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Final stages of Mosul battle will be 'extremely violent,' US commander says

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 06:13
The last handful of neighborhoods held by the Islamic State in Mosul will likely be the most difficult to retake despite nearly eight months of street-by-street fighting, the U.S. officer in charge of advising Iraqi forces in the area predicted.

Ousted South Korean president's trial begins Tuesday

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:59
Handcuffed, her inmate number 503 attached to her clothing, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye begins her corruption trial Tuesday in the same courtroom where a brutal dictator was sentenced to death two decades ago.

Air Force Col. Cunningham to lead 18th Wing in Okinawa

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 23:15
Air Force Col. Case Cunningham has been selected to replace Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish as commander of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.

Coast Guard rescues 2 kayakers off Alaska's southern coast

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:23
The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued two kayakers who were near an island off the coast of southern Alaska and became separated as the weather deteriorated.

B-58 pilots honored at Grissom Air Museum ceremony

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:08
The Convair B-58 Hustler was the first United States Air Force bomber to fly at supersonic speeds, setting numerous records. Its mission was to perform retaliatory atomic strikes against Russia if provoked.

A military cemetery whose African American history is hidden in plain sight

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:59
Of the 11,500 veterans and family members buried in Philadelphia National, many were African American soldiers, for the most part interred in segregated sections of the cemetery. At least 350 were U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) who fought in the Civil War and trained at Camp William Penn in Cheltenham, the first such facility for black enlistees in the Union Army.

An ancient crossroads in Syria stands as a window into Islamic State terrorism

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:49
Her name was Fatima Fakri Fathallah. How her case came before hard-core Sunni Islamist judges is not clear. Nor is it evident how she became to be accused of adultery. But there is no mystery about the verdict: guilty as charged. The penalty: death by stoning.

Along Texas-Mexico border, Trump’s wall faces barrier of public opposition

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:32
President Donald Trump has vowed to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall to keep criminals from entering the U.S. and to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling. His original budget request included a down payment to begin construction of the wall and money for 20 lawyers to fight border property owners who oppose giving up their land.

'It shouldn't be this hard to get help': Army vet sought mental health care before murder-suicide

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:15
Just days before Joshua Stiles fatally shot his wife and took his own life, the 30-year-old Army veteran from Alabama sought mental health treatment, only to be turned away.

A surprise attack by the Taliban kills 25 Afghan police and spotlights security failures

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:10
Taliban militants launched surprise attacks against multiple police checkpoints in southern Afghanistan and killed at least 25 officers, officials said Sunday.

House committee chairman says he’ll talk to fired FBI Director Comey Monday

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:58
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said he’ll talk to former FBI Director James Comey on Monday and is pursuing any records of President Donald Trump’s meetings with Comey, who was fired by the president.

Abe divides Japan with new push to change postwar constitution

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:27
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s sudden rush to change the pacifist constitution that has defined Japan’s security policy since World War II risks eroding his popularity before an election due by the end of next year.

Seymour AFB airman charged with felony abuse following daughter's hospitalization

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:05
Authorities in North Carolina say an airman at an Air Force base is charged with abusing his 1-month-old daughter, who is hospitalized with multiple injuries.

Bodies of Cambodian soldiers killed in Africa return home

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 19:37
Tears were shed and the sounds of cries were heard from the families of four Cambodian soldiers who were killed by a Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic earlier this month as the bodies arrived home Sunday.

UN Security Council to consult on North Korea missile: diplomats

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 19:18
The council diplomats say the closed discussion was requested by the United States, Japan and South Korea and will take place Tuesday.

With hopes for peace uncertain, Trump to visit Israel

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 18:53
President Donald Trump has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the "ultimate deal." But he will step foot in Israel having offered few indications of how he plans to achieve what so many of his predecessors could not.

At refugee camp, US envoy Haley vows more aid for Syrians

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 16:09
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is witnessing first-hand the strains placed on countries absorbing the more than 5 million Syrians who have fled the Islamic State, President Bashar Assad's government, or both.

Return of warlord Hekmatyar adds to Afghan political tensions

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 15:04
When fugitive warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned home to a lavish official welcome last month, abandoning his 16-year insurgency and forgiven for a history of wartime abuses, he was expected to quickly take up the cause of peace and set a conciliatory example for Taliban insurgents.

Biden: It's time for America to regain unity and purpose

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 14:25
Former Vice President Joe Biden gave assurances Sunday that the country's current divisiveness brought on by a presidential election that "churned up some of the ugliest realities" of society will be temporary.

Trump urges Mideast nations to drive out 'Islamic extremism'

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 14:17
President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region, describing a "battle between good and evil" rather than a clash between the West and Islam.