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More suicides for reservists than active-duty soldiers

(The Wire) The military suicide rate has dropped among active duty service members, but the deaths of Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers increased, new figures from the Defense Department reveal. Reservist suicides increased from 140…

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Berlusconi comments on WW2 death camps spark German anger

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has sparked outrage by saying “for the Germans, concentration camps never existed”. He was referring to a previous gaffe in which he told a German MEP that he could play a Nazi concentration camp guard in a film. His latest comments were at a rally in Milan ahead…

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We have to recognise the huge value of arts and culture to society

Peter Bazalgette: ‘Great art and culture really can be for everyone.’ Photograph: Richard Saker for the Guardian Last week I witnessed the unveiling of an extraordinary sculpture at Heathrow’s new Terminal 2. Slipstream is inspired by the aerodynamic path of a stunt plane and it’s an apparently fluid, 78-metre, 77-ton “whale” of riveted aluminium that’s emerged from the imagination of ...

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Ten years on and Poles are glad to call Britain home

When Poland joined the EU in 2004, a new wave of immigrants arrived. Now in cities like Southampton they are a major factor in the European elections Tomasz Dyl arrived as a 13-year-old boy. Last year he was named as Southampton’s young entrepreneur of the year. Photograph: Victoria Jones/Solent News Ten years after Tomasz Dyl left his small home town ...

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Ten years on and Poles are glad to call Britain home

When Poland joined the EU in 2004, a new wave of immigrants arrived. Now in cities like Southampton they are a major factor in the European elections Tomasz Dyl arrived as a 13-year-old boy. Last year he was named as Southampton’s young entrepreneur of the year. Photograph: Victoria Jones/Solent News Ten years after Tomasz Dyl left his small home town ...

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Valuable lessons learned from 2012 tragedy in Afghanistan

CAMP MIKE SPANN, Afghanistan — The soldiers weren’t expecting to see themselves in the briefing. Paratroopers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment were in Bagram, taking the same classes all U.S. troops take when they come into the country. And there they were, in a computer-generated reenactment meant to warn the soldiers about attacks from Afghans posing ...

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Valuable lessons learned from 2012 tragedy in Afghanistan

CAMP MIKE SPANN, Afghanistan — The soldiers weren’t expecting to see themselves in the briefing. Paratroopers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment were in Bagram, taking the same classes all U.S. troops take when they come into the country. And there they were, in a computer-generated reenactment meant to warn the soldiers about attacks from Afghans posing ...

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Afghan election appears headed for June runoff

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s presidential elections are headed for a runoff after full preliminary results released Saturday showed the front-runners failed to win to a majority and avoid a second round of voting. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah garnered 44.9 percent of the vote, followed by ex-Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai with 31.5 percent, said election commission chairman Ahmad ...

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Afghan election appears headed for June runoff

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s presidential elections are headed for a runoff after full preliminary results released Saturday showed the front-runners failed to win to a majority and avoid a second round of voting. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah garnered 44.9 percent of the vote, followed by ex-Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai with 31.5 percent, said election commission chairman Ahmad ...

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Emergency crews take part in major Thames crash exercise

Over 220 blue light service personnel are dealing with the enacted disaster at a “crash site” set up in a building by the Thames in east London to test emergency response procedures. To add realism to the scenario, a real fuselage from a Boeing 737 aircraft has been partially covered using 400 tonnes of rubble and real flame and smoke ...

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