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Quake with preliminary magnitude 5.8 quake strikes Albania

Sep. 21, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

POGRADEC, Albania (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck the west of Albania on Saturday but caused only minor injuries, the country's government said. Citing the country's Institute of GeoSciences, Energy, Water and Environment, Albania's defense ministry said the quake struck 13...

The Latest: Promoter cancels 2nd night of an Area 51 event

Sep. 21, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on "Storm Area 51" events in two tiny Nevada towns near the once-secret military research site (all times local): 8:40 a.m. A promoter has canceled a second day of music, speakers and movies in Hiko (HI'-koh), tied to ongoing "Storm Area 51" festivities in the Nevada desert....

Syria says it captured drone near Israeli-occupied Golan

Sep. 21, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities captured and dismantled Saturday a drone rigged with cluster bombs near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, state news agency SANA said. SANA gave no further details about the drone but posted several photos of the unmanned aerial vehicle. Israel...

Albanian ship rescues 111 migrants in the Aegean Sea

Sep. 21, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry says one of its ships in the Aegean Sea has rescued 111 migrants trying to cross into Greece, and has handed them over to Turkish authorities. Defense Minister Olta Xhacka on Saturday wrote on her Facebook page that the Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian...

US to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran

Sep. 21, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil...

The Latest: US to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Sep. 21, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. response to attacks on the Saudi oil industry (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Pentagon says the U.S. will deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to beef up security, as President Donald Trump has at least for...

Area 51 events mostly peaceful; thousands in Nevada desert

Sep. 21, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Events involving thousands of Earthlings answering an internet buzz about an invitation to "Storm Area 51" in the Nevada desert have been mostly festive, with crowds numbering in the low thousands and few arrests, officials said. Three more people were arrested Friday on the remote...

Yemen rebels say they're halting attacks on Saudi Arabia

Sep. 20, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels said late Friday night that they were halting drone and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, one week after they claimed responsibility for a strike that crippled a key oil facility in the kingdom. The U.S. and the Saudis blamed the Sept. 14 attack on Iran, which backs...

Marines from California base charged with human smuggling

Sep. 20, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Nine Marines at California's Camp Pendleton base have been charged with human smuggling. They include two riflemen who were stopped by U.S. Border Patrol agents on July 3 driving from the US-Mexico border with three Mexicans in the back of a BMW. The corps on Friday said the...

US, El Salvador sign asylum deal, details to be worked out

Sep. 20, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Friday signed an agreement that paves the way for the U.S. to send many asylum-seekers to one of the world's most violent countries, El Salvador. But both countries must first take necessary legal actions and implement major border security and asylum procedures before...