March 2, 2014 |
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Tens of thousands of students and other opponents of the Venezuelan government filled the streets of the capital Sunday, putting a damper on President Nicolas Maduro's hopes that a mandated holiday might bring a respite to weeks of protests. The march originated at four points near universities in Caracas that have been opposition hotbeds and converged on the Chacaito barrio where opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was arrested Feb. 18 for alleged incitement to violence.
February 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A former Salvadoran general accused of overseeing the torture and killing of thousands of civilians during a 12-year civil war appealed a U.S. deportation order Thursday on the grounds that his nation's anti-communist campaign was backed and funded by the American government. An attorney for Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who was El Salvador's defense minister and leader of the National Guard in the 1980s, repeatedly cited the U.S. support for his country's right-wing government during its war against leftist guerrillas.
February 4, 2014 |
Hundreds of National Guard recruiters and soldiers are under investigation for illegally taking more $29 million in bonuses for signing up recruits at the height of the Iraq war. Army investigators say that an outside contractor paid $700 to $1,200 bonuses even when the recipients had no role in signing up recruits. The Army shut down the program in 2012. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), whose subcommittee is holding a hearing on the case Tuesday, called it "one of the biggest fraud investigations in Army history.
January 31, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Suicides among soldiers on active duty dropped steeply last year but went up among those in the National Guard and reserves, according to Army data, suggesting discrepancies in efforts to stem the epidemic of soldiers taking their own lives. About 150 active-duty soldiers committed suicide last year, down from 185 in 2012, the highest annual number on record, according to statistics provided Friday by the Army. But 151 members of the National Guard and Army Reserves not on active duty also took their own lives in 2013, up from 140 the previous year.
November 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the head of the National Guard “to take immediate action” to ensure that same-sex spouses of guard personnel in nine states - including Texas, Florida and South Carolina - are allowed to register for full benefits an receive identification cards giving them access to military bases in keeping with a Pentagon policy that went into effect in September. Despite the new policy, National Guard commanders in those nine states, which do not permit same-sex marriages, have refused to register gay spouses at guard installations.
October 24, 2013 |
Two U.S. National Guard soldiers were wounded in a shooting at a National Guard armory near Memphis, Tenn., shortly after noon Thursday, officials said. Officials said a suspect, a National Guard member, was apprehended by fellow service members before Millington police arrived and was taken into custody. The two service members were each shot once, one in the foot and the other in the leg, officials said. The injuries were not expected to be life-threatening. The Naval Support Activity Mid-South facility next to the National Guard armory was put on lockdown as a precaution, the U.S. Navy's official account tweeted.