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Sri Lanka rejects criticism of army chief's appointment

Aug. 20, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday hit out at foreign criticism of its appointment of a general accused of war abuses as the new army commander. The foreign ministry said in a statement that the decision to appoint a new commander was a sovereign decision by the head of state....

Airstrikes target Turkish convoy in Syria, raising tensions

Aug. 19, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside a rebel-held part of northwestern Syria on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding 12 others, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. Syria said the Turkish convoy was carrying ammunition to rebels who have lost ground this month amid...

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...

Pakistani PM keeps powerful army chief in place 3 more years

Aug. 19, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister is keeping his powerful army chief in place for another three years, amid heightened tensions with India over Kashmir as well as the end of U.S.-Talban peace talks for neighboring Afghanistan. Imran Khan postponed on Monday the retirement of Gen. Qamar Javed...

Wildlife roam where US once made nuclear and chemical arms

Aug. 18, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — From a tiny Pacific island to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife. An astonishing array of animals and habitats flourished on six obsolete weapons...

The Latest: Sudan army, protesters ink final transition deal

Aug. 17, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on Sudan's transition to civilian rule (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Sudan's army and the country's pro-democracy movement have signed a final power-sharing deal at a ceremony in the capital, Khartoum. Saturday's agreement paves the way for a transition to civilian rule following the...

Hong Kong police: not aware of any military plans by China

Aug. 15, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Three senior Hong Kong police officers said Thursday that they are not aware of any plans for Chinese forces to join efforts to quell mass demonstrations in the territory, as images this week showed paramilitary exercises in a neighboring mainland city. The officers added that they are...

Libya officials: Fighting around Tripoli resumes, truce over

Aug. 13, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Fighting around Tripoli resumed overnight, following a two-day truce observed during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Libyan officials said Tuesday. The two-day cease-fire — proposed by the U.N. — was the first since the self-styled Libyan National Army led by commander...

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...

Man in anthem attack convinced Trump ordered it, lawyer says

Aug. 8, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man charged with assaulting a 13-year-old boy who refused to remove his hat during the national anthem believed he was doing what President Donald Trump wanted him to do, his attorney said. Attorney Lance Jasper told the Missoulian he will seek a mental health evaluation...