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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...

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...

FBI chief meets Lebanese leaders, expresses support to army

Sep. 21, 2018 7:29 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon says FBI Director Christopher Wray has expressed support to the Lebanese army during a visit to Beirut. A statement released by the presidential palace in Beirut said President Michel Aoun received Wray on Friday and told him that Lebanon has succeeded in fighting terror groups thanks...

Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria

Sep. 18, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard, in what President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday was "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances." The downing of the Il-20 highlighted the dangers posed by the...

Defense lawyer casts Ugandan war crimes defendant as victim

Sep. 18, 2018 7:47 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A lawyer defending an alleged commander in Uganda's shadowy Lord's Resistance Army accused of crimes including murder, sexual slavery and using child soldiers cast him Tuesday him as a victim of the rebel group and its brutal leader, Joseph Kony. In his opening statement at...

Kosovo government prepares draft law on creating a new army

Sep. 13, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government has prepared three draft laws on transforming the country's security forces into a regular army, though it is not clear whether it will get formal parliamentary approval. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Thursday said that any step on army transformation "will...

Contractor gets prison for sabotaging Army computer program

Sep. 13, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An Atlanta man convicted of sabotaging a computer program housed on servers at an Army base in North Carolina has been sentenced to two years federal prison. Citing a U.S. Attorney's Office release, WRAL-TV reports 49-year-old Mittesh Das, a defense contractor, was also ordered to...

East Coast military bases brace for Florence

Sep. 12, 2018 1:25 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Navy is moving people and ships ahead of Hurricane Florence , and the Air Force and Army are flying advanced aircraft elsewhere as a safeguard. Some remaining Marines, meanwhile, are digging in their heels. Florence is headed for a region with some of the most well-known military...

Algerian generals, others fired without explanation

Sep. 12, 2018 5:05 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Heads have been rolling in the Algerian army, the North African nation's most respected institution, and in other security services, with generals in top posts fired — without explanation — at a rate never before seen. The across-the-board changes, and the silence, are...

Mattis: Afghans boost troop vetting after insider attacks

Sep. 11, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Afghan military has increased its vetting of local forces working with American troops as a result of recent insider attacks that killed two U.S. service members, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis was making his first public comments about his meetings in Afghanistan...