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N. Korea confirms missile tests as Kim visits munitions site

Jan. 27, 2022 20:16 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday its two latest rounds of weapons tests this week were successful while vowing to bolster its nuclear “war deterrent” and speed up the development of more powerful warheads. It appeared North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not...

Ukraine crisis updates: What to know as tensions rise

Jan. 27, 2022 19:28 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States and NATO have made no concessions to the main Russian demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine, including giving Moscow a guarantee that its western neighbor can never join the alliance. The focus is now on how Russia will respond — a...

N. Korea, after harsh 2-year lockdown, slowly reopens border

Jan. 27, 2022 19:24 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After spending two years in a strict lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Korea may finally be opening up — slowly. The reason could reflect a growing sense of recognition by the leadership that the nation badly needs to win outside economic relief. ...

Austin orders more focus on limiting civilian casualties

Jan. 27, 2022 18:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday ordered his staff to quickly develop an “action plan” for improving how the Pentagon limits and responds to civilian casualties caused by American airstrikes. He called protection of civilians vital to U.S. military success and a...

Danish troops to leave Mali after call from country's rulers

Jan. 27, 2022 16:50 PM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark will pull its small military force out of northern Mali after the West African country's transitional government said no permission had been given for them to deploy there, the Danish foreign minister said Thursday. The government in Bamako, under...

Texan admits smuggling migrants in a US flag-draped coffin

Jan. 27, 2022 16:19 PM EST

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who transported two men from Mexico in a U.S. flag-draped coffin has pleaded guilty to human smuggling. Zachary Taylor Blood of Galveston faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for his plea this week in federal court...

Russian roar on Ukraine rings hollow to Latin America allies

Jan. 27, 2022 16:10 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — It was a classic Russian power play with echoes of Cold War gamesmanship. Shortly after entering into service in 2019, Russia's most advanced warship made a goodwill tour of the Caribbean, armed with cruise missiles, air defense systems and other weapons. ...

Coast Guard to suspend search for migrants off Florida

Jan. 27, 2022 15:43 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard said Thursday that it had found four additional bodies in its search for dozens of migrants lost at sea off Florida but would suspend its rescue operations at sunset if it doesn’t receive any new information. Homeland Security...

6 dead, 30 missing after migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

Jan. 27, 2022 14:18 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least six Africans trying to migrate to Europe died and an estimated 30 were missing in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat sank off the coast of Tunisia on Thursday, according to Tunisia’s Defense Ministry. Tunisian naval and coast guard forces...

Saudi-led coalition says it's probing deadly prison strike

Jan. 27, 2022 11:51 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The Saud Arabia-led coalition at war in Yemen announced Thursday it is investigating an airstrike on a detention facility there that killed dozens of people. The strike last week on the prison in the north of the country was one of the deadliest single attacks in the...