U.S. DEFENSE SECY ASH CARTER SAYS COMBAT DEATH OF U.S. NAVY SEAL IN IRAQ SHOWS "THIS FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER" *

CARTER IS MEETING IN GERMANY WITH COUNTERPARTS FROM 11 COUNTRIES CONTRIBUTING TO MILITARY CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISIS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA *

CARTER EXPRESSED CONDOLENCES FOR FALLEN NAVY SEAL CHARLIE KEATING IV, 31, THIRD U.S. COMBAT DEATH IN IRAQ SINCE U.S. FORCES RETURNED THERE IN 2014 TO HELP REGAIN TERRITORY CAPTURED BY ISIS *

RUSSIA PLANS TO STATION THREE NEW MILITARY DIVISIONS ALONG BORDERS WITH EUROPE TO COUNTER PLANNED NATO BUILDUP *

DEFENSE MIN SERGEI SHOIGU GAVE NO SPECIFICS, BUT SAID WED TWO DIVISIONS WILL BE FORMED ALONG WESTERN BORDER AND ONE ALONG THE SOUTHERN *

ON MON, U.S. DEFENSE SECY ASH CARTER SAID NATO WAS CONSIDERING ESTABLISHING A CONTINUOUS ROTATION OF UP TO 4,000 TROOPS IN BALTIC STATES AND POSSIBLY POLAND, A MOVE SEPARATE FROM U.S. DECISION TO DEPLOY ABOUT 4,200 TROOPS TO EASTERN EUROPE NEXT FEB *

SWISS DEFENSE MIN GUY PARMELIN SAYS HIS DEPT WAS TARGETED BY HACKERS WHILE HE WAS AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM IN DAVOS IN JAN *

PARMELIN DID NOT SPECIFY WHO CARRIED OUT HACK, BUT UNCONFIRMED SWISS NEWSPAPER REPORT LINKS INCIDENT TO CYBER-ATTACK ON DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY OWNED BY SWISS GOVT THAT MAY HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT BY RUSSIA *

PARMELIN SAYS "ATTACKS SERVED INDUSTRIAL ESPIONAGE" *

SOTHEBY'S SAYS 3-BILLION-YR-OLD TENNIS BALL-SIZED DIAMOND COULD SELL FOR MORE THAN $70 MIL AT AUCTION NEXT MONTH *

THE LESEDI LA RONA DIAMOND, UNEARTHED IN NOV AT A CANADIAN MINE IN BOTSWANA, MEASURES 1,109 CARATS, MAKING IT THE SECOND-LARGEST GEM-QUALITY ROUGH DIAMOND EVER DISCOVERED *

LARGEST DIAMOND EVER FOUND WAS THE 3,106-CARAT CULLINAN DIAMOND, UNEARTHED IN SOUTH AFRICA IN 1905...IT WAS CUT INTO NINE PIECES TO FORM PART OF UK'S CROWN JEWELS *

PAKISTAN'S ARMY CHIEF SIGNS OFF ON DEATH SENTENCES OF 11 TALIBAN FIGHTERS CONVICTED OF TERRORISM, KIDNAPPINGS AND OTHER CRIMES *

PAKISTAN BEGAN HOLDING CLOSED-DOOR MILITARY TRIALS FOR TERROR SUSPECTS AFTER LIFTING 2008 MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY FOLLOWING PESHAWAR SCHOOL MASSACRE THAT KILLED MORE THAN 150, MOSTLY CHILDREN, IN DEC 2014 *

SO FAR, SOME 207 SUSPECTED TALIBAN TERRORISTS HAVE GONE TO TRIAL BEFORE MILITARY COURTS, WITH VERDICTS FOR 88 HAVING BEEN ANNOUNCED *

PEACE TALKS TO END YEMEN CIVIL WAR RESUME IN KUWAIT *

TALKS HALTED WHEN SHIITE HOUTHI REBELS ATTACKED GOVERNORATE OF AMRAN IN WESTERN YEMEN, AND RESTARTED AFTER SIDES AGREED TO FORM A COMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO INCIDENT *

YEMEN'S INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED GOVT, BACKED BY A SAUDI-LED MILITARY COALITION, IS FIGHTING HOUTHIS WHO SEIZED CAPITAL SANAA IN SEPT 2014...SAUDI-LED FORCES ENTERED CONFLICT IN MARCH 2015 *

TRADE DEFICIT FELL TO $40.4 BIL IN MARCH, DROP OF 13.9% FROM FEB AND THE SMALLEST TRADE GAP SINCE NOV 2014, COMMERCE DEPT SAYS *

EXPORTS SLIPPED 0.9% TO $176.6 BIL, WHILE IMPORTS DECLINED 3.6% TO $217.1 BIL *

PERCENTAGE DROP IS LARGEST SINCE FEB 2009 *

PAYROLL PROCESSOR ADP SAYS BUSINESSES ADDED 156,000 JOBS IN APRIL, DOWN FROM 194,000 IN MARCH *

MANUFACTURERS SHED 11,000 JOBS, AFTER LOSING 3,000 PREVIOUS MONTH, WHILE SERVICE FIRMS ADDED 166,000 IN APRIL, DOWN FROM 189,000 IN MARCH *

NUMBERS COME AHEAD OF FRI'S APRIL JOBS REPORT, WHICH ECONOMISTS EXPECT WILL SHOW EMPLOYERS ADDING 200,000 JOBS, WHILE KEEPING UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 5% *

31 PASSENGERS AND A CREW MEMBER INJURED ABOARD UNITED ARAB EMIRATES' ETIHAD AIRWAYS FLIGHT THAT HIT SUDDEN TURBULENCE WHILE PREPARING TO LAND IN JAKARTA, INDONESIA WED *

THE AIRBUS A330-200 LANDED SAFELY, BUT TEN PEOPLE WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH SERIOUS INJURIES, WHILE 22 OTHERS WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES AT AIRPORT *

AIRPORT OFFICIALS AND INDONESIA'S NATL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY CMTE ARE INSPECTING PLANE, WHICH WAS EN ROUTE TO JAKARTA FROM UAE CAPITAL OF ABU DHABI *

FOX NEWS CONFIRMS OH GOV JOHN KASICH (R) SUSPENDING HIS CAMPAIGN FOR GOP PRES NOMINATION *

KASICH'S CAMPAIGN SAID TUES HE'D REMAIN IN RACE UNTIL CANDIDATE REACHED NECESSARY 1,237 DELEGATES TO CLINCH NOMINATION *

KASICH WAS ONLY MAN STANDING AGAINST DONALD TRUMP IN GOP RACE AFTER SEN. TED CRUZ (TX) SUSPENDED HIS RUN TUES NIGHT, FOLLOWING TRUMP'S DECISIVE WIN IN INDIANA PRIMARY *

RNC CHMN REINCE PRIEBUS CALLED TRUMP PRESUMPTIVE GOP NOMINEE TUES NIGHT, URGING PARTY TO UNITE TO DEFEAT DEM FRONTRUNNER HILLARY CLINTON *

RECENTLY FIRED EMPLOYEE KILLS ONE FELLOW EMPLOYEE, INJURES ANOTHER BEFORE FATALLY SHOOTING HIMSELF AT TRANSPORTATION COMPANY NEAR HOUSTON, ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES *

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS GUNMAN WAS FIRED EARLIER WED THEN RETURNED TO KNIGHT TRANSPORTATION COMPANY IN KATY, TX, AN OPENED FIRE *

COMPANY PROVIDES TRUCKLOAD TRANSPORTATION SERVICES *

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