The US Pentagon is to announce it will lift a ban on women serving in frontline combat. The policy change will open up thousands of jobs to women who have been kept out from frontline positions and elite commandos.
Pakistan has begun three days of mourning for the 141 people, mostly children, massacred in a Taliban attack on a military-run school. A number of children who were injured remain in a critical condition.
Pakistan has carried out the first executions since the government ended a six-year moratorium on the death penalty this week. They come as the country steps up efforts to combat an Islamist insurgency.
The US military has launched reforms for its nuclear weapons program. Scandals surrounding the program revealed mismanagement and a record low morale among its personnel, problems which posed great security risks.
President Barack Obama has thanked Chuck Hagel for his "exemplary" service, announcing that he has accepted his defense secretary's resignation. Hagel confirmed that he would remain in his role until a successor emerges.
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