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In this May 28, 2019, photo, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, second left, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for talks in Moscow, Russia. U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since last September when President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) **FILE**

House panel chairman puts onus on Taliban for peace in Afghanistan

- The Washington Times

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Friday that while the Taliban’s reported commitment to lower violence in Afghanistan is a “positive step,” he is dissatisfied with the lack of information about the agreement that has been shared with Congressional leaders.

In this Tuesday, May 28, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump greets to U.S. servicemen at U.S. Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp at the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Navy punishes sailors for wearing MAGA-like patches

- The Washington Times

The Navy has punished sailors who wore patches on their uniforms that were inspired by President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan during his 2019 Memorial Day visit to the USS Wasp in Japan.

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Russian defense minister visits Serbia amid Balkan tensions

- Associated Press

Russian military cooperation with Serbia has reached a “fundamentally” new level, Russia’s defense minister said Monday as he visited his Balkan ally amid rising tensions in the volatile region.

Suicide bomber in SW Pakistan kills 8 at Islamist rally

Associated Press

A powerful suicide bombing killed eight people and wounded 16 others in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province on Monday, local police said, when it struck an Islamist rally in the regional capital.

Suspect in Norway mosque attack charged with terror

Associated Press

A Norwegian man suspected of killing his stepsister and then storming an Oslo mosque with firearms “with the intention to kill as many Muslims as possible” was formally charged Monday with murder and terror.

India's top court grants equal rights to women in army

- Associated Press

India’s top court on Monday ordered the federal government to grant permanent commission and command positions to female officers in the army on par with men, asserting that the government's arguments against the policy were based on gender stereotypes.

Aussie court says police raid legal, raising secrecy fears

- Associated Press

The Australian Federal Court ruled Monday that a police raid last year on the country’s national broadcaster was legal, prompting fears of increasing secrecy in Australia's institutions.

Buses carrying American passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. A group of Americans are cutting short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be whisked back to America. But they will have to spend another quarantine period at a U.S. military facility to make sure they don't have the new virus that's been sweeping across Asia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

U.S. evacuates coronavirus cruise ship passengers

- The Washington Times

American passengers from a cruise ship docked in Japan on which about 400 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed will be flown to a pair of military bases in the United States, Department of Defense officials confirmed Sunday.

Navy tests whether drone ship can protect Norfolk station

- Associated Press

Large cargo ships, small fishing boats and other watercraft sail safely past Naval Station Norfolk every day, but there’s always a possibility that terrorists could use any one to attack the world’s largest naval base.

Sri Lanka asks US to review travel ban on its army chief

- Associated Press

Sri Lanka asked the United States on Sunday to review its decision to impose a travel ban on the island nation's army chief, who has been accused of grave human rights abuses during the final stage of the country's civil war that ended 11 years ago.

Masked Hamas militants wave their green flags during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Arabic on the headband reads " a headband with Arabic that reads: "No God but Allah and Muhammed is his messenger, al-Qassam Brigades" (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Israeli army: Hamas hackers tried to 'seduce' soldiers

- Associated Press

The Israeli military on Sunday said it has thwarted an attempt by the Hamas militant group to hack soldiers' phones by posing as young, attractive women on social media, striking up friendships and persuading them into downloading malware.