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Pakistan charges 250 lawyers for treason in hospital assault

Dec. 12, 2019 6:35 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan on Thursday leveled “treason” charges against 250 lawyers who were part of a mob that stormed a hospital in the eastern city of Lahore the previous day, kicking and punching doctors and staff and trashing equipment and property, police said. Three patients at...

US considers leaving smaller number of troops in Afghanistan

Dec. 11, 2019 4:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not...

China and US clash over Xinjiang, Hong Kong bills

Dec. 4, 2019 5:28 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Already strained relations between China and the United States were further muddied after U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill targeting Beijing’s mass crackdown on ethnic Muslim minorities Wednesday, less than one week after President Donald Trump signed separate human rights...

Focus on early release of terror convict in London stabbings

Dec. 1, 2019 5:14 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Usman Khan was convicted on terrorism charges but let out of prison early. He attended a “Learning Together” conference for ex-offenders, and used the event to launch a bloody attack, stabbing two people to death and wounding three others. Police shot him dead after he flashed...

UK police: Bridge attacker had been jailed for terror crimes

Nov. 29, 2019 10:17 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A man imprisoned six years for terrorism offenses before his release last year stabbed several people in London on Friday, two fatally, before being tackled by members of the public and then fatally shot by officers on London Bridge. Neil Basu, London’s police counterterrorism head,...

The Latest: Police ID London Bridge attacker as ex-convict

Nov. 29, 2019 7:57 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on an incident in London Bridge (all times local): 12:50 a.m. British police say a man who stabbed two people to death and wounded three others was a 28-year-old who had served a prison sentence for terrorism offenses. The Metropolitan Police force says the suspected attacker is...

Islamic State group affiliate claims French crash in Mali

Nov. 28, 2019 1:20 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — An Islamic State group affiliate claimed responsibility Thursday for a helicopter collision that killed 13 French soldiers earlier this week in Mali, while France said it will reassess its military operation in West and Central Africa after its deadliest toll in nearly four decades. The...

Chinese security forces in joint anti-terror drill in Serbia

Nov. 28, 2019 8:40 AM EST

SMEDEREVO, Serbia (AP) — Serbian and Chinese security forces held joint anti-terror drills in the Balkan country on Thursday in a sign of Beijing’s growing influence in the volatile region. The drill, held at a China-owned steel mill near Belgrade, included special police troops from both countries...

Wind could ground big balloons at NYC’s Thanksgiving parade

Nov. 27, 2019 5:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Smokey Bear might feel like he’s battling Santa Ana winds — if he even gets a chance to fly. New York City’s big Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place Thursday amid strong winds that could potentially ground the giant character balloons, which have...

Amnesty: Egypt uses prosecution branch to crush dissent

Nov. 27, 2019 3:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s government is using a secretive judicial agency designed to fight terrorism to detain peaceful protesters, journalists and critics on trumped-up charges without trial, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday. The 60-page report by the London-based rights group...