Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleading guilty to desertion, misbehavior
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Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleading guilty to desertion, misbehavior

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told a military judge on Monday that he’s pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. “I understand that leaving was against the law,” said Bergdahl, whose decision to walk off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 prompted intense search and recovery missions, during … Continue reading

Turkish troops move into al-Qaida-dominated Syrian province
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Turkish troops move into al-Qaida-dominated Syrian province

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish armored vehicles have rolled into northwestern Syria to impose a “de-escalation zone” in a province dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants, an incursion that the Turkish leader said was meant to secure his country’s border. The Turkish military said it began an operation late Thursday to set up “observation points” in Idlib, without … Continue reading

Tillerson: Trump will scorn but not bolt from Iran nuke deal
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Tillerson: Trump will scorn but not bolt from Iran nuke deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will say Friday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in America’s national security interests, but he won’t withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord or immediately re-impose sanctions against Tehran, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, other U.S. officials and outside advisers to the administration. Trump’s speech from … Continue reading

Kidnapped, held 5 years, US-Canadian family free in Pakistan
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Kidnapped, held 5 years, US-Canadian family free in Pakistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years after they were seized by a terrorist network in the mountains of Afghanistan, an American woman, her Canadian husband and their children — all three born in captivity — are free after a dramatic rescue orchestrated by the U.S. and Pakistani governments, officials said Thursday. The U.S. said Pakistan accomplished … Continue reading

The Latest: Indonesia sends 34 tons of aid for Rohingya
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The Latest: Indonesia sends 34 tons of aid for Rohingya

UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Latest on violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the flood of ethnic Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Four Hercules planes carrying 34 tons of aid for Rohinyga refugees have departed for Bangladesh from an air force base in the Indonesian capital. Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo … Continue reading

Indian journalist’s killing provokes outrage, anguish
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Indian journalist’s killing provokes outrage, anguish

Indian journalist’s killing provokes outrage, anguish By NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — The killing of an Indian journalist provoked outrage and anguish across the country on Wednesday, with thousands protesting what they saw as an effort to silence a critic of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party. Even as police promise to hunt down … Continue reading

UN probe says Syrian government launched April sarin attack
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UN probe says Syrian government launched April sarin attack

UN probe says Syrian government launched April sarin attack By JAMEY KEATEN and ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-mandated investigators said Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air force conducted a sarin-gas attack in the spring that killed at least 83 civilians and sparked a retaliatory U.S. strike. The investigators also appealed to the … Continue reading

On Muslim holiday, Houston’s mosques open to Harvey evacuees
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On Muslim holiday, Houston’s mosques open to Harvey evacuees

HOUSTON (AP) — The gymnasium at the Champions Islamic Center is covered with mats and blankets, donated clothes and boxes of food lining its walls. On the eve of the Eid al-Adha festival, one of Islam’s holiest days, it’s become the temporary home for 15 of the thousands of Harvey evacuees, Muslim and non-Muslim. And … Continue reading

Suicide car bomb outside Afghan bank kills at least 29
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Suicide car bomb outside Afghan bank kills at least 29

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomb exploded Thursday at a bank in Afghanistan’s Helmand province as Afghan troops and government workers waited to collect their pay ahead of a major Muslim holiday, killing at least 29 people, officials said. Most of the casualties in the explosion near the bank in the provincial capital … Continue reading

Russia warns US after downing of Syrian warplane
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Russia warns US after downing of Syrian warplane

MOSCOW (AP) — Warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition operating over Syrian government-controlled areas west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as potential targets, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Monday, a day after the U.S. military shot down a Syrian air force jet. Moscow condemned the downing of the Syrian jet after it dropped bombs near … Continue reading

The Latest: Dutch send refueling plane to anti-IS coalition
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The Latest: Dutch send refueling plane to anti-IS coalition

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 4:20 p.m. The Dutch government is sending a military refueling plane to Kuwait to assist the U.S.-led coalition carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The government announced the deployment Monday, saying a KDC-10 refueling plane left … Continue reading

Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time
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Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict. The U.S. had not shot down a Syrian regime aircraft before Sunday’s … Continue reading