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A Service Member's Prayer

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Oh, God, I feel that I have cause
To know my life might give You pause,
But fair as You are sure to be,
I seek Your way on bended knee.
I wish neither to kill nor die,
Though from engagement I'll not shy.
For if my duty calls me there,
I'll do whatever I must dare.
 
I seek not courage for the fight.
I seek not comfort from the night.
I ask not pardon for my deeds,
Nor any salve for any needs.
I only ask to know what's right,
To do my best to check my might,
To render mercy where I should,
To know I serve the greater good.
 
Oh, God, if You will hear my plea,
I ask so very much of thee.
I fear not men, I fear not death,
Yet bow my head and still my breath
To ask You, please, to do Your best,
To keep me from eternal rest,
Until the hour my duty sends
Me home to family and friends.
 
And if You grant my humble prayer,
Oh, God, I ask You, keep from care
Those people whom I hold most dear.
I wish them not to shed a tear
In anguish over days now done,
Where my dawn was their setting sun.
For then, if You will grant my plea,
I'll soon be nearer them and Thee.
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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

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In just a few days, thousands of Americans across the country will #GoSilent with IAVA to remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Who will you #GoSilent for? 

Help us remind the rest of America that Memorial Day is about more than barbecues and sales. It's about honoring those who laid down their lives for this great nation. 

Join us for a national moment of silence on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at 12:01pm ET.

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US, Cuba Talks Resume With Focus on Embassies

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The United States and Cuba began a fourth round of talks on Thursday aimed at overcoming obstacles to opening embassies in each other's capitals and re-establishing diplomatic ties, the crucial next step in their historic detente.

The meetings at the State Department are being led by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson and Josefina Vidal, director of U.S. affairs at the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

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Key Trade Vote Expected in US Senate

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U.S. President Barack Obama’s trade agenda could get a major boost – or suffer a blow – when the Senate votes in coming hours to conclude debate on a bill to facilitate congressional approval of an ambitious 12-nation Pacific Rim free trade pact.

Vote expected Thursday

As the critical test vote loomed, top Senate advocates said they did not know if a three-fifths majority would materialize to advance the measure to final passage.
 
The Senate is considering Trade Promotion Authority, also known as "fast track," a mechanism that mandates simple congressional votes to approve or disapprove trade pacts. Lawmakers surrender their ability to amend those deals.

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Airstrikes Kill 15 Militants in Northwest Pakistan

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Airstrikes killed at least 15 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern Shawal Valley on Thursday, intelligence officials said, a week after security forces moved in on Taliban strongholds there.

The deeply forested ravines of the valley are a key smuggling route between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and are dotted with Taliban bases used as launch pads for attacks on Pakistani forces.

In the latest airstrikes, a local security commander and two intelligence officials said that 15 or 16 suspected militants were killed in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan.

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China Warns US Spy Plane

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China's navy is reported to have issued eight warning messages to a U.S. military surveillance plane that passed over a group of man-made islands Beijing is using to secure its sweeping territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.

"This is the Chinese navy, this is the Chinese navy, please go away quickly," said a voice in English, according to a report by CNN, whose reporters were allowed to fly on the U.S. P8-A Poseidon spy plane Wednesday.

CNN said the U.S. Navy's most advanced spy aircraft passed as low as 4,500 meters over the disputed reefs and shoals in the Spratly Islands, which are nearly 1,000 kilometers from the shores of mainland China.

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