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Warlord involved in hundreds of murders repatriated to Colombia after serving US drug sentence

Feb. 28, 2024 01:12 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian warlord Salvatore Mancuso was repatriated Tuesday after serving a drug trafficking sentence in the United States and being denied several requests to be sent to Italy, where he also has citizenship. Mancuso arrived in Bogota’s El Dorado Airport...

South Korean and US troops will begin major exercises next week in response to North Korean threats

Feb. 27, 2024 23:51 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean and U.S. troops will begin their expanded annual military drills next week in response to North Korea’s evolving nuclear threats, the two countries said Wednesday, a move that will likely enrage North Korea because it views its rivals’ joint training as...

D-Day vets in Britain honor comrades as 13 names are added to a memorial

Feb. 27, 2024 12:53 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — With medals pinned to their chests, two D-Day veterans proudly represented their comrades as 13 new names were added Tuesday to a memorial wall in southern England that honors those who took part in the Normandy landings. British veterans Stan Ford and John Roberts...

Here’s what to know about Sweden’s bumpy road toward NATO membership

Feb. 26, 2024 17:57 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s bid to join NATO — held up for almost two years — cleared its last hurdle when Hungary gave its go-ahead Monday to let the Nordic country into the alliance. It brought an end to more than 18 months of delays by the nationalist government in Budapest...

Who was to blame for secrecy surrounding Austin's hospitalization? A Pentagon report says no one

Feb. 26, 2024 15:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal review blames privacy restrictions and staff hesitancy for the Pentagon's failure last month to quickly notify the president and other senior leaders about Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's hospitalization for complications from prostate cancer surgery. ...

Israel's air force strikes deep inside Lebanon, killing 2 people, after Hezbollah downs a drone

Feb. 26, 2024 13:15 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Israeli military said its air force on Monday struck targets of the militant Hezbollah group “deep inside Lebanon,” as Lebanese officials said targets were hit near the northeastern city of Baalbek. At least two Hezbollah members were killed in the strikes, an official for...

US and British strikes on Houthi sites in Yemen answer militants’ surge in Red Sea attacks on ships

Feb. 25, 2024 12:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Britain struck 18 Houthi targets in Yemen, answering a recent surge in attacks by the Iran-backed militia group on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, including a missile strike this past week that set fire to a cargo vessel. According to U.S....

Many in Myanmar consider fleeing to Thailand to escape conscription into an army they despise

Feb. 24, 2024 03:43 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thwel, a 25-year-old schoolteacher, saw very few options left to her after Myanmar’s military announced it is implementing conscription to fill its ranks. “As a person living in this country, I only have two options: to go abroad illegally or die here,” Thwel...

After 2 years of war, questions abound on whether Kyiv can sustain the fight against Russia

Feb. 24, 2024 00:12 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The future looks bleak for war-weary Ukraine: It is beset by shortages in soldiers and ammunition, as well as doubts about the supply of Western aid. Ukrainian forces also face a Russian enemy that has recently seized the initiative on the battlefield. Two...

Ukraine claims it downed another Russian early warning and control plane in a major blow to Moscow

Feb. 23, 2024 22:00 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces downed a Russian early warning and control aircraft Friday, the air force chief said — a major win for the country as its army fights to repel persistent Russian attacks along the front line as the war enters its third year. Gen. Mykola...