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Colombia: 1,000 Venezuelan forces crossed border since Feb.

Mar. 18, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Colombian authorities say about 1,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces have fled to Colombia since last month, giving up weapons and uniforms as they abandon the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Colombia's foreign ministry on Monday released the updated...

Emerging online threats changing Homeland Security's role

Mar. 18, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that her department may have been founded to combat terrorism, but its mission is shifting to also confront emerging online threats. China, Iran and other countries are mimicking the approach that Russia used to interfere in the...

Syria's defense minister slams 'illegitimate' US presence

Mar. 18, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense minister on Monday slammed what he called the "illegitimate" U.S. military presence in his country, vowing that Damascus has a right to self-defense, while Iraq said a border crossing with Syria will open in the coming days. Syria's Gen. Ali Ayoub spoke during a rare...

The Latest: Dutch police cut number of shooting wounded to 5

Mar. 18, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a shooting in a tram in the Netherlands (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Police in Utrecht say they are reducing to five the number of people who were injured in a deadly shooting on a tram in the Dutch city. Earlier, police said nine people had been wounded in the...

UN report: Sex abuse in UN peacekeeping drops, up elsewhere

Mar. 18, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in U.N. peacekeeping missions decreased in 2018 — but allegations against other U.N. personnel and against staff of organizations implementing U.N. programs increased, according to a U.N. report released Monday. Secretary-General...

Officials seize 1 million pounds of pork amid virus concerns

Mar. 18, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal authorities say 1 million pounds (0.45 million kilograms) of pork products allegedly smuggled from China have been seized at a New Jersey port. Troy Miller, field operations director for the Customs and Border Protection in New York and New Jersey, says it's the largest...

US Navy won't alter sail-bys at sea despite China maneuver

Mar. 18, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. Navy won't alter its so-called "freedom of navigation" sail-bys in the disputed South China Sea and has pressed ahead with such operations despite a dangerous maneuver by a Chinese navy ship against an American destroyer, a senior U.S. Navy commander said Monday. Vice...

Dutch counterterror office raises threat level to maximum in Utrecht province as police hunt for tram gunman

Mar. 18, 2019 7:35 AM EDT
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch counterterror office raises threat level to maximum in Utrecht province as police hunt for tram gunman.

The Latest: Up to 500 homes damaged in 1 Nebraska county

Mar. 18, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 4 p.m. Flooding in Nebraska has badly damaged up to 500 houses in one county alone. Greg London of the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that one levee broke Thursday along the Platte River, and another broke Saturday. He...

The Latest: Booker says he would reverse transgender ban

Mar. 17, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Democratic White House hopeful Cory Booker said Sunday night he would reverse President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals serving in the military if elected president. Speaking to a crowd of more...