As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatens nuclear strikes on South Korea, Japan and the U.S., there is a new determination across the region to adopt a tougher line. There's talk now in Japan and South Korea that they should have nuclear weapons of their own — a position the U.S. opposes.
Pentagon officials say they're opening ground combat jobs to women as a matter of equality. But the military also needs them because the number of military-age men who qualify for service is declining.
Twenty-six Guantanamo prisoners are on a hunger strike to protest their continued detention at the island facility. Eight of the men are being fed intravenously. Military officials say detainees told guards that they had stopped eating because of the lack of interest in their plight. Among their complaints: they weren't mentioned in President Obama's inaugural address or the State of the Union.
This week on Morning Edition, we've been hearing from women who have served on the battlefield and on bases here at home. In the final report in the series, we learn more about women and identity in the military.
The Obama administration is taking steps to put the CIA's drone program under Pentagon control. The CIA has been covertly using drones to target and kill suspected terrorists. Putting the program under Pentagon control would make it more transparent and legally restricted.
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