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Chinese Lasers Are Targeting US Pilots, US Officials Say

US has issued a formal complaint over laser use near military base in Djibouti

(Newser) - The Pentagon says the US has issued a formal complaint to China over the use of lasers near the military base in Djibouti that were directed at aircraft and resulted in minor injuries to two American pilots. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says the US is confident that Chinese nationals are... More »

Iron Maiden Frontman Has Interesting New Gig

Bruce Dickinson helps relaunch passenger flights in Djibouti

(Newser) - Djibouti hasn't seen passenger flights in more than a decade—until Thursday, when the lead singer of Iron Maiden flew the first Air Djibouti passenger flight into the small African nation since 2002. In addition to being a heavy metal rocker, Bruce Dickinson is also a pilot and the... More »

US Sending Troops to South Sudan

Americans there need more protection, says President Obama

(Newser) - Washington is getting in deeper: About 150 US troops are heading toward South Sudan today to help secure the US embassy and evacuate more Americans from the war-torn country, military officials said. The troops will likely first travel to Djibouti via Spain, CNN reports. The move follows a letter from... More »

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