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.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been petitioned by prominent women from 38 countries to bring a permanent peace to end the Korean War. The conflict ended in 1953 with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
Women will be able to serve in combat roles "as soon as possible." Women already serve in a number of noncombat roles and make up 10 percent of the military.
The Pentagon has confirmed that from next year transgender individuals will be able to enlist in the US military. Serving officers will also be allowed to use the military medical system to change gender.
The Pentagon plans to repeal a ban on transgender service members. This comes five years after ending the US military's ban on gays and puts to rest a long and complicated debate over the last year.
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