Latest Armed forces News

Russia blames Israel for downing of plane by Syrian forces

Sep. 23, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday again blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane by Syrian government forces, adding that Israel appeared "ungrateful" for Moscow's efforts to rein in Iran-backed fighters in Syria. Syrian government forces mistook the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance...

China summons US envoys over sanctions linked to Russia deal

Sep. 22, 2018 9:24 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a U.S. trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment. The Defense Ministry said...

Chinese navy hospital ship docks in Venezuela amid crisis

Sep. 22, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

LA GUAIRA, Venezuela (AP) — A Chinese navy hospital ship docked near Venezuela's capital on Saturday as the OPEC nation's deepening economic crisis garners the attention of the U.S. and other world powers. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino was on hand to greet the People's Liberation Army Navy's ship, the...

Funeral held for woman allegedly killed by border agent

Sep. 22, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — About 150 people have gathered at a Texas church for the funeral of one of the four women who authorities say were killed by a Border Patrol agent they've described as a serial killer. The Saturday funeral for 35-year-old Guiselda Alicia Cantu at a Catholic church in Laredo is the last...

India calls off foreign ministers' meeting with Pakistan

Sep. 22, 2018 6:07 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India called off a planned meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session in New York this month, aggravating tensions between the longtime rivals. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Friday that...

UN council support tough action for peacekeeping failures

Sep. 21, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday to support tougher U.N. action against peacekeepers who fail to protect civilians, including by sending them home and refusing to pay their governments. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said after the adoption of the...

Funerals held for 2 women allegedly killed by border agent

Sep. 21, 2018 9:24 PM EDT

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Friends and family gathered for funerals in Laredo, Texas, for two of the women authorities say were killed by a Border Patrol agent who has been described as a serial killer. Funerals were held Friday for 42-year-old Claudine Luera and 28-year-old Janelle Ortiz, a transgender woman...

Cyprus protests Turkish warship's arrest of fishing boat

Sep. 21, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus was trying to secure the release of five fishermen who were taken into custody by a Turkish warship Friday as they fished off the northern coast of the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation. The Cyprus government spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, said authorities had...

APNewsBreak: Army misses 2018 recruiting goal

Sep. 21, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time since 2005, the U.S. Army missed its recruiting goal this year, falling short by about 6,500 soldiers, despite pouring an extra $200 million into bonuses and approving some additional waivers for bad conduct or health issues. Army leaders said they signed up about...

Military leaders from more than 100 countries meet

Sep. 21, 2018 3:40 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Senior military representatives from more than 100 countries met in Rhode Island this week to talk about ways to cooperate and address shared challenges. Adm. John Richardson, the U.S. chief of naval operations, hosted the 23rd International Seapower Symposium at the U.S. Naval War...