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Islamic vigilantes defend Christmas

"Let the Christians believe that their religion is the absolute truth and let Muslims believe that Islam is the absolute truth." So says the leader of Indonesia's Defenders Front, which is is offering to help protect the sanctity of upcoming Christmas celebrations in the Muslim-majority nation.... Read more»

Mexico

Military takes over policing of Veracruz

Two drug cartels — the Zetas and the Sinaloas — are vying for supremacy in the Mexican port city of Veracruz, and now the entire police force of the drug-violence plagued city is being disbanded and the navy will take over control, federal officials have said.... Read more»

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

D-M drone base pushed by mayor, Giffords' office

Citing the economic impact of 280 new jobs, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild expressed support for a new drone pilot center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on Wednesday. (with video)... Read more»1

More choppers, planes to patrol border as Guard pulls back

The Defense Department will send more helicopters and airplanes to keep watch over the U.S.-Mexico border next year, as the number of National Guard troops working with the Border Patrol is reduced.... Read more»

Sweating bullets: Body scanners see perspiration as potential weapon

While X-ray body scanners used in airports face concerns about potentially increasing cancer cases, a safer type of scanner has been plagued by another problem: a high rate of false alarms. France and Germany have decided to forgo using the scanners because of false alarms triggered by folds in clothing, buttons and even sweat. ... Read more»

Meet the pilots who fly America's drones

It is not at all, participants say, like waging war by Wii. Almost everyone involved with unmanned aerial systems winces when they hear their vehicles called “drones.”... Read more»

Analysis

What's next for North Korea?

Kim Jong Un, the heir apparent of Kim Jong Il, is left with a legacy that he may not be able to fulfill. But can he top is father's brother-in-law?... Read more»

Kim Jong Il dead, N. Korean state media says

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is dead, according to state television from Pyongyang. There are currently no independent reports confirming his death.... Read more»2

Comic: Iraq

The man who ended the war

A few minutes before 8 a.m., the last U.S. combat troops rolled out of Iraq and into Kuwait. Yes, there are thousands of Americans still in Iraq, but "the war" is over. We hope.... Read more»

Drug seizures up, border apprehensions down in Az in 2011

Tucson Sector Border Patrol apprehensions were down more than 40 percent in 2011, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection attributes to technology, improved infrastructure and more employees.... Read more»1

Bradley Manning appears in military court

Bradley Manning was in court in Maryland for a pre-trial hearing Friday, the first time he has appeared in public since his arrest in 2010. The U.S. Army analyst, 23, is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of confidential U.S. documents to WikiLeaks whistleblowers. ... Read more»

'11's top 11

It was a big year, defined by the largest protest movement the Arab World has ever seen and shifting geopolitics around the euro-zone crisis. Global Post chooses its 11 people and things that rocked 2011.... Read more»

U.S. ends mission in Iraq

American forces on Thursday lowered the U.S. flag in Iraq, as the last troops are withdrawn after nearly nine years of war.... Read more»2

Brain injuries need better diagnosis, treatment, experts say

Those who suffer traumatic brain injuries need better diagnosis and treatment, according to experts who spoke at a virtual town hall meeting organized by the office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Wednesday morning.... Read more»

Az joins effort to aid homeless vets

More than 2,200 veterans are homeless in Arizona on any given night, making up one of every five people on the street. Now state and private organizations are joining a national effort to make help available.... Read more»

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