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IS militants riot in eastern Syria prison, some escape

Mar. 29, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants rioted inside in a prison in northeastern Syria, wrestling control from guards on an entire floor in the facility while a number of prisoners managed to escape, a Syrian Kurdish official said Sunday. Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic...

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from launch complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with a payload of a high frequency satellite Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Space Force launches its 1st mission with virus precautions

Mar. 26, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The newly established U.S. Space Force launched its first national security satellite Thursday with a leaner staff because of the coronavirus pandemic. "Nothing stops the space launch mission!" the 45th Space Wing tweeted from Cape Canaveral. The approximately $1 billion...

FILE - In this March 6, 2012 file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now, left, taken from the video, released by his captors in Washington during a news conference. The family of retired FBI agent Levinson said Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that U.S. government officials have concluded that he has died while in the custody of Iran. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Family: US believes ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson has died

Mar. 25, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished more than a decade ago, died while in the custody of Iran, his family and administration officials said Wednesday. The circumstances and timing of Levinson's death were unclear, but White House...

The Latest: South Korea raises testing of European arrivals

Mar. 22, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 336,000 people and killed more than 14,600. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More...

Travelers walk past canceled flights on a schedule board, some due to the coronavirus, at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan urges against nonessential travel to US

Mar. 22, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 307,200 people and killed more than 13,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 92,300...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Mar. 21, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor; Govs. Phil Murphy, D-N.J., and Gretchen Whitmer, D-Mich.; former White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert; former acting Homeland Security...

Greece: 11 arrests, arms seized in Turkey-linked terror raid

Mar. 20, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police in Greece said Friday they have seized grenade launchers and other weapons in raids against suspected members of a far-left Turkish armed group. The raids were carried out at two properties in Athens Thursday against alleged members of Revolutionary People’s Liberation...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019, file photo, National Counterterrorism Center acting Director Russell Travers testifies before a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration said Thursday, March 19, 2020, that it was replacing Travers, the acting chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, part of an ongoing leadership shakeup in the intelligence community. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump administration replaces counterterrorism chief

Mar. 19, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that it was replacing the acting chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, part of an ongoing leadership shakeup in the intelligence community. Russell Travers took over as acting director of the NCTC last August and has spent decades in...

Greek counterterror police seize arms, detain more than 20

Mar. 19, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek anti-terrorism police detained more than 20 people in raids in Athens Thursday and seized heavy weaponry including anti-tank arms, authorities said. A police statement said the raids in two central Athens locations followed cooperation with Greece's secret service. Press reports...

Suspected Jemaah Islamiyah leader on trial in Indonesia

Mar. 18, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The suspected leader of Indonesia's al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network went on trial Wednesday on charges of terrorism that could result in a death sentence. Prosecutors told the East Jakarta District Court that Para Wijayanto became leader of the banned organization in...