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UN wants another year for Haiti peacekeeping mission
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is recommending that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti stay for another year — which might be its final one. The head of the mission, Sandra Honore, told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that Ban Ki-moon wants the peacekeeping mission to extend for a year... Read More
Mexican army head is unhappy with law enforcement role
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's defense secretary said Thursday that the country's army isn't happy doing law enforcement duty, but has no other choice. The statement by Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos comes after soldiers have been implicated in rights abuses. Cienfuegos told local media in an interview that "none of us... Read More
The Latest: Homeland Security chief to visit South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local): 9 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson plans to get a first-hand look at flooding in South Carolina. Johnson is scheduled to travel to Columbia and Charleston on Friday to meet with federal, state... Read More
Veterans affairs secretary resigns amid investigation
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's veterans affairs secretary abruptly resigned Thursday, amid an investigation from the inspector general's office. Without explanation, Jindal's office announced that David LaCerte had left the position he's held since June 2014, effective immediately. Robin Keller, a... Read More
Request denied to make Bergdahl interrogation public
HOUSTON (AP) — A military court has denied a request to make public documents the Army is using to determine if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should face court-martial for leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Defense attorney Eugene Fidell had asked the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals in Virginia to release a... Read More
NATO leaves door open for troops to remain in Afghanistan
BRUSSELS (AP) — Urged on by the United States, NATO is open to keeping more troops in Afghanistan than initially planned after 2016, but officials said Thursday the alliance is waiting for the Obama administration to announce its decision on a larger military presence there. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he... Read More
Oklahoma Air National Guard prepares for deployment
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Airmen with the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 125th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron are preparing for deployment to Japan. The Oklahoma Air Guard says about 200 airmen and 12 F-16 jets will leave in mid-October for Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, to support the U.S. Pacific Command Theater... Read More
The Latest: Czechs to boost migrant checks on Austria border
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local. ___ 10:10 p.m. The Czech Republic is planning to further boost its police presence on the border with Austria to be able to deal with a possible influx of migrants.... Read More
Clashes intensify in Syria from Russian-backed offensive
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Clashes intensified Thursday between Syrian troops and insurgents in central and northwestern Syria, part of what a top general called a "wide-ranging" offensive aided by Russian airstrikes and apparently aimed at clearing positions near government strongholds on the coast. U.S. defense... Read More
US: Several Russian cruise missiles landed in Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as four of the 26 long-range cruise missiles that Russia said it fired at Syrian targets landed instead in Iran, U.S. defense officials said Thursday. The officials said it's unclear whether the errant missiles, launched from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea, caused any significant damage... Read More
Rocket with secret payload launches from California coast
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a secret payload for the U.S. government has successfully launched from the central California coast. The Atlas V rocket lit up the sky at 5:49 a.m. Thursday, lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base toward low-Earth orbit. The rocket carried a payload... Read More
NATO talks tough on Russia in Syria, with scant action
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO talked tough Thursday about Moscow's expanding military activity in Syria, but the U.S.-led alliance's chief response to the Russian airstrikes and cruise missile attacks was a public pledge to help reinforce the defenses of member nation Turkey if necessary. "NATO is able and ready to defend... Read More
Wounded Warrior Project ride gives veterans boost
Jason Davis, 31, of Bethany, will compete in the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride beginning Thursday in Oklahoma City. The event offers three days of cycling, camaraderie and a chance to connect with others struggling with mental and physical issues. Read More
Polish parliament's last session before election disturbed
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As emotions are mounting in the campaign before Poland's general election, an agitated lawmaker on Thursday disrupted parliament's last session before the Oct. 25 vote. The pro-business Civic Platform party, in power since 2007, has been accused by opponents of corruption and arrogance.... Read More
Hungary OKs NATO, EU troops to help guard border
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Troops from the European Union or NATO will be allowed to help defend Hungary's borders due to the migrant crisis, the Hungarian government said Thursday. A government decree said up to 1,000 troops from Hungary's allies can take part until March 15 in the "Common Will" border defense... Read More
Community center opens at Ellsworth Air Force Base
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Ellsworth Air Force Base has opened a community center that will serve as a place for airmen and their families to gather for events like birthday parties and barbecues. The 5,100-square-foot facility is the centerpiece of a $64 million construction project that when complete will add 214... Read More
China anxious over alleged US plan to challenge island claim
BEIJING (AP) — Beijing expressed "serious concern" Thursday about a reported U.S. plan to challenge China's South China Sea territorial claims by sailing a Navy ship near one of its newly built artificial islands. The U.S. newspaper Navy Times reported on Wednesday that the Navy may soon receive approval for the... Read More
Shakespeare acting program helps veterans deal with emotions
MILWAUKEE (AP) — William Shakespeare's words from more than 400 years ago are proving to be healing for modern-day veterans. A group of Milwaukee actors started the workshops, which feature Shakespeare's plays to help veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and reintegration issues and mental... Read More
Syrian militant group recasts itself as moderate option
BEIRUT (AP) — The militants brought the two men into a square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, then announced their punishment for failing to attend Friday prayers: 25 lashes delivered by a hose-wielding militant that left their backs covered in welts and dark bruises. The whipping, captured on video as... Read More
Obama apologizes to aid group for US attack on Afghan clinic
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at its hospital in Afghanistan, and said the U.S. would examine military procedures to look for better ways to prevent such incidents. Obama's telephone call to the... Read More

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