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Mattis send-off as US war-booty bells return to Philippines

Nov. 13, 2018 4:54 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. defense secretary plans to take part in a ceremony in Wyoming marking the beginning of a process to return three disputed church bells to the Philippines. The Defense Department says Defense Secretary James Mattis plans to travel Wednesday to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in...

UN heartened by Libya commitments ahead of 2019 conference

Nov. 13, 2018 12:31 PM EST

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said Tuesday he was encouraged by support from Libyan factions and the international community for a national conference planned for early 2019 to chart a path to greater stability and elections in the lawless country. Ghassan Salame praised the "louder sound...

Germany's Merkel calls for creation of an EU army

Nov. 13, 2018 10:33 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union should work toward creating its own joint army, just after marking the centenary of the end of World War I with world leaders in France. Merkel told EU lawmakers Tuesday that "we have to work on the vision of one day creating a real...

Zimbabwean generals deny troops shot and killed 6 protesters

Nov. 13, 2018 9:30 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabweans have reacted with stunned disbelief to the testimony by two generals who denied troops killed six people in August when the military was called in to crush protests following the country's disputed elections. The generals suggested that Zimbabwe's opposition was...

Israel, Hamas trade heavy fire after deadly incursion

Nov. 12, 2018 9:31 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants bombarded Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Monday, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in what appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire since a 2014 war. Palestinian officials said at least three people,...

Afghan leader tells US audience that Taliban not winning war

Nov. 12, 2018 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Afghanistan told a U.S. audience Monday that his country is not losing the war to the Taliban and is not at risk of collapse amid escalating attacks by the militant group and an expansion of the territory it controls. President Ashraf Ghani said his administration is...

Leaders meet in Italy to find settlement in Libya

Nov. 12, 2018 3:06 PM EST

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Representatives of Libya's quarrelling factions and of countries keen on stabilizing the North African nation started meetings in Sicily on Monday, as Italy encourages a political settlement that could bolster the fight against Islamic militants and stop illegal migrants from...

The Latest: Leaders discuss Ukraine elections at Paris meet

Nov. 11, 2018 8:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The latest on commemorations a century after the end of World War I (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The spokesman for Petro Poroshenko says the Ukrainian president has met with the leaders of Germany and France in Paris amid the ceremonies commemorating the end of World War I, and that they...

Israeli soldier, 7 Palestinians killed in new Gaza fighting

Nov. 11, 2018 7:36 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A fresh wave of fighting erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, leaving an Israeli soldier and seven Palestinians dead, just as Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers had appeared to be making progress toward ratcheting down months of border violence....

Iranian border guards kill 2, wound 3 Pakistanis

Nov. 11, 2018 8:26 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says Iranian border guards have killed two people trying to cross through an illegal route from the Panjgur district in Baluchistan. Sabir Baluch, a Baluchistan Levies Force official, says Sunday three others were wounded and taken to a Panjgur hospital. In...