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House passes defense bill scrapping COVID vaccine mandate

Dec. 08, 2022 17:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to rescind the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the U.S. military and provide nearly $858 billion for national defense passed the House on Thursday as lawmakers scratch off one of the final items on their yearly to-do list. The bill provides for...

Ross picked for top post in Tennessee National Guard

Dec. 08, 2022 15:55 PM EST

Gov. Bill Lee has picked Brigadier General Warner A. Ross II to lead the Tennessee National Guard. A governor’s office news release says Ross will serve as adjutant general and commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Military beginning Jan. 21. He will replace...

Protests in Sudan demand army leave power, reject deal

Dec. 08, 2022 13:10 PM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Sudan's capital Thursday, demanding the ouster of its military rulers and rejecting a deal for the gradual transfer of power to civilian leaders. Sudan has been in turmoil since an uprising overthrew its longtime...

Palestinians: Israeli army kills 4 in West Bank violence

Dec. 08, 2022 12:36 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, the latest violence to shake the region after months of unrest. Late Thursday, Israeli forces shot dead a...

US to deploy more troops to Estonia to boost NATO defenses

Dec. 08, 2022 09:12 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The United States will deploy additional infantry troops to the Baltic country of Estonia “in the coming weeks” to strengthen defenses on NATO’s eastern flank, Estonian defense officials said Thursday. The deployment consists of a U.S. infantry company...

EXPLAINER: What end of vaccine mandate means for US troops

Dec. 07, 2022 17:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' move to eliminate the Pentagon mandate that all U.S. service members get the COVID-19 vaccine delivers a victory for lawmakers and troops who oppose getting the shot, but it raises questions and potential risks, especially for forces deploying overseas. ...

2 killed in protest over Iraqi activist's prison sentence

Dec. 07, 2022 16:09 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least two protesters were killed Wednesday in southern Iraq after security forces opened fire on a crowd demonstrating against a harsh prison sentence handed down against a young Iraqi activist over a Twitter post, local officials said. Hundreds of protesters took...

US to boost natural gas exports to UK in energy partnership

Dec. 07, 2022 11:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will increase exports of liquefied natural gas to Britain under a new agreement calling for the two countries to work together to boost energy security and drive down prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. President Joe Biden and...

Coast Guard faults pilot in Chesapeake Bay ship grounding

Dec. 07, 2022 11:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Coast Guard investigation into the grounding in March of a cargo ship in the Chesapeake Bay faulted the pilot tasked with helping the ship navigate the waterway, saying he relied too much on one piece of equipment to navigate and was on his cellphone in the runup to the...

Suicide bomber hits Indonesian police station, killing 1

Dec. 07, 2022 07:19 AM EST

BANDUNG, Indonesia (AP) — A Muslim militant and convicted bomb-maker who was released from prison last year blew himself up Wednesday at a police station on Indonesia’s main island of Java, killing an officer and wounding 11 people, officials said. The attacker entered the...