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Sri Lanka asks US to review travel ban on its army chief

Feb. 16, 2020 7:16 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka asked the United States on Sunday to review its decision to impose a travel ban on the island nation's army chief, who has been accused of grave human rights abuses during the final stage of the country's civil war that ended 11 years ago. Foreign Minister Dinesh...

U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

US defense chief slams China as rising threat to world order

Feb. 15, 2020 7:00 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday cast China as a rising threat to world order — saying the world's most populous nation steals Western know-how, intimidates smaller neighbors and seeks an “advantage by any means and at any cost.” A frequent critic of China,...

FILE - This April 24, 2009, file photo shows Sri Lanka's Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva at a military facility in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka.  The U.S. government on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020,  issued a travel ban on Sri Lanka's army chief, saying there is “credible information of his involvement” in human rights violations during the final phase of the island nation's civil war that ended 11 years ago, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said.  Silva, and his immediate family members are now prohibited from traveling to the U.S. in a ban that was quickly denounced by Sri Lanka's government, which said “there were no substantiated or proven allegations of human rights violations

US travel ban for Sri Lanka army chief in hospital shelling

Feb. 14, 2020 3:06 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday issued a travel ban Sri Lanka's army chief, saying there is “credible information of his involvement” in human rights violations during the final phase of the island nation's civil war that ended 11 years ago, Secretary of State Michael...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington.  Esper said Tuesday he is looking to NATO allies for more help countering the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and in bolstering U.S. defense efforts in the Middle East more broadly. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

US to seek more help from NATO to counter Islamic State

Feb. 11, 2020 3:13 PM EST

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday he is looking to NATO allies for more help countering the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and in bolstering U.S. defense efforts in the Middle East more broadly. In an interview while flying to Brussels to attend a NATO defense...

Thailand Army Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong speaks during a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Kongsompong apologized and send his condolences to the families of victims of the mass shooting, conducted by Thai Army soldier on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 and confirmed the Army will compensate those who are affected by the incident. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai army chief: Gunman wasn't treated fairly in land deal

Feb. 11, 2020 2:38 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's army commander said Tuesday the soldier who killed 29 people in a shooting rampage had not been treated fairly in a land deal involving his commander and such arrangements would have to be halted. The gunman killed his superior officer and the officer's mother-in-law, stole...

A truck with soldiers and sniffer dogs enter Thai army's 22nd Ammunition Battalion in Surathampitak Military Camp, where a Thai soldier turned mass shooter stole a cache of weapons in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. It's still unclear how a Thai soldier managed to steal heavy weapons from an army base which he then used to kill 29 people and hold off security forces for almost 16 hours while he was holed up in a popular shopping mall. That he could do so is less surprising, experts in military matters say. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai soldier's deadly rampage reveals security lapses

Feb. 11, 2020 12:28 AM EST

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (AP) — As this Thai city mourns the 29 people killed in a weekend shooting rampage, many are questioning the apparent security lapses that allowed him to steal the weapons he used in the assault. It's still unclear how the gunman, identified as Sgt. Maj. Jakrapanth Thomma,...

Forensic officers inspect a shooting scene outside the Terminal 21 Korat mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Thai officials say a soldier who went on a shooting rampage and killed numerous people and injured dozens of others has been shot dead inside the mall in northeastern Thailand. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

Thai mass shooting that killed 29 lasted 16 hours

Feb. 9, 2020 3:20 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A soldier angry about a land dispute went on a 16-hour shooting rampage in northeastern Thailand, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens more. Police and military personnel hunted the gunman overnight in a shopping mall where he had holed up and shot him dead Sunday morning. It was...

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2019, file photo members of the military attend a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Suicides in the active-duty Air Force surged last year to the highest total in at least three decades, even as the other military services saw their numbers stabilize or decline, according to officials and unpublished preliminary data. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Air Force suicides surged last year to highest in 3 decades

Feb. 8, 2020 12:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides in the active-duty Air Force surged last year to the highest total in at least three decades, even as the other military services saw their numbers stabilize or decline, according to officials and unpublished preliminary data. The reasons for the Air Force increase are not fully...

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign event Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Trump's ex-Navy secretary endorses Bloomberg for president

Feb. 7, 2020 1:31 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The former Navy secretary who was fired after criticizing President Donald Trump endorsed Democrat Michael Bloomberg for president on Friday, saying the U.S. needs a leader with integrity who would have “a steady hand on the wheel.” Former Secretary of the Navy Richard V....

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018 file photo, an Iraqi army soldier stands guard near a U.S.-made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air Base, Iraq. The Iraqi government has told its military not to seek assistance from the U.S.-led coalition forces in operations against the Islamic State group, two senior Iraqi military officials said. The move comes amid a crisis of mistrust tainting U.S.-Iraq ties after an American strike killed a top Iranian general and Iraqi militia commander. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Iraq considers deepening military ties with Russia

Feb. 6, 2020 3:51 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq and Russia discussed prospects for deepening military coordination, Iraq's Defense Ministry said Thursday, amid a strain in Baghdad-Washington relations after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general inside Iraq. The ministry statement followed a meeting in Baghdad between Iraqi...