Military and defense

This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian White Helmet civil defense workers with bulldozers work at the scene of an explosion that brought down a five-story building, in the village of Sarmada, near the Turkish border, north Syria, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Syrian opposition activists say the explosion killed several people and wounded many others. The cause of the blast wasn't immediately known. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
August 12, 2018 - 9:42 am
BEIRUT (AP) — An explosion in northern Syria killed at least 36 people Sunday and wounded many others, but the cause of the blast wasn't immediately known, opposition activists said. The opposition-run Syrian Civil Defense, first responders also known as the White Helmets, said the blast occurred...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, July 13, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump walks with US Ambassador Woody Johnson, left, before boarding Marine One helicopter in London. According to comments published Sunday Aug. 12, 2018, U.S. ambassador Johnson is urging Britain to back President Donald Trump in pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement, saying a united front is the best way to persuade Tehran to change its course.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, FILE)
August 12, 2018 - 9:41 am
LONDON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador in London is urging Britain to back President Donald Trump in pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement, saying a united front is the best way to persuade Tehran to change its course. Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that "we are asking...
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This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian White Helmet civil defense workers extinguishing a fire at the scene of an explosion that hit a five-story building, in the village of Sarmada, near the Turkish border, north Syria, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Syrian opposition activists say the explosion killed several people and wounded many others. The cause of the blast wasn't immediately known. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
August 12, 2018 - 9:36 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Syrian opposition activists say a mysterious blast in the country's north has killed at least 36 people, including children. The opposition-run Syrian Civil Defense, first responders also known as the White Helmets, said...
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FILE - In this June 16, 2018 file photo, Taliban fighters ride their motorbikes inside Ghazni city, capital of Ghazni province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan. An Afghan official said Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, that security forces are battling the Taliban for the third straight day following a massive insurgent attack into the key city of Ghazni. The Taliban pushed into Ghazni from different directions on Friday and destroyed a telecommunication tower, cutting off landline and cell phone communications. (AP Photo, File)
August 12, 2018 - 8:03 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says security forces are battling the Taliban for the third straight day after the insurgents' massive attack into the key city of Ghazni. The Taliban pushed into the city, the capital of Ghazni province, from different directions on Friday and destroyed...
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In this July 27, 2018 photo, a university student who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals from the government shows his scars, the product of surgery to extract a bullet from his shoulder, in Managua, Nicaragua. According to the non-governmental Nicaraguan Human Rights Center, 400 "political prisoners" are believed to still be held in jails, prisons and police stations across the country. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
August 10, 2018 - 5:28 pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The 21-year-old agricultural economics student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house. Five police...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2018, file photo, a Pakistani recruit, 22, who was recently discharged from the U.S. Army, holds an American flag as he poses for a picture. The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship - at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Aug. 8 and dated July 20 spells out orders to high-ranking Army officials to stop processing discharges of men and women who enlisted in the special immigrant program, effective immediately. (AP Photo/Mike Knaak, File)
August 09, 2018 - 10:11 pm
The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press spells out orders to high-ranking Army officials to stop processing discharges of men and women who enlisted in the special immigrant...
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August 09, 2018 - 6:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday halted a deportation in progress and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if the mother and daughter weren't returned to the U.S. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington learned in court that the two plaintiffs in a...
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Vice President Mike Pence, center, is greeted by Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan, left, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis before speaking at an event on the creation of a United States Space Force, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 09, 2018 - 5:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military warfighting service by 2020. The proposal taps into the American public's long fascination with...
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Fire balls caused by Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, early Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Israel struck targets in the Gaza Strip after dozens of rockets were launched Wednesday from the coastal territory ruled by the Islamic militant Hamas group, the Israeli military said.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
August 09, 2018 - 2:14 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Israel is urging Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the U.N. Security Council to condemn Hamas militants for what he called "the unprovoked terrorist attack" on southern Israel in...
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In this July 31, 2018 photo, Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol Acting Chief, Carla Provost, makes an opening statement as the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the Trump administration's policies on immigration enforcement and family reunification efforts, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Provost was named the U.S. Border Patrol’s first female chief in its 94-year-history. She had been acting chief since April 2017, so her appointment by Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan was no surprise. Only about 5 percent of the Border Patrol’s nearly 20,000 agents are women. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 09, 2018 - 1:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol has its first female chief in its 94-year history. Carla Provost had been acting chief since April 2017, so her appointment Thursday by Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan was no surprise. The position is not subject to Senate...
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