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Albuquerque is among finalist locations for Space Command

Nov. 20, 2020 9:52 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque has announced that it is being considered to permanently locate the U.S. Space Command, the latest of 11 unified command under the U.S. Department of Defense. The U.S. Air Force narrowed down its final options to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque,...

FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. In a first for the Pentagon's push to develop defenses against intercontinental-range ballistic missiles capable of striking the United States, a missile interceptor launched from a U.S. Navy ship at sea hit and destroyed a mock ICBM in flight on Tuesday, officials said. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Top Pentagon official tests positive for coronavirus

Nov. 19, 2020 10:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon official installed in a top policy job last week has tested positive for COVID-19, the Pentagon said Thursday, just days after he met with the Lithuanian defense minister, who had contracted the virus. Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesperson, said Anthony Tata, who is...

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Sudan braces for up to 200,000 fleeing Ethiopia fighting

Nov. 11, 2020 1:05 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Up to 200,000 refugees could pour into Sudan while fleeing the deadly conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, officials said Wednesday, while the first details are emerging of largely cut-off civilians under growing strain. Nearly 10,000 people have crossed the border,...

Ethiopians read newspapers and magazines reporting on the current military confrontation in the country, one of which shows a photograph of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, on a street in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Ethiopia moved Saturday to replace the leadership of the country's defiant northern Tigray region, where deadly clashes between regional and federal government forces are fueling fears the major African power is sliding into civil war. (AP Photo/Samuel Habtab)

Ethiopia says its jets are 'pounding' targets in Tigray

Nov. 9, 2020 3:14 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia's air force is “pounding targets with precision," a military official said Monday, as the federal government continues its offensive against the heavily armed northern region of Tigray and no clear route to peace is seen. Neighboring Sudan has sent more than 6,000...

Judge upholds El Paso business restrictions amid virus surge

Nov. 6, 2020 6:24 PM EST

A Texas district judge on Friday upheld an order from El Paso County's top elected official shutting down businesses while the region fights an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. The decision from Judge Bill Moody of El Paso’s 34th District Court came as federal military medical teams deployed to the border...

Today in History

Oct. 27, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 27, the 301st day of 2020. There are 65 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 27, 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, was inaugurated in New York City. On this date: In 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media, in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Erdogan confirmed the country tested its Russian-made missile defense system, despite objections from the United States. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had every right to test its equipment. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Trump administration slams NATO ally Turkey for weapon test

Oct. 23, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday slammed Turkey for taking a new step toward fielding a Russian-made air defense weapon. The U.S. complaint marked a deepening rift that threatens the future of a security relationship that has been central to the NATO military alliance for seven decades....

In this 2019 photo, provided by Amy Sue Borja Santos, is her father, Vicente Borja at a Veteran of the Year ceremony in Ypao Beach, Guam. Vicente Borja is one of six former Hawaii residents who are living in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands suing to be able to vote by absentee ballot for president. Their federal lawsuit filed late Thursday, Oct, 8, 2020, says they are being treated like

Ex-Hawaii residents in territories seek presidential voting

Oct. 9, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Six former Hawaii residents who now live in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands want to be able to vote by absentee ballot for president. They are being treated like “second-class citizens” because of where they live, they said in a federal lawsuit filed late Thursday in U.S....

Lloyd George, namesake of Vegas federal building, dies at 90

Oct. 7, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A longtime U.S. district judge who became a living legend as he continued for years to hear court cases in a Las Vegas federal building named in his honor has died at age 90. Lloyd D. George’s death was announced by the U.S. District Court of Nevada with a Wednesday statement...