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Volunteer Divino Humberto tries to douse the fire along a dirt road off the Trans-Pantanal highway, in the Pantanal wetlands near Pocone, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Pouring the water had little effect as wind redirected the fire toward a tree, causing it to explode as though it had been soaked with gasoline. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

As Brazil's wetlands burned, government did little to help

Sep. 30, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

PORTO JOFRE, Brazil (AP) — After hours navigating Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands in search of jaguars earlier this month, Daniel Moura beached his boat to survey the fire damage. In every direction, he saw only devastation. No wildlife, and no support from federal authorities. “We used to see...

In this image taken from video released by the Armenian Defense Ministry on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, Armenian solders guard their position in the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Armenia's Foreign Ministry in a statement

Armenia, Azerbaijan fight for 4th day over separatist region

Sep. 30, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued for a fourth straight day on Wednesday, in the biggest escalation of a decades-old conflict in years that has killed dozens and left scores of others wounded. ...

Judge allows US suit against Libyan commander to move ahead

Sep. 29, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request from a Libyan military commander who once lived in Virginia to toss out lawsuits accusing him of war atrocities. At a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Judge Leonie Brinkema said the accusations against Libyan National Army...

In this photo provided by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah Abdullah, left, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, bumps elbows with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, upon for a meeting, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Afghanistan's top official in negotiations with the Taliban arrived in Pakistan's capital Monday on a three-day trip during which he will meet with the country's prime minister and other government officials. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

Afghan peace negotiator urges new era in ties with Pakistan

Sep. 29, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The chief of Afghanistan’s peace negotiating team said Tuesday on a visit to Pakistan that the time has come for the two neighboring countries to shun the suspicion, “stale rhetoric” and tired conspiracy theories that have dogged past relations. Abdullah Abdullah is in...

Staff Sergeant Ryan Graves talks about the death of his fellow solider, Staff Sergeant Jason Lowe, during an interview on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Days before taking his own life, Lowe graduated second in his class in the Army's Advanced Leader Course. Graves told The Associated Press Lowe

As suicides rise, Army brass reassessing outreach

Sep. 28, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — If there were any signs that Staff Sgt. Jason Lowe was struggling, the soldiers he served alongside didn’t see them. The 27-year-old paratrooper was a top performer. He was on the Commandant’s List and had just finished second in his class in the Army’s...

In this picture provided by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, second left, is accompanied by Pakistani officials upon his arrival at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Afghanistan's top official in negotiations with the Taliban arrived in Pakistan's capital Monday on a three-day trip during which he will meet with the country's prime minister and other government officials. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

Top Afghan negotiator in Taliban talks arrives in Pakistan

Sep. 28, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan's top official in negotiations with the Taliban arrived in Pakistan's capital Monday on a three-day trip during which he will meet with the country's prime minister and other government officials. Abdullah Abdullah, who leads the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation,...

FILE - In this March 31, 2020, file photo a U.S. Army soldier walks inside a mobile surgical unit being set up by soldiers from Fort Carson, Col., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) as part of a field hospital inside CenturyLink Field Event Center, in Seattle. Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period last year, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked, as service members struggle with isolation and other impacts of COVID-19 added to the pressures of war-zone deployments and responding to national disasters and civil unrest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Military suicides up as much as 20% in COVID era

Sep. 27, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle under COVID-19, war-zone deployments, national disasters and civil unrest. While the data is incomplete and...

Hysni Gucati, the head of the War Veterans Organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army is escorted by European Union security police officers, from the offices of a war veterans association in Kosovo, in Pristina, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Witnesses say European Union security police have stormed the offices of a war veterans association in Kosovo. The association represents the former ethnic Albanian separatists who fought Serbian troops in a 1998-1999 war for independence. Members of the group said police from the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, or EULEX, prevented them from going into the association’s offices in Pristina on Friday.  (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

EU police arrest Kosovo war veterans' leader, raid offices

Sep. 25, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — European Union security police arrested the leader of a Kosovar war veterans association for obstruction of justice when officers stormed its offices Friday, apparently to get hold of international prosecutors’ files from a war crimes investigation that the association said...

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 6, 2016 file photo, ground crew prepares a Mig 21 fighter jet for a flight at the military airport Batajnica, near Belgrade, Serbia. Serbia's defense ministry says that a military jet has crashed near the country's border with Bosnia. The statement says that the accident happened around 9a.m. (0700GMT) on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

MiG-21 military jet crashes near Serbia's border with Bosnia

Sep. 25, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian military jet crashed Friday in western Serbia near the country’s border with Bosnia, killing the two pilots on board, the Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the MiG-21 plane was on a “regular” flying mission when it crashed around 9 a.m....

Czechs to acquire Israeli air defense system in $400M deal

Sep. 25, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic wants to buy a new air defense system for its military from the Israeli government, the defense ministry said on Friday. The Czechs want to acquire the SPYDER system, which is made by the Israeli state-run company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and is capable of...