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Colombia: 1,000 Venezuelan Forces Deserted Since February

About 1,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces have fled to Colombia since last month, giving up weapons and uniforms as they abandoned the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Colombian authorities said Monday.    Colombia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released the updated number of Venezuelan police and military personnel who crossed the border, many around the time of a Feb. 23 attempt by opposition leader Juan Guaido to deliver U.S.-provided humanitarian aid to… Read Full Article

UN: Envoy Urges DRC to Form New Government Soon

The United Nations' top official in the Democratic Republic of Congo has urged President Felix Tshisekedi to form a new government without delay, as the country continues its first peaceful transition of power in its nearly 60 years as an independent nation.  "We cherish the hope that the new government will shortly be established and operational," the head of the U.N. mission in DRC, Leila Zerrougui, told a meeting of the Security Council on Monday. "Indeed, the expectations of the Congolese… Read Full Article

US Government, Intel Aim for Nation's Fastest Computer 

A U.S. government-led group is working with chipmaker Intel and Cray to develop and build the nation's fastest computer by 2021 for conducting nuclear weapons and other research, officials said Monday. The Department of Energy and the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago said they were working on a supercomputer dubbed Aurora with Intel, the world's biggest supplier of data center chips, and Cray, which specializes in the ultra-fast machines.  The $500 million contract for the project… Read Full Article

Third Brexit vote must be different - Speaker

Ministers warn of a crisis after John Bercow says MPs cannot vote again on motion they rejected last week.

Algeria's Bouteflika Defies Pressure to Step Down Immediately

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday again defied mass protests calling for his immediate resignation, insisting on a plan to elect a successor only after a national conference and new constitution is approved. Bouteflika, 82, last week bowed to demonstrators who say he unfit to run Algeria by announcing he had reversed a decision to stand for another term. But he stopped short of stepping down and postponed elections due in April, in effect extending his current term until a new… Read Full Article

USS Chief Visits Manila during Regional Operations

MANILA, Philippines -- The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in

F-35 Multilateral Conference Sets Stage for Operational Integration in Indo-Pacific

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- F-35 subject matter experts from the United States,

French Military Minister Expresses Concern About Long-term US Commitment to NATO

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Monday that Europe was concerned about the United States' long-term commitment to NATO and implicitly criticized President Donald Trump's approach towards the military alliance. Trump, as the alliance's de facto leader, has made defense spending a priority after years of defense cuts following the 1945-90 Cold War. He has questioned NATO's value to Washington. "What Europeans are worried about is this: will the U.S. commitment be perennial… Read Full Article

Nebraska Floods Inundate Military Bases, Cut Off Nuclear Plant

Flooding that killed three people in Nebraska and Iowa has cut roads to a nuclear power plant and inundated a significantportion of a major U.S. Air Force base, while more of region's residents faced the possibility of evacuation on Monday. The floods, which prompted each state's governor to declare a state of emergency, are the result of last week's "bomb cyclone" winter storm, which blew in from the western Rocky Mountains. At least one person was missing after hundreds of weekend rescues… Read Full Article

599th Facilitates Cargo Offload at Honolulu Harbor

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The 599th Transportation Brigade facilitated port operations on the M/V Jean