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U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides: admiral

By Warren Strobel TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, citing the effects of more than a decade of "hard combat." The number of special operations forces committing suicide has held at record highs for the past two years, said Admiral William McRaven, who leads the Special Operations Command.

UN kicks off delayed review of US rights record

A UN watchdog body on Thursday kicked off a review of the United States' human rights record, five months after Washington's government shutdown forced it to put the session on ice. The UN Human Rights Committee quizzed a US delegation on a huge raft of issues spanning National Security Agency surveillance, the "war on terror", racial discrimination in the justice system, police brutality, and treatment of illegal immigrants.

Pentagon wants to keep war chest despite Afghan exit

The Pentagon wants to keep its $80-billion war chest even though most or all US troops are to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of this year, officials said Tuesday. "Overseas contingency operations" funds are separate from the main Pentagon budget and have financed wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade. When President Barack Obama came into office, his deputies vowed to shift war spending back into the Pentagon's main budget.

Pentagon plans little change to war budget despite Afghan exit

The Pentagon has proposed only a slight decrease in war funding in 2015, even though most or all US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, officials said Tuesday. "Overseas contingency operations" funds are separate from the Pentagon's "base" budget and have been used to finance wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade. After President Barack Obama came into office, his deputies vowed to shift the war spending back into the Pentagon's main budget.

Pentagon plans little change to war budget despite Afghan exit

The Pentagon has proposed only a slight decrease in war funding in 2015, even even though most or all US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, officials said Tuesday. "Overseas contingency operations" funds are separate from the Pentagon's "base" budget and have been used to finance wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade. After President Barack Obama came into office, his deputies vowed to shift the war spending back into the Pentagon's main budget.

Pentagon plans $80 bln war budget despite Afghan exit

The Pentagon has proposed $79.4 billion in war funding in 2015 even though most or all US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, officials said Tuesday. "Overseas contingency operations" funds are separate from the Pentagon's "base" budget and have been used to finance wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade. After President Barack Obama came into office, his deputies vowed to shift the war spending back into the Pentagon's main budget.

Delaware doctor convicted in 'waterboarding' trial

By Lacey Johnson GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A Delaware jury found a prominent pediatrician and best-selling author guilty on Thursday of endangering his stepdaughter in a trial featuring testimony that he subjected the girl to a form of waterboarding to punish her. Dr. Melvin Morse, an author on near-death experiences who has appeared on "Oprah" and "Good Morning America," could face up to 10 years in prison.

Doctor in Delaware waterboarding trial admits injuring stepdaughter

By Lacey Johnson GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter admitted in court on Tuesday to injuring the girl by dragging her over a gravel driveway in what he described as a moment of carelessness. Dr. Melvin Morse, a best-selling author on near-death experiences, is standing trial on child endangerment charges dating back to July 2012 when police were called to his home over the driveway incident.

Doctor in Delaware waterboarding trial admits injuring stepdaughter

By Lacey Johnson GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter admitted in court on Tuesday to injuring the girl by dragging her over a gravel driveway in what he described as a moment of carelessness. Dr. Melvin Morse, a best-selling author on near-death experiences, is standing trial on child endangerment charges dating back to July 2012 when police were called to his home over the driveway incident.

Doctor in Delaware waterboarding trial admits to injuring stepdaughter

By Lacey Johnson GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter admitted in court on Tuesday to injuring the girl by dragging her over a gravel driveway in what he described as a moment of carelessness. Dr. Melvin Morse, 60 years old and a best-selling author on near-death experiences, is standing trial on child endangerment charges dating back to July 2012 when police were called to his home over the driveway incident.
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