US Army Central stands up coordination unit at Shaw AFB
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Army Central is setting up a special unit in South Carolina devoted to linking up with allied nations, multinational military headquarters and other U.S. military units during overseas deployments. The unit known as the 2503rd Digital Liaison Detachment is celebrating Friday... Read More
Last Comanche chief's home continues to crumble
For nearly 60 years, Star House, the home of the last chief of the Comanche Nation, Quanah Parker, has sat on the grounds of a long-ago closed amusement park in Cache. For years now Parker's decedents and members of the Comanche Nation have made efforts to restore the home, but the interested parties and the home's... Read More
Iraqi-Turkish split points to distrust among Mosul forces
BAGHDAD (AP) — Just days into the operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, a fault-line has widened between Iraq and Turkey, and the distrust among the various forces arrayed against the extremists has again bubbled to the surface. The rhetoric is growing increasingly heated on both sides. Iraqi... Read More
Oklahoma City veteran gets help with home repairs
An Oklahoma City veteran can finally enjoy a finished addition to his home, thanks in part to The Home Depot and its volunteers. The volunteers helped Edward Hodges and his wife through The Home Depot's Celebration of Service program, which helps veterans. Read More
Iraqis push toward IS-held Mosul in long-awaited operation
KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — Columns of Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes slowly advanced on Mosul from several directions on Monday, launching a long-awaited operation to retake Iraq's second largest city from the Islamic State group.
As airstrikes sent plumes of smoke into the air and heavy... Read More
Chibok girls: Freed students reunite with families in Nigeria
Twenty-one schoolgirls who had been kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram in the Nigerian town of Chibok have been reunited with their families.
In an emotional ceremony in the capital Abuja, one of the girls said they had survived for 40 days without food and narrowly escaped death at least once.
It is... Read More
Hurricane Matthew relief effort in Haiti enters new phase
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An international relief effort for victims of Hurricane Matthew entered a more advanced stage Thursday as a second U.S. military ship arrived off Haiti's coast and U.N. convoys and non-government organizations began reaching more isolated communities. Food, clean water and construction... Read More
Moldova official says Russia meddling in presidential race
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The speaker of Moldova's parliament accused Russia Tuesday of meddling in the country's politics ahead of a presidential election that could cement the former Soviet republic as a contender for European Union membership or further Russan control. Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu said the... Read More
Ayotte, Hassan clash over taxes, terror in US Senate debate
CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — In one of the country's most important Senate races, Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her challenger, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, clashed Friday over topics including taxes, immigration and the Iran nuclear deal in their first debate. Polls continue to show the race in a dead heat, and... Read More
US defense chief calls alliance with Philippines 'ironclad'
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has described the U.S.-Philippines alliance as ironclad, one day after the Philippine president said joint military exercises with the U.S. would end. "As it has been for decades, our alliance with the Philippines is ironclad," Carter said Thursday in a... Read More
US official: Russia risks being mired in Syria 'quagmire'
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department official sought to assure skeptical lawmakers that Russia is at risk of becoming mired in Syria if the civil war rages on, a prospect that gives the United States an upper hand as it pressures Moscow to end attacks in the besieged city of Aleppo. As members of the Senate... Read More