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India's military chief, 12 others killed in helicopter crash

Dec. 08, 2021 08:01 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s air force says the country's military chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others were killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash in southern Tamil Nadu state. It said in a tweet that the helicopter "met with a tragic accident.” It said...

Rights groups call for release of US journalist in Lebanon

Dec. 08, 2021 07:04 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities should immediately release a freelance American journalist who was detained in Beirut last month and continues to be held even after a prosecutor ordered her release, two international human rights groups said Wednesday. Human Rights Watch and...

Afghans wait and worry at US bases after frantic evacuation

Dec. 08, 2021 05:29 AM EST

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (AP) — The former interpreter for the U.S. Army counts himself among the lucky as an Afghan who managed to make it through frantic crowds outside the Kabul airport to board a military evacuation flight out of the country with little more than the clothes on...

Biden-Putin talks yield no breakthrough in Ukraine tensions

Dec. 08, 2021 00:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin were still far apart after two hours of talks on the escalating crisis caused by Russia’s massing of tens of thousands of troops near its border with Ukraine. Biden delivered a simple message during Tuesday’s video call...

Tucson names Deputy Chief Chad Kasmar as new police chief

Dec. 08, 2021 00:04 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Tucson City Council has voted unanimously to make Deputy Chief Chad Kasmar the new chief of the city’s police department. Kasmar, a 21-year police veteran, replaces Chris Magnus, who was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate to lead Customs and Border...

Biden, Putin square off as tension grows on Ukraine border

Dec. 07, 2021 21:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face for over two hours, President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin squared off in a secure video call Tuesday as the U.S. president put Moscow on notice that an invasion of Ukraine would bring sanctions and enormous harm to the Russian economy. ...

5-year sentence for bribe case involving military contracts

Dec. 07, 2021 20:35 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Georgia businessman has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $2.3 million in restitution in connection with a bribery case involving military transportation contracts. Darrel Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty in January. Prosecutors said...

EXPLAINER: What's behind Russia-Ukraine tensions?

Dec. 07, 2021 09:37 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor. The Kremlin insists it has no such intention and has accused Ukraine and its Western backers of making the claims...

Dutch court upholds Gantz immunity in Israeli airstrike case

Dec. 07, 2021 09:11 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to throw out a civil case against Israel's defense minister and another former senior military officer over their roles in a deadly 2014 airstrike. The Hague District Court ruled in...

Cambodia's premier to visit military-led Myanmar next month

Dec. 07, 2021 03:17 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen will pay an official visit early next month to military-ruled Myanmar, seeking to patch up the generals’ battered relationship with Southeast Asia's regional bloc of nations, a spokesperson for the Cambodian leader said Tuesday. ...