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.
A Ukrainian politician has been found dead after being "brutually tortured," says Ukraine's interim president. The move has prompted a relaunch of operations to uprooting pro-Russian separatists from eastern Ukraine.
A government anti-terror campaign to root out pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine threatens to turn into a fiasco. The country's demoralized forces are ill-equipped and defections are commonplace.
Ukrainian armed forces have launched a "special operation" against militia in the country's east, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Russian separatists. Russian television has reported four deaths in the fighting.
The situation in the Central African Republic remains chaotic. An EU mission, including a German contingent, is to support French and African troops already in the country, but it will take some time before they arrive.
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