Marines News

Hampton VA open house updates veterans on benefits, progress at medical center

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 13:13
Officials with the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center nearly outnumbered the two dozen former service members who came to the facility Wednesday with questions about their benefits.

Snowstorm hits Lebanon, cutting off roads and villages

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 13:11
A snowstorm engulfed Lebanon on the first day of the new year, cutting off mountain roads, isolating villages and worsening living conditions for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

Coast Guard suspends search for man who fell off sailboat

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 13:08
The Coast Guard has suspended a search for a man who fell overboard from a sailboat off Sandy Point State Park.

Yemen pro-government fighters kill al-Qaida leader in south

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 13:04
Pro-government fighters in Yemen attacked and killed a senior al-Qaida leader and three people traveling in his convoy near a security checkpoint in the southern Abyan province on Friday, Yemeni officials said.

Erdogan's office denies advocating Hitler-style rule

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 12:49
The Turkish president's office said Friday that Recep Tayyip Erdogan was not advocating a Hitler-style government when he called for a state system with a strong executive.

Charity to give away free new suits to military vets including active duty

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 12:38
With a son in the Marine Corps and a heart that aches for all military families, Madel O’Neil found her own mission as a volunteer with the H.E.R.O.E.S. Care support program. Recently, O’Neil was asked how many pallets of suits she wanted, and then she soon received a shipment of nearly 300 new men’s suits, 400 dress shirts and dozens of ties, belts and shoes.

At least 1 killed in Kabul restaurant attack; Taliban claim responsibility

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 11:28
An explosion shook central Kabul Friday, part of a deadly attack on a restaurant popular with expats and wealthy Afghans, officials said. The attack comes a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a new effort to restart peace talks with the Taliban.

Half of artifacts from Confederate gunship returned to river

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 11:27
Leather boots, the hilts of swords - even a stray earring - were among the nearly 30,000 artifacts recovered this fall from the wreckage of the sunken ironclad Confederate gunship CSS Georgia.

Camp Lejeune Marine, wrestler Bryce Saddoris USMC male athlete of the year

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 11:25
As the all-time winningest wrestler in the more than a century of the sport at the Naval Academy and the top-ranked 145.5-pounder by USA Wrestling, the 27-year-old Saddoris has seen it all while wearing the singlet. But being named the U.S. Marine Corps male athlete of the year was unexpected for Saddoris, a captain and supply officer stationed at Camp Lejeune.

Influx of teen migrants leads US to open 3 more shelters

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 10:21
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to house up to 1,000 children in a renovated warehouse in the sprawling Federal Center complex in the Denver suburb of Lakewood. Another 800 will be housed at a Job Corps site in Homestead, Florida, and 400 more at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Mark Weber, a spokesman for HHS, which is responsible for overseeing the children's care, said Thursday.

New Hampshire National Guard members return from Middle East

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 09:44
About 120 members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard will be home in time to celebrate the New Year.

Iconic Hanoi Taxi moves to new Air Force museum hangar

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 09:37
For Paul Kari, the U.S. Air Force C-141 Starflifter was a welcome sight after years in captivity and beatings while an American prisoner of war held in Vietnam.

How WWI trench warfare spawned the helmet's revival

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 09:12
At the start of WWI the armies of Europe were stunned by the casualties inflicted by advances in weaponry. The machine gun alone mowed down thousands during the first months of the war. Artillery barrages rained exploding shrapnel down on the unprotected heads. In February 1915, the French army introduced a steel skullcap that gave its soldiers their first defense against the deadly shells.

Defense opposes anonymous jury in February terrorism trial

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 08:53
The lawyer for a Vietnamese man facing a terrorism trial in the United States is urging a judge to reject the government's demands for an anonymous jury.

North Korean leader talks war but doesn't comment on nukes

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 08:48
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in an annual New Year's speech Friday that he was ready for war if provoked by "invasive" outsiders, but he stayed away from past threats involving the country's nuclear weapons and long-range missile ambitions.

Saudi beheadings soar in 2015 under discretionary rulings

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 08:42
Saudi Arabia carried out at least 157 executions in 2015, with beheadings reaching their highest level in the kingdom in two decades, according to several advocacy groups that monitor the death penalty worldwide.

New Year's Eve skyscraper fire in Dubai smolders into 2016

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 08:06
A towering inferno that engulfed a 63-story luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year's Eve burned on into the first morning of 2016 as firefighters worked to douse its embers on Friday.

As 2016 dawns, Europe braces for more waves of migrants

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 07:45
Bitter cold, biting winds and rough winter seas have done little to stem the seemingly endless flow of desperate people fleeing war or poverty for what they hope will be a brighter, safer future in Europe. As 2016 dawns, boatloads continue to reach Greek shores and thousands trudge across Balkan fields and country roads heading north.

Obama to impose new gun control curbs next week

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 06:45
President Barack Obama will meet with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Monday to finalize a set of executive actions on guns that he will unveil next week, according to several individuals briefed on the matter.

Pope: Now's the time to end indifference, 'false neutrality'

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 06:12
Pope Francis on Friday called for an end to the "arrogance of the powerful" that relegates the weak to the outskirts of society, and to the "false neutrality" toward conflicts, hunger and persecution that triggers a sometimes-deadly exodus of refugees.