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Financial unit with Tennessee Guard heading to Europe

Sep. 28, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A financial management detachment with the Tennessee National Guard is departing for a 10-month deployment to Europe to support Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo, officials said. The 1129th Finance Management Support Detachment is stopping at Fort Hood, Texas, for mobilization...

FILE - In this March 31, 2020, file photo a U.S. Army soldier walks inside a mobile surgical unit being set up by soldiers from Fort Carson, Col., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) as part of a field hospital inside CenturyLink Field Event Center, in Seattle. Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period last year, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked, as service members struggle with isolation and other impacts of COVID-19 added to the pressures of war-zone deployments and responding to national disasters and civil unrest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Military suicides up as much as 20% in COVID era

Sep. 27, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle under COVID-19, war-zone deployments, national disasters and civil unrest. While the data is incomplete and...

Hysni Gucati, the head of the War Veterans Organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army is escorted by European Union security police officers, from the offices of a war veterans association in Kosovo, in Pristina, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Witnesses say European Union security police have stormed the offices of a war veterans association in Kosovo. The association represents the former ethnic Albanian separatists who fought Serbian troops in a 1998-1999 war for independence. Members of the group said police from the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, or EULEX, prevented them from going into the association’s offices in Pristina on Friday.  (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

EU police arrest Kosovo war veterans' leader, raid offices

Sep. 25, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — European Union security police arrested the leader of a Kosovar war veterans association for obstruction of justice when officers stormed its offices Friday, apparently to get hold of international prosecutors’ files from a war crimes investigation that the association said...

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 6, 2016 file photo, ground crew prepares a Mig 21 fighter jet for a flight at the military airport Batajnica, near Belgrade, Serbia. Serbia's defense ministry says that a military jet has crashed near the country's border with Bosnia. The statement says that the accident happened around 9a.m. (0700GMT) on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

MiG-21 military jet crashes near Serbia's border with Bosnia

Sep. 25, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian military jet crashed Friday in western Serbia near the country’s border with Bosnia, killing the two pilots on board, the Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the MiG-21 plane was on a “regular” flying mission when it crashed around 9 a.m....

Czechs to acquire Israeli air defense system in $400M deal

Sep. 25, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic wants to buy a new air defense system for its military from the Israeli government, the defense ministry said on Friday. The Czechs want to acquire the SPYDER system, which is made by the Israeli state-run company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and is capable of...

Hysni Gucati head of the War Veterans Organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army looks at a photo of his co-fighter former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Salih Mustafa after news of his arrest,  during an interview with The Associated Press, in Pristina, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. A special international court said Thursday that a former commander of the separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war has been arrested as part of a war crimes and crimes against humanity probe stemming from the conflict with Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

1st Kosovar Albanian arrested on war crimes charges

Sep. 24, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A special international court said Thursday that a former commander of the separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war has been arrested on charges including torture of detainees and the murder of one prisoner held at a compound in Kosovo during the conflict. The Kosovo Specialist...

Lt. Gen. Ahn Young Ho, left, a top official at the South Korean military's office of the Joint Chiefs of staff, gives a briefing on North Korea's shooting of a South Korean government official as Defense Minister Suh Wook listens at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. South Korea said Thursday North Korean troops shot a South Korean government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire, after they found him on a floating object in waters near the rivals' disputed sea boundary. (Ha Sa-hun/Yonhap via AP)

Seoul: North Korea kills S. Korean official, burns his body

Sep. 24, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday that North Korean troops fatally shot a South Korean government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire after finding him on a floating object near the countries' disputed sea boundary. South Korean officials condemned what they...

Police move after a Louisville Police officer was shot, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The jury presented its decision against fired officer Brett Hankison Wednesday to a judge in Louisville, where the shooting took place. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: Black women address rally in downtown Portland

Sep. 24, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT) 1:30 a.m. In downtown Portland, Oregon, the site of months of demonstrations against police brutality, several hundred people held a...

Protesters react to gunfire, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A police officer was shot in the evening. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The jury presented its decision against fired officer Brett Hankison Wednesday to a judge in Louisville, where the shooting took place. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests

Sep. 24, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hours after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for Breonna Taylor's death and protesters took to the streets, authorities said two officers were shot and wounded Wednesday night during the demonstrations expressing anger over the killings of Black...

General becomes 1st Black head of U.S. Air Force Academy

Sep. 23, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Academy installed a new superintendent who will be the first Black officer to lead the military institution. Lt. Gen. Richard Clark also became the first former commandant of cadets to return to the top position at the academy near Colorado Springs, The...