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Politicians seek info on interior New England border checks

Nov. 14, 2019 3:55 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Some members of Congress from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are asking Customs and Border Protection for information about temporary highway checkpoints that are set up away from the Canadian border. In a letter to Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan dated Wednesday, the lawmakers...

Wisconsin Guard whistleblower fighting discharge decision

Nov. 14, 2019 2:59 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin National Guard sergeant whose complaints spurred investigations into sexual misconduct in his unit is fighting his commanders’ decision to discharge him. Wisconsin Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jay Ellis complaints of sexual assault and sexual harassment within the...

As Gaza truce begins, Israel could face questions on tactics

Nov. 14, 2019 2:33 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents say the airstrike came without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts shook the night, destroying the Abu Malhous home and killing eight members of the family in a split second. As Israel claims...

Bolivian interim leader says Morales can’t run in new vote

Nov. 14, 2019 1:39 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales cannot run as a candidate in any new elections, but his political party can, the country’s interim leader said Thursday. Jeanine Añez, a Senate deputy leader who claimed the interim presidency, also criticized Mexico’s...

Health dangers emerge at growing migrant camp on US border

Nov. 14, 2019 1:06 PM EST

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with garbage bags. Others sleep outside in temperatures...

Gunmen kill senior police official in northwest Pakistan

Nov. 14, 2019 3:02 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle, killing a senior counter-terrorism officer and wounding his driver and a passer-by before fleeing the scene. Police chief Zahur Babar Afridi in northwestern city of Peshawar says deputy superintendent of police, Ghani...

Key factors in Sri Lanka’s presidential election

Nov. 13, 2019 11:16 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankans are voting Saturday for a new president after weeks of campaigning that largely focused on national security and religious extremism in the backdrop of the deadly Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday. THE ELECTION Nearly 16 million people are...

Clashes rock Bolivia as new interim leader challenged

Nov. 13, 2019 11:01 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Renewed clashes rocked Bolivia’s capital Wednesday as the woman who claimed the presidency, a second-tier lawmaker thrust into the post because of a power vacuum, faced challenges to her leadership from supporters of the ousted Evo Morales. A day after Jeanine Añez...

Baldwin asks DOD to investigate Wisconsin discharge decision

Nov. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin wants the Department of Defense to investigate whether a Wisconsin National Guard sergeant is being discharged in retaliation for complaining about sexual misconduct in his unit. Master Sgt. Jay Ellis’ complaints about sexual assault and harassment within...

Esper: US could alter military drills to boost NKorea talks

Nov. 13, 2019 2:23 PM EST

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that he is open to the possibility of altering American military activities in South Korea if it would help advance a diplomatic deal with North Korea to eliminate its nuclear program. In an interview with reporters flying...