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Kurds meet with Syrian government to discuss self-rule

Aug. 14, 2018 9:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Representatives from Syria's Kurdish-run northeastern region met with the government in Damascus last week to discuss self-administration in a postwar Syria, a leading Kurdish official said Tuesday. It was the second meeting between the two sides, and they agreed to continue their...

China blasts US military bill as interference in its affairs

Aug. 14, 2018 7:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday blasted a U.S. military spending bill that calls for development of plans to help self-ruled Taiwan improve its defenses and warned of possible damage to cooperation in other areas. The provision in the 2019 military budget authorization "is full of cold war thinking" and...

Assaults by Taliban raise questions about US plan for peace

Aug. 14, 2018 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That's raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when...

Wyoming officials oppose returning war-trophy church bells

Aug. 13, 2018 8:57 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The United States should not return church bells seized as war trophies from the Philippines over a century ago, Wyoming's congressional delegation said Monday. It's a position Wyoming officials have repeated often over the years amid reports the Bells of Balangiga were to be...

Under new law, military kids get sex assault protections

Aug. 13, 2018 7:09 PM EDT

The Defense Department must improve the way it responds to child-on-child sexual assault at military bases in the U.S. and abroad as part of a sweeping new law President Donald Trump signed Monday. While the Pentagon began addressing sexual assault in the ranks a decade ago, an Associated Press investigation...

Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn't mention him

Aug. 13, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for John McCain but included no mention in his remarks of the Republican senator, who is battling brain cancer at home in Arizona. Trump and McCain are engaged in a long-running feud that dates to...

US commando dies after explosion in southern Afghanistan

Aug. 13, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army special forces soldier has died from wounds he received earlier this month in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province, the Defense Department said Monday. Sgt. 1st Class Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion, 36, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, died Sunday at a hospital in Germany. He was wounded...

Taliban offensive exposes fragile US hopes for Afghan peace

Aug. 13, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That's raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when...

White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

Aug. 13, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking...

Pentagon chief Mattis defends his reversal on Space Force

Aug. 12, 2018 7:18 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he is satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon's approach to space. Mattis, who last year opposed moves in Congress to create a separate space service, said his...