Monday, December 26, 2016

Stars and Stripes Daily Headlines

US troops in Iraq find family away from home on Christmas
U.S. servicemembers celebrating the holidays at the Combined Joint Operations Center in Irbil, Iraq, were treated to a special mealon Sunday.

German, British soldiers commemorate WWI Christmas Truce on Kabul soccer field
In Sunday’s match, soldiers took to the pitch — a soccer field long ago transformed into a helicopter landing zone — for two 20-minute halves.

Massive WWII bomb is defused in Augsburg, Germany
Explosives experts on Sunday defused a large World War II aerial bomb in the southern German city of Augsburg — clearing the way for thousands of evacuated residents to return to their Christmas celebrations at home.

Russian investigators search for clues to cause of Black Sea jet crash
Backed by ships, helicopters and drones, Russian rescue teams searched Sunday for victims after a Russian plane carrying 92 people to Syria crashed into the Black Sea shortly after takeoff. Investigators said they were looking into every possible cause for the crash, including a terror attack.

Inventor delivers battery-powered prosthetic arms to Walter Reed
Inventor Dean Kamen this week helped announce a $300 million research project aimed at generating human-like tissue to be used in organ and limb replacement and delivered two of the first prosthetic arms developed by DEKA to Walter Reed.

Scholars team up to dispel 400-year-old myths, assumptions about US
As the U.S. gears up to mark the 400th anniversary of its roots as a nation, leading scholars from around the globe are teaming up to dispel myths and challenge long-held assumptions about how the country was settled.

Under a veil of holiday secrecy, Navy ships return from deployment
Friends and family greeted about 1,000 sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, one of three ships that returned from a six-month deployment Saturday.

Pope wishes Christmas peace for those scarred by war, terrorism
Decrying the suffering in Syria, Pope Francis on Sunday wished Christmas peace and hope for all those scarred by war and terrorism, which he said is sowing "fear and death in the heart of many countries and cities."

Anti-refugee sentiment from national election spills over to states
The push to restrict refugee resettlements and immigration in the U.S. that figured so prominently in Donald Trump's election is now headed to states that are preparing to convene their legislative sessions early next year, immigration advocates said.

Turkey moves arms to Syria border, seeks Trump's backing in war
Turkey's military deployed tanks and guns on the Syrian border as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged joint action with the Trump administration against Islamic State in its de facto capital, Raqqa.

These Afghans fled to Germany for a safer, better life — now they've been sent back
Javed Hakimi, Mohsen Amiri and Navid Mohammedi were among 45 unhappy passengers who arrived in Kabul under guard on a charter flight from Frankfurt last week. It was the first of many such flights that are expected to return thousands of Afghan asylum seekers from Germany under a European Union agreement with President Ashraf Ghani.


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