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UK lawmakers seek reassurances about nuclear deterrent after reports of a failed missile test

Feb. 21, 2024 05:09 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers are seeking reassurances about the nation’s nuclear deterrent after reports that a test of the system failed dramatically last month when an unarmed missile crashed into the sea near the submarine from which it was launched. The Sun newspaper...

Mexico's army takes over yet another civilian role — filling potholes

Feb. 20, 2024 21:20 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president acknowledged Tuesday that the armed forces have taken over yet another civilian role: fixing the nation’s highways. Filling potholes has now been added to a long list of projects ranging from planes, trains and policing that the armed...

WikiLeaks founder Assange faces his last legal roll of the dice in Britain to avoid US extradition

Feb. 20, 2024 15:59 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange's lawyers opened a final U.K. legal challenge Tuesday to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges, arguing that American authorities are seeking to punish him for exposing serious criminal acts by the U.S. government. ...

The Air Force knows what failed on an Osprey in a crash in Japan, but still doesn't know why

Feb. 20, 2024 14:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force Special Operations Command said Tuesday it knows what failed on its CV-22B Osprey leading to a November crash in Japan that killed eight service members. But it still does not know why the failure happened. Because of the crash, hundreds of Osprey...

Spanish police suspect bullet-riddled body may be Russian who defected with army helicopter

Feb. 20, 2024 11:14 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Police said Tuesday they suspect the bullet-riddled body of a man found in Spain is that of a Russian defector who escaped across the front line and into Ukraine last year with an army helicopter. The body was found Feb. 13 in La Cala, near the eastern port city of...

Nigeria's defense chief accuses nations withholding arms sales over abuses of 'double standards'

Feb. 20, 2024 11:02 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's defense chief expressed frustration Tuesday with what he called the “double standards” of some countries that won't sell his military weapons because of human rights concerns. Gen. Christopher Musa’s comment underscores one of the biggest...

Ukraine premier in Tokyo says his country needs missiles, but expects new US aid to come through

Feb. 20, 2024 10:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Tuesday that his country needs long-range missiles and other ammunition to end Russia's invasion, and said he expects a U.S. aid package that's stalled in Congress to come through, speaking at a news conference the day after he attended...

Houthi rebels' attack severely damages a Belize-flagged ship in key strait leading to the Red Sea

Feb. 19, 2024 21:37 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A missile attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels that damaged a Belize-flagged ship traveling through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait that connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden has forced the crew to abandon the vessel, authorities said Monday. Another ship reportedly...

Unruly high school asks Massachusetts National Guard to restore order

Feb. 19, 2024 17:29 PM EST

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Officials have asked Gov. Maura Healey to send in the Massachusetts National Guard to stop violence and address security concerns at a troubled high school in a city south of Boston, some school committee members said Monday. Four of the seven members of the...

A prayer for Evita: Here's why many Argentines are devoted to a first lady who died in 1952

Feb. 19, 2024 16:04 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Early every morning, just as she reaches her workplace at a labor union in Buenos Aires, Ángeles Celerier heads to the chapel and prays to Saint Cajetan, Saint Teresa and Eva Perón. Perón — unlike the others — has not been canonized by the...