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China Communist Party policy meeting endorses leader Xi's high-tech vision for economy

Jul. 18, 2024 06:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party wrapped up a top-level meeting on Thursday by endorsing policies aimed at advancing the country’s technological power and fortifying its national security. A statement released when the four-day meeting ended provided only a...

US Army honors Nisei combat unit that helped liberate Tuscany from Nazi-Fascist forces in WWII

Jul. 18, 2024 01:14 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The U.S. military is celebrating a little-known part of World War II history, honoring the Japanese-American U.S. Army unit that was key to liberating parts of Italy and France even while the troops' relatives were interned at home as enemies of the state following Japan’s attack on...

Shiite Muslims in Lebanon and Iraq commemorate Ashoura, marking the death of Imam Hussein

Jul. 17, 2024 22:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Shiite Muslims Wednesday in Lebanon and Iraq commemorated Ashoura, marking the 7th-century death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith, while paying tribute to Palestinians as the Israel-Hamas war entered its 10th month and tensions heightened...

This is how the US-built pier to bring aid to Gaza worked — or not

Jul. 17, 2024 17:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military's pier to get humanitarian aid into Gaza has come to an end after a series of problems. The pier was pulled from the Gaza shore on June 28 due to rough seas, and bad weather prevented troops from reinstalling it. Now, it's being dismantled and...

Archeologists find musket balls fired during 1 of the first battles in the Revolutionary War

Jul. 17, 2024 17:02 PM EDT

CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Nearly 250 years ago, hundreds of militiamen lined a hillside in Massachusetts and started firing a barrage of musket balls toward retreating British troops, marking the first major battle in the Revolutionary War. The latest evidence of that firefight is five...

Pentagon leaker Jack Teixeira to face a military court-martial, Air Force says

Jul. 17, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira, who pleaded guilty in March to federal criminal charges for leaking highly classified military documents, will now face a military court-martial. Teixeira admitted to illegally collecting some of the nation’s...

US military pier for carrying aid to Gaza will be dismantled after weather and security problems

Jul. 17, 2024 15:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military-built pier to carry humanitarian aid to Gaza will be dismantled and brought home, ending a mission that has been fraught with repeated weather and security problems that limited how much food and other supplies could get to starving Palestinians. ...

In and on the water, French troops secure the River Seine for the Paris Olympics opening ceremony

Jul. 17, 2024 14:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French soldiers and police are being deployed both in and along the River Seine to make it safe during the grandiose opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics, when thousands of athletes will sail down the river at sunset toward the Eiffel Tower. The unprecedented...

2 men sentenced in 2021 armed standoff on Massachusetts highway

Jul. 17, 2024 11:59 AM EDT

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — Two men have been sentenced for their role in an armed standoff on a busy Massachusetts highway in 2021 that lasted more than eight hours and caused traffic delays during a busy Fourth of July weekend. Jamhal Tavon Sanders Latimer was sentenced Tuesday in...

Three days after attempted assassination, Trump shooter remains an elusive enigma

Jul. 17, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

BETHEL PARK, Pa. (AP) — After three days, an enigmatic portrait emerged of the 20-year-old man who came close to killing former President Donald Trump with a high-velocity bullet: He was an intelligent loner with few friends, an apparently thin social media footprint and no hints of strong...