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Russian Military Helicopter Crashes During Air Show, One Dead

A Russian Mi-28 attack helicopter, like the one shown here, crashed Aug. 2 during an airshow about 100 miles southeast of Moscow, killing one of its crewmembers and injuring another. (Photo Russian Helicopters)

MOSCOW -- Russia's Defense Ministry says one of its helicopter gunships has crashed during an air show, killing one of its crew members and injuring another. The ministry said the Mi-28 helicopter gunship was part of a flight of helicopters performing aerobatics at the Dubrovichi firing range in Ryazan region, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) s... more

US-Led Raids Destroy ISIS Bridges on Iraq-Syria Border

An Iraqi soldier is seen monitoring the Iraq-Syria point at Albu Kamal in 2012. (Photo Azhar Shallal/AFP/File)

US-led coalition air strikes destroyed early Friday two key bridges used by the Islamic State group on the Syrian side of the Iraqi border, a monitoring group said. The Pentagon confirmed strikes in the area, and a senior US officer said they will have a "profound impact" on IS abilities to carry out operations in the neighbouring and strategic... more

Japan Releases Digital Version of Emperor's World War II-Ending Speech

A container that stored the orignal vinyls of the master recording of late Japanese Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender speech. (Photo Imperial Household Agency/AFP)

The master recording of Emperor Hirohito's speech announcing Japan's World War II surrender has been brought back to life in digital form ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. The Imperial Household Agency on Saturday released the original audio from the vinyl master records of Hirohito's radio broadcast on August 15, 1945. The ... more

VA May Accept Applications for New Identification Card in September

Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Affairs Department could start processing applications for the new veteran identification card by the second half of September. Created by an act of Congress last month, the card is intended as a way for veterans to prove they served in the military without having to carry around and present a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Disc... more

Mixed Messages on Russian Sale of Warships to France

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony marking Navy Day in Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region on July 26, 2015 (Photo Mikhail Klimentyev/Ria Novosti/AFP)

Russia has reached a compensation deal with France for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, a Kremlin aide has said, but Paris on Friday denied that a final agreement has been hammered out. The fate of the two Mistral helicopter carriers has plagued Franco-Russian ties for more than a year, following Paris' decision in November to put the ... more

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