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NYPD Cuts Muslim Surveillance Program

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UPI | Apr 16, 2014

The New York Police Department will be discontinuing the activities of the Zone Assessment unit, a program that spied on Muslims after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. NYPD Chief Bill Bratton announced the end of the unit that has been spying on Muslim-Americans in their own communities. The unit has been largely inactive since January but had previ... more

Air Force Tweaks Force Shaping Plan | Apr 16, 2014

The Air Force is back in force shaping mode with new windows for applying for early retirement or separation and expanded waivers that open the programs to previously ineligible officers. The service called a "strategic pause" to its early retirement and separation programs in March to consider changes. The programs are intended to ultimatel... more

Breedlove Shifts Forces East to Counter Russia

NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe Philip M. Breedlove addresses the media at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe) | Apr 16, 2014

NATO's commander announced limited and temporary steps Wednesday to bolster alliance defenses against Russia as Ukraine struggled to regain control of separatist eastern cities. The announcement by Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove came as Ukrainian forces failed to push pro-Russian militants out of eastern Ukraine. Near the eastern town of S... more

Japan Prepares End to Ban on Defending Allies

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Stars and Stripes | Apr 16, 2014

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan -- Japan is poised to introduce a plan that would allow its forces to defend allies for the first time in the post-World War II era, even as polls indicate public opposition to a reinterpretation of the nation's pacifist constitution. Advisers to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government say the legal maneuvers t... more

Official: Iran Will Not Discuss Missile Program

Associated Press | Apr 16, 2014

TEHRAN, Iran — Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday. The remarks by Gen. Hossein Dehghan came as a rebuff of recent comments by U.S. State Department's nuclear negotiator, Wendy Sherman, wh... more

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