'Jumanji' boosts January box office sales as military drama '12 Strong' takes No. 2

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" outdid another weekend's worth of newcomers to top the North American box office for the third straight weekend, making the surprise hit the fifth-highest grossing film of all time for Sony Pictures.

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Same-sex active-duty couple marries at West Point

Two Army captains who met at West Point have returned there to be married, in what is believed to be the first same-sex marriage of active-duty personnel at the storied New York military academy.


Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay

Vice President Mike Pence, weighing in from the Middle East on the shutdown in Washington, accused the U.S. Congress of playing politics with military pay, and told American soldiers stationed near the Syrian border that the Trump administration would dem


Report: Avalanche kills 2 soldiers, injures 7 in Turkey

A Turkish media report says Turkish troops conducting military operations in Turkey's southeast have been hit by an avalanche.

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Khe Sanh veterans recall Vietnam battle's start 50 years ago Sunday

Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the start of one of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War – the Battle of Khe Sanh.

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Government shutdown to prevent US troops overseas from watching NFL playoff games

U.S. troops stationed overseas found out Saturday that the government shutdown might have an unexpected impact on them: It might block them from seeing telecasts of Sunday’s NFL conference championship games.

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Government shutdown to prevent U.S. troops overseas from watching NFL playoff games

U.S. troops stationed overseas slammed the government shutdown on Saturday after finding out that it might cause them to miss Sunday’s NFL conference championship games.

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Military chopper crash in Calif. leaves 2 dead

A routine training mission at Fort Irwin turns deadly.


US destroyer sails near contested reef in South China Sea angering Beijing

A U.S. Navy warship sailed close to a contested reef west of the Philippines this week, drawing the ire of Beijing which issued a statement Saturday accusing the U.S. of trespassing in its territorial waters.


Turkish military 'retaliates' against fire from Syrian Kurds

Turkey's military says it has retaliated against fire into Turkey from across the border in a Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest Syria.

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US competitive warfighting edge has slipped, says Mattis

Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities.


US military teams up with Silicon Valley to revolutionize the battlefield

The U.S. military, which has been criticized for relying on outdated technology and aging equipment, is partnering with Silicon Valley to step up its game on the battlefield.


Mattis: US military advantage over China and Russia 'eroding'

The U.S. military's advantage over Russia and China is "eroding," according to an unclassified summary of the Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy unveiled Friday by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Washington. The document also says that ISIS no longe

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US says airstrike in Somalia kills 4 members of al-Shabab

The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed four members of the al-Shabab extremist group.

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Pakistan's ace in poker match with US: Afghan air routes

As bad as President Donald Trump describes U.S.-Pakistani ties today, they can get far worse.


Soldiers, military police move into 4 Rio de Janeiro slums

Brazilian officials say more than 3,000 soldiers and military police officers have moved into four big slums in Rio de Janeiro seeking to arrest drug traffickers and hunt for the men suspected of gunning down a police inspector last week.


Australia PM Turnbull in Japan for economic, security talks

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has visited a Japanese military training camp outside Tokyo at the start of a one-day visit to Japan.


Tillerson says sanctions 'are really starting to hurt' North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that international sanctions “are really starting to hurt” North Korea, suggesting U.S. military action may not be needed right now.


UN envoy says military forces in Libya are flexing muscles

The U.N. envoy for Libya said Wednesday that military forces "are flexing their muscles in many parts of the country" and the oil-rich nation needs a competent government.


UK helicopters join French counterterror mission in Africa

Britain said Wednesday that it will send three Royal Air Force helicopters to join France's military mission against Islamic militants in Africa's Sahel region as part of closer U.K.-French intelligence and military cooperation.

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Tillerson signals deeper US military commitment in Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence.


Naval base uses unique strategy to combat suicides, stress: A dog

Suicides across the military has steadily increased since 2013 according to the Department of Defense (D.O.D), but a naval clinic on Joint Base Andrews (JBA) has a secret weapon that can sniff out members dealing with extreme stress.

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Cellphone jamming system tested at Maryland prison

Federal prisons officials have tested a jamming technology that officials hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with cellphones.


Palestinian teen to be held until trial for slapping troops

An Israeli military court has denied bail for a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, ordering her held until her trial on charges that she slapped and pushed two Israeli soldiers.


Immigration, now military spending, threaten to shut down government

Democratic and Republican congressional leaders hustled Wednesday to unite enough members of their respective parties to pass a temporary spending bill and avoid a government shutdown before the weekend -- with immigration and now military spending sticki


Reports: Turkish military training plane crashes, killing 3

Turkish media reports say a military training plane has crashed in southwestern Turkey, killing two pilots and a technician on board.


Myanmar army enjoys popularity surge amid Rohingya crackdown

Activist Nyo Tun spent 10 years as a political prisoner locked away by Myanmar's military in the notorious Insein prison, where he endured beatings and other cruelty for his efforts to bring democracy.

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Legislation on foreign surveillance clears Senate hurdle

Legislation extending a government program established to gather information from foreigners overseas has cleared a key Senate hurdle.

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Navy files homicide charges against commanders of 2 ships in deadly crashes

The Navy said Tuesday that it is filing negligent homicide charges against the commanders of two ships involved in deadly crashes last year.

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