Georgia

Women newly welcome at Ranger School

The Army announced that it is opening its legendary Ranger School to women on a full-time basis, following the historic graduation last month of two female soldiers. The school at Fort Benning, Ga., has been a centerpiece of the military’s ongoing research on integrating women into more jobs in combat units.

 

Washington, D.C.

Court outlines new path to NSA challenge

A judge laid out a way to revive a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency’s domestic telephone records surveillance program, days after a U.S. appeals court ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon, who has called the NSA program “almost Orwellian,” said that plaintiffs could amend their case immediately to include customers of a Verizon unit that participated in the program.

 

Thailand

Bombing suspect had Chinese passport

Thai police said that their main suspect in a deadly attack on a Bangkok shrine has a Chinese passport. If confirmed, that information would strengthen the case that the Aug. 17 bombing of the Erawan Shrine — which killed 20 people — was connected to the political grievances of Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people.

 

Iraq

Turkish citizens kidnapped in Baghdad

Masked men in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish citizens in Baghdad in a brazen operation that laid bare serious security gaps in the heavily defended city. Officials said the 18 are employed by Nurol Insaat, a Turkish construction company contracted to build a sports complex in Sadr City.

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