US Envoy Discusses Afghan Peace Efforts on Pakistan Visit

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ISLAMABAD -- U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Pakistani leaders during a visit to the country on Sunday to discuss efforts to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban which were suspended after the announcement of the death of longtime Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. Pakistan had hosted a previous... more

Quilts of Valor Exhibit Moving Museum Visitors to Tears

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PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A new exhibit at the National Quilt Museum is moving visitors to tears. The Paducah Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1ErvlU1) "To Honor and Comfort: Quilts of Valor" exhibits quilts made for veterans, and each one comes with a story. They include people who have lost loved ones to war and others who simply want to do something mea... more

Sheppard Air Force Base Group Trains to Honor Veteran Funerals

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WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Honoring a life of service for current and former airmen is a solemn and important duty. The Sheppard Air Force Base Honor Guard is made up of men and women from force and support squadrons who attend rigorous training to perfect every detail of the heavily symbolic military ceremony. Members sometimes come to the group ... more

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