U.S. Army mobilizes against lead hazards at bases around globe

By Andrea Januta and Joshua Schneyer FORT BENNING, Georgia, Sept 13 : Inside the gates of the U.S. Army’s Fort Benning, the din of power tools blared this week. Maintenance workers wearing respirators were busy removing old and potentially toxic paint from homes. Plastic tarps surrounded cordoned-off housing, with signs reading, “CAUTION POISON” and “LEAD […]

Pakistan military calls for probe into judge’s claims against spy agency

By Saad Sayeed and Idrees Ali ISLAMABAD, July 22 : Pakistan’s top court on Sunday said it had begun reviewing statements made by a judge alleging the country’s spy agencies were influencing judicial proceedings, as the powerful military called for an investigation. Pakistan’s July 25 general elections have been hit by accusations of pre-poll rigging […]

Pakistan army gets broad election powers at polling stations

By Idrees Ali and Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, July 20 : After a hiatus of five years, Pakistan’s election authorities have granted broad judicial powers to the military at polling stations during next week’s general election. The July 25 election is seen as a two-way race between parties led by former cricket star Imran Khan and […]

Pakistan’s army denies meddling, to deploy 371,000 troops to guard vote

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, July 10 : Pakistan’s army said on Tuesday it will deploy about 371,000 troops to ensure a “fair and free” election on July 25, denying it was rigging the poll to tip the scales in favour of former cricketer Imran Khan. The run-up to the general election has been marred by […]

In long Afghan war, U.S. Army tries new way to deploy trainers

By Phil Stewart FORT BENNING, Ga., Feb 14 : As a U.S. Army medic, Sergeant First Class Jonathan Ortega admits that when he gets to Afghanistan, his instinct will be to help care for any wounded Afghan troops. It is a feeling he will have to fight. Ortega is heading soon to the 16-year-old war […]

Zimbabwe’s army seizes power, Mugabe confined but “safe”

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE, Nov 16 : Zimbabwe’s military seized power on Wednesday saying it was holding President Robert Mugabe and his family safe while targeting “criminals” in the entourage of the man who has ruled the nation since independence 37 years ago. Soldiers seized the state broadcaster and a general appeared on television to […]