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General accused of war abuses named Sri Lanka's army chief

Aug. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president on Monday appointed a general accused of grave human rights abuses in the final stages of its long civil war as the country's new army chief, a move a top United Nations human rights official said is likely to impact contributions to U.N peacekeeping...

Marine faces military hearing over firearms allegations

Aug. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Marine stationed in Hawaii faces a military hearing this week after officials say he tried to enter an Air Force base while off-duty and heavily armed in his home state of Nebraska. Pfc. Ali Al-kazahg, 22, is in custody in Hawaii on allegations that he tried to enter Offutt Air Force Base...

Germany charges man with spying for Iran

Aug. 16, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany say they have indicted an army employee with spying for an Iranian intelligence service. The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement that the German-Afghan dual citizen is charged with "a particularly serious case" of treason and of breaching official secrecy...

$12.3M payout for infant burned at Madigan delayed

Aug. 16, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed notice that it may appeal a $12.3 million verdict stemming from a 2015 operating room fire at Madigan Army Medical Center that severely burned a baby's face. The Seattle Times reports court documents and lawyers say the appeal could potentially prevent...

Rio police find 8 bodies in clandestine grave

Aug. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities have found eight bodies, some dismembered, in what appears to be a clandestine graveyard in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Rio state prosecutors said Wednesday they believe the corpses were victims of paramilitary groups that operate in the area about 30...

General orders ethics review of US special operations forces

Aug. 12, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of U.S. Special Operations Command has ordered an ethics review of his commando forces, in the wake of a number of recent incidents of bad behavior and criminal allegations against troops. Army Gen. Richard Clarke said that "recent incidents have called our culture and ethics...

Former Sri Lankan strongman's brother to run for president

Aug. 11, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was a livewire in Sri Lanka's military campaign to end a long civil war but faces allegations of human rights violations, was nominated Sunday as the opposition's candidate for the presidential election to be held later this year. Gotabaya, a...

Sri Lanka's feared wartime official now in presidential fray

Aug. 11, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was nominated as the Sri Lankan opposition's presidential candidate on Sunday, is a national hero to some for his role in ending the island nation's long civil war. But to his critics and victims of war and shadowy disappearances, he's a feared...

Ex-Fort Bragg soldier charged with stealing military goods

Aug. 8, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a soldier formerly stationed at Fort Bragg with stealing military property. Bryan Craig Allen of Anacoco, Louisiana, was indicted Tuesday on charges of theft of military property, conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say Allen used his...

The Latest: UN chief urges no action on Kashmir status

Aug. 8, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on India's security clampdown in Kashmir (all times local): 10:35 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on India and Pakistan to refrain from taking any steps that would affect the status of Kashmir. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Thursday "the...