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Biden administration says 'Remain in Mexico' policy is over

Aug. 09, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that it ended a Trump-era policy requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, hours after a judge lifted an order in effect since December that it be reinstated. The timing had...

One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China

Aug. 08, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 official made clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted...

US to issue ID to migrants awaiting deportation proceedings

Aug. 05, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

U.S. immigration authorities are planning to issue photo ID cards to immigrants in deportation proceedings in a bid to slash paper use and help people stay up-to-date on required meetings and court hearings, officials said. The proposal from Immigration and Customs Enforcement is...

China conducts 'precision missile strikes' in Taiwan Strait

Aug. 04, 2022 22:46 PM EDT

KEELUNG, Taiwan (AP) — China conducted “precision missile strikes” Thursday in waters off Taiwan's coasts as part of military exercises that have raised tensions in the region to their highest level in decades following a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. China earlier...

US says Russia aims to fabricate evidence in prison deaths

Aug. 04, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday said new intelligence suggests Russia is working to fabricate evidence concerning last week's deadly strike on a prison housing prisoners of war in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine. U.S. intelligence officials have determined that...

Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen

Aug. 04, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — MJ was a tiny, black-haired girl, just 5 years old, when her father admitted to his bishop that he was sexually abusing her. The father, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an admitted pornography addict, was in counseling with his...

Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebuking Russia

Aug. 03, 2022 19:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for U.S. national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his...

EXPLAINER: A look at the missile that killed al-Qaida leader

Aug. 03, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a year, U.S. officials have been saying that taking out a terrorist threat in Afghanistan with no American troops on the ground would be difficult but not impossible. Last weekend, the U.S. did just that — killing al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri with a CIA drone strike. ...

The downside: US strike shows Afghanistan still terror base

Aug. 02, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is holding out the CIA operation that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri as a monumental strike against the global terror network responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001. But there's a downside, too. The drone strike also is...

Watching al-Qaida chief's 'pattern of life' key to his death

Aug. 02, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the sun was rising in Kabul on Sunday, two Hellfire missiles fired by a U.S. drone ended Ayman al-Zawahri's decade-long reign as the leader of al-Qaida. The seeds of the audacious counterterrorism operation had been planted over many months. U.S. officials had...