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U.S., UAE conclude exercises in Arabian Gulf

U.S., UAE conclude exercises in Arabian Gulf

Business
July 1 (UPI) -- The United Arab Emirates' Joint Aviation Command concluded joint exercises in the Arabian Gulf with U.S. forces, the U.S. Marines said on Wednesday. The naval and air training operations were conducted from June 21 to June 25 and centered on the U.S. Navy's USS Lewis B. Pulller, an expeditionary mobile base vessel. Advertisement The operations included tracking and engagement of simulated fast-attack craft, and UAE pilots of CH-47F, Bell 407, AH-64D and UH-60M helicopters completed deck landing qualifications aboard the ship, the U.S. 5th Fleet said in a Twitter message. U.S. planes involved in the exercise included P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft, operating from the AFCENT Warfare Center at Al Dhafra, UAE. The USS Puller is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of oper...
Stock futures drop as U.S. coronavirus cases surge to record levels

Stock futures drop as U.S. coronavirus cases surge to record levels

Finance
Traders wearing masks work inside posts, on the first day of in-person trading since the closure during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 26, 2020.Brendan McDermid | ReutersU.S. stock futures fell on Sunday night as coronavirus cases keep surging in the U.S., stoking concerns about the economic reopening and recovery.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded 178 points lower, or 0.7%. S&P 500 futures slid by 0.7% and Nasdaq-100 futures dipped 0.8%.Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed more than 2.5 million cases have been confirmed across the U.S. On Friday alone, there were 45,255 additional cases were reported, bringing the country's seven-day average to more than 41% from the prio...
Defense Secretary Mark Esper visits NATO with assurance of U.S. commitment

Defense Secretary Mark Esper visits NATO with assurance of U.S. commitment

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June 26 (UPI) -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper reaffirmed U.S.commitment to NATO during a meeting Friday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Although videoconferencing has become standard meeting procedure because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Esper made the trip to Brussels, the Pentagon said. Advertisement The trip comes a week after a videoconference meeting of NATO member defense ministers in which President Donald Trump's decision to reduce U.S. troop strength in Germany was a topic of concern. "At last week's defense ministerial meeting, we also discussed U.S. military presence in Europe, particularly in light of the U.S.plan to reduce its presence in Germany," Stoltenberg said in welcoming remarks. "I welcome that the U.S. is consulting with allies, while making clear that the...
Women’s soccer, return of U.S. team sports highlight weekend schedule

Women’s soccer, return of U.S. team sports highlight weekend schedule

Sports
June 26 (UPI) -- Team sports in the United States return Saturday with the National Women's Soccer League Challenge Cup in Utah. Other leagues, like the PGA Tour, UFC, NASCAR and European soccer also pack the weekend sports slate. Several notable United States Women's National Team players have opted to sit out of the June 27 to July 26 tournament, due to positive COVID-19 tests or as a precaution from the pandemic, but many U.S. and international stars will take the field. Advertisement NWSL Challenge Cup soccer Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press and Carli Lloyd are the most-notable names omitted from rosters for the NWSL Challenge Cup, which marks the return of the league from a COVID-19 suspension. U.S. women's stars Crystal Dunn, Samantha Mewis, Abby Dahlkemper, ...
Pentagon: U.S. soldier died in a non-combat incident in Jordan

Pentagon: U.S. soldier died in a non-combat incident in Jordan

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June 24 (UPI) -- The Pentagon on Wednesday said a U.S. soldier serving in Jordan has died in a non-combat-related incident. In a statement, the Department of Defense identified the soldier as Spc. Nick Bravo-Regules, 20, of Largo, Fla., stating he died Tuesday while performing operations in "the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility." Advertisement "The incident is under investigation," it said. In an email to UPI, the U.S. Army said it was his first deployment. Bravo-Regules was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th ADA Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas. Bravo-Regules was serving in Jordan in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, which, according to the operation's website, began on Oct. 17, 2014, with the mission to defeat the Islamic State terrorist org...