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A black woman was arrested after a traffic stop in Texas. Days later, she died in a jail. At about 7 a.m.

A black woman was arrested after a traffic stop in Texas. Days later, she died in a jail.

Monday, Sandra Bland got her breakfast in the Waller County Jail in Texas. The 28-year-old woman was being held there after a routine traffic stop the previous Friday led to a charge of assault on a public servant. About two hours later, Bland was dead. The official cause: Suicide by hanging. Now, many of her friends and relatives, along with a growing group of social-justice activists, are questioning how authorities say Bland died — and the circumstances surrounding the arrest that put her behind bars three days earlier.

“The Waller County Jail is trying to rule her death a suicide and Sandy would not have taken her own life,” one friend told the ABC affiliate in Chicago. At a news conference in Chicago, Bland’s sister told reporters on Thursday that she couldn’t believe Bland would take her own life. “Based on the Sandy that I knew, that’s unfathomable to me,” Sharon Cooper said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “She was a very, very accomplished young lady,” the Rev. Infographic: Philippines' arms imports since 2001. Philippine military dismisses coup talk. MANILA - The Philippine military insisted Monday it remained loyal to President Benigno Aquino, responding to coup rumours that have swirled since a bungled security operation left 44 police commandos dead.

Philippine military dismisses coup talk

PH Navy to receive 2 landing crafts from Australia. MANILA - The Philippine Navy is set to receive two landing craft heavy vessels from Australia in 2015.

PH Navy to receive 2 landing crafts from Australia

The Australian Royal Navy earlier said it will donate decommissioned vessels HMAS Tarakan and HMAS Brunei as soon it gets new safety and navigation equipment. Australian Defense Minister Kevin Andrews said they expect the vessels to be ready for handover this coming May. The two heavy sealift vessels, which were decommissioned in 2014, are capable of carrying large vehicles and it can dock in any shore. Philippines to Pull Out of Golan Heights, Liberia. Philippine Ex-General in Kidnapping Case Captured. MANILA, Philippines — Philippine security forces on Tuesday captured a fugitive former army general wanted in the kidnapping of two students, fulfilling a promise by President Benigno Aquino III to bring high-profile criminal suspects to justice, official said.

Philippine Ex-General in Kidnapping Case Captured

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said military intelligence and National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Jovito Palparan in a hideout in a district of Manila. Coast Guard needs 30 more ships. ByPhilip C.

Coast Guard needs 30 more ships

TubezaPhilippine Daily Inquirer Photo from Coast Guard Public Affairs Office MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Coast Guard needs at least 30 more ships and patrol craft to help secure the country’s maritime boundaries, a PCG official said Saturday. Rear Adm. Philippines mulls over trilateral exercises. The Philippines is exploring the possibility of holding military exercises involving the Philippines, the United States and Australia, a defense official said here Monday.

Philippines mulls over trilateral exercises

Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said it's possible to hold the trilateral exercises as the Senate ratified in July the Status of Visiting Forces Agreement, which paves the way for the conduct of exercises between Australian and Filipino forces. "It's currently being studied how that can be done,"Galvez said. But the spokesman could not immediately say the status of the study and said the involvement of the Australian troops in their exercises should seek the approval of the United States. Galvez said the troops of the three countries stand to learn from each other during such trilateral exercises, including in response to the threat of terrorism, piracy and calamities, among others.

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Peace in Mindanao ? Three die in Philippine military helicopter crash. Purposeful remembrance. Philippines to boost naval firepower. Manila: The Philippines is expected to boost its sea presence and firepower with an escort vessel in July.

Philippines to boost naval firepower

Navy studying if PH needs to buy submarine. By: Chichi Conde, August 23, 2011 1:41 PM President Aquino, accompanied by Navy chief Vice Admiral Alexander Pama (right), tours the BRP Gregorio del Pilar on Tuesday.

Navy studying if PH needs to buy submarine

MALACANANG PHOTO InterAksyon.comThe online news portal of TV5 MANILA, Philippines -- President Benigno Aquino III said the Philippine Navy is now conducting a study on whether or not it would be practical for the country to acquire its first submarine. “That is being studied by our Navy – whether or not it is practical and whether or not it meets our needs,” Aquino said in an interview after touring the Navy’s latest and fastest surface combat-ready vessel, BRP Gregorio del Pilar.

Aquino noted that in 1998, a regional neighbor bought submarines from the Eastern bloc only to find out the vessels were not fit for tropical weather. Submarines are equipped with sensors and radars that can monitor movement on the surface, and even identify nearby ships using propeller signatures. AFP lists Marcos in Hall of Heroes.

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AFP lists Marcos in Hall of Heroes

The nation? S modern-day heroes are not limited to boxing idol Manny Pacquiao and overseas foreign workers, the military would like to remind Filipinos. The Armed Forces called attention to its heroes by inaugurating a museum gallery to immortalize the deeds of about three dozen soldiers who represent the ideals of ? Personal bravery at the risk of their life above and beyond the call of duty.?

An entire wall of the AFP Museum in Camp Aguinaldo is devoted to the photos and the heroic deeds of the 39 awardees of the Medal for Valor, the highest award to be bestowed by the military, called the ? Poll: Almost half of Pinoys think AFP is ‘most corrupt’ govt agency - Nation. (Updated 1:08 p.m.)

Poll: Almost half of Pinoys think AFP is ‘most corrupt’ govt agency - Nation

Report-torture-and other cruel inhumane or degrading acts suffered by Morong 43. Testicles crushed. Electrocution. Sleep deprivation. ‘Torture video’ puts military in a spot. Military to conduct probe involving soldiers in torture video. MANILA, Philippines - Dinungisan ng Pharex ang mataas na respeto sa NLEX Road Warriors matapos iuwi ang 79-74 panalo sa PBA D-League Foundation Cup kahapon sa The Arena sa San Juan . Hindi nawala ang tiwala ng Bidang Generix nang nakaabante sa 60-59 ang Road Warriors sa pagtatapos ng ikatlong yugto nang gamitan nila ng matibay na depensa ang kalaban kasabay ng pag-iinit uli ng opensa sa pangunguna ni Jeff Morial. Isang jumper ang ginawa ni Morial na nagbigay ng kalamangan sa koponan bago inilayo pa niaa Edwin Asoro at Leomer Losentes ang Bidang Generix sa isang tip-in at dalawang free throws para sa 77-72 bentahe.

“Maganda ang rebounding namin at kapag ganito ang naipapakita naming, kadalasan ay nananalo kami,” wika ni Pharex coach Carlo Gian Tan. Bangit to Aquino: AFP failed to end rebellion -, Ph. FORT DEL PILAR, BAGUIO CITY? Bangit retires today; David next AFP chief?

Former Mindef of the Philippines commits suicide

Philippine military funds scandal probe.