Saturday, March 23, 2013

Stars and Stripes Daily Headlines: After decade of war, troops still struggling to find work and other news

[img]After decade of war, troops still struggling to find work
This is what the end of a decade of war looked like in Oklahoma a few weeks ago: ex-soldiers in cheap new business suits; human resources managers with salesman smiles and stacks of glossy fliers; a former Marine speaking to a television news crew about the “tough times” and “nightmares” he has had since coming home. 

 
[img]58 killed in Afghanistan violence
At least 58 people were reported killed in Afghanistan on Saturday. In one operation led by Afghan forces, 51 Taliban fighters and three Afghan troops were killed. 

 
[img]US, Afghanistan OK detention center transfer 
The U.S. has reached an agreement with the Afghanistan government to transfer the Parwan Detention Facility to Afghan control, the Pentagon said Saturday, two weeks after negotiations broke down over whether the U.S. would have the power to block the release of some detainees. 

 
[img]US aids Honduran police despite death squad fears
The U.S. State Department, which spends millions of taxpayer dollars a year on the Honduran National Police, has assured Congress that money only goes to specially vetted and trained units that don't operate under the direct supervision of a police chief once accused of extrajudicial killings and "social cleansing." 

 
[img]Iron Man meets HULC as Lockheed enters exoskeletons race
Wearable machines that enhance human muscle power are poised to leave the realm of science fiction and help factory workers hoist heavier tools, lighten soldiers' loads and enable spinal patients to walk. 

 
[img]Key US decision on Cuba terror-designation coming
A normally routine bit of Washington bureaucracy could have a big impact on U.S. relations with Cuba, either ushering in a long-stalled detente or slamming the door on rapprochement, perhaps until the scheduled end of the Castro era in 2018. 
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