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Indian soldier buried by avalanche saved; 9 bodies recovered
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — An Indian soldier buried by an avalanche for six days in the Himalayan region of Kashmir has been found alive and pulled from the snow, along with the bodies of nine other soldiers, officials said Tuesday. The enormous avalanche slammed into an Indian army post last Wednesday and trapped the... Read More
Obama administration to create new high-level cyber official
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is creating a new high-level federal official to coordinate cybersecurity across civilian agencies and to work with military and intelligence counterparts as part of its 2017 budget proposal. The proposal, being released Tuesday, includes a $19-billion increase in... Read More
Belligerence as strategy: Pyongyang and its provocations
In Japan, the prime minister said North Korea would be committing a "grave, provocative act" if it followed through on plans to launch a long-range rocket. South Korea warned of "searing consequences" if the launch went ahead. Moscow and Washington, which rarely agree on much of anything these days, both denounced... Read More
US responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset China
WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the U.S. that will upset a supposed partner against Pyongyang's weapons development -- China. New efforts to toughen missile defense in South Korea and sanctions legislation moving swiftly through Congress could both hurt... Read More
US faces shortcomings in coalition-building for anti-IS war
WASHINGTON (AP) — To doubters of its strategy for defeating the Islamic State, the Obama administration likes to tout its coalition of 66 nations and claim strength in numbers. But a year and a half into the war, some administration officials are acknowledging that this supposed source of strength has its own... Read More
Wounded veteran to get specially adapted home in Chevy Chase
CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) — An Army captain who was severely wounded while fighting in Afghanistan is getting a new house that's adapted to serve his needs. Capt. Luis Avila was injured when an improvised bomb exploded in 2011. He lost his left leg and suffered two strokes, two heart attacks and brain damage. He is... Read More
Air Force training mission starts brush fire in Arivaca
ARIVACA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are trying to contain a large brush fire near the southern Arizona town of Arivaca that reportedly was started by accident by a Davis-Monthan Air Force Base airman. Base officials say the fire broke out about 12:30 p.m. Monday three miles north of Arivaca during an Air Force base... Read More
Stronger regional coordination can counter Africa extremism
THIES, Senegal (AP) — Violent extremist groups and their affiliates are collaborating more in northern Africa, and regional forces must be built up and supported with deeper intelligence sharing to counter the increasing threat of attacks, the head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command Africa said... Read More
Feds: Army deserter who supported IS faces gun charges
SEATTLE (AP) — An Army deserter from Washington state who called Osama bin Laden "a beautiful man," made statements supporting the Islamic State group and called for the death of American troops has been charged with illegally possessing firearms, including machine guns, federal prosecutors said Monday. Daniel... Read More
US peacekeeping expert to coordinate sexual abuse response
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jane Holl Lute, a U.S. security expert who has held top posts in U.N. peacekeeping, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to coordinate improvements in the United Nations' response to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. Lute's appointment as... Read More
What We Know: US looking for more help in fight against IS
Defense Secretary Ash Carter heads to Brussels this week to try to persuade partners in the 66-nation coalition against the Islamic State group to take on a bigger share of the load. Some key takeaways about that effort: —The U.S. believes many members of the coalition aren't doing their share to defeat IS,... Read More
Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East. A Saudi deployment runs the potentially... Read More
The Latest: Greece: Stop migrants in Turkish waters
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 10:05 p.m. Greece's defense minister says he wants an agreement with neighboring Turkey that would allow the European Union's Frontex border agency to stop and turn back — within Turkish waters — boats carrying migrants to... Read More
US faces shortcomings in coalition-building for anti-IS war
WASHINGTON (AP) — To doubters of its strategy for defeating the Islamic State, the Obama administration likes to tout its coalition of 66 nations and claim strength in numbers. But a year and a half into the war, some administration officials are acknowledging that this supposed source of strength has its own... Read More
Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State group shortly
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's prime minister on Monday announced that the country will end airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22, saying that "the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance, they need our help." Justin Trudeau, following up on campaign promises he made... Read More
Militants shoot down Libyan fighter jet
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's air force chief of staff says a fighter jet was shot down while carrying out airstrikes against Islamic militants. Brig. Gen. Saqr al-Jaroushi told The Associated Press that a Libyan MIG32 was striking the positions of Islamic State militants and other militias in the eastern town of... Read More
Lawmakers up funding ante for anti-recruitment efforts
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — House Democrats announced Monday they'll push for another $2 million to dedicate to combatting terrorism in Minnesota and the tide of youth heading overseas. The large Somali community in Minneapolis and other enclaves in the state have been and continue to be prime targets for terrorism... Read More
Support for voter intimidation law in wake of video incident
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Democrats say support for a bill to protect Mainers from voter intimidation shows the public is on board with protecting residents from harassment at the polls. The Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing on the proposal on Monday. Windham Democrat Bill... Read More
Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops' readiness amid continuing tensions with the West. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat... Read More
Al-Qaida militants battle each other in southern Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida militants battled each other on Monday in a southern Yemeni city controlled by the group, in what appeared to be an internal power struggle that erupted after a senior militant was killed in a U.S. drone strike. The clashes broke out in the southern city of Zinjibar late Sunday,... Read More

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