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Israeli army besieges homes of fugitives in West Bank raid

Feb. 04, 2023 16:31 PM EST

AQABAT JABR REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — The Israeli army raided a refugee camp near the Palestinian city of Jericho on Saturday, besieging houses it said were being used as hideouts for Palestinian attackers and shooting at residents who opened fire. The fighting wounded six Palestinians, two...

China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky

Feb. 04, 2023 15:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What in the world was that thing? The massive white orb that drifted across U.S. airspace triggered a diplomatic maelstrom and blew up on social media. China insists the balloon was just an errant civilian airship used mainly for meteorological...

Sri Lanka marks independence anniversary amid economic woes

Feb. 04, 2023 08:47 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka marked its 75th independence anniversary on Saturday as a bankrupt nation, with many citizens angry, anxious and in no mood to celebrate. President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has started to improve some but not all of the acute shortages,...

Qatar boosts influence in Lebanon amid multiple crises

Feb. 04, 2023 04:24 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Most wealthy Gulf Arab nations followed Saudi Arabia’s lead in recent years and ostracized crisis-hit Lebanon because of the growing influence of the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah. The exception was Qatar. Doha has been silently expanding its influence in...

Chinese balloon soars across US; Blinken scraps Beijing trip

Feb. 03, 2023 21:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge, high-altitude Chinese balloon sailed across the U.S. on Friday, drawing severe Pentagon accusations of spying on sensitive military sites despite China's firm denials. Secretary of State Antony Blinken abruptly canceled a high-stakes Beijing trip aimed at easing...

US seeks to expel Russian mercenaries from Sudan, Libya

Feb. 03, 2023 11:16 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The United States has stepped up pressure on Middle East allies to expel the Wagner Group, a military contractor owned by an oligarch with close ties to Russia’s president, from chaos-stricken Libya and Sudan where it has expanded in recent years, regional officials told The...

Pentagon: Chinese spy balloon spotted over Western US

Feb. 02, 2023 22:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days, but the Pentagon decided not to shoot it down over concerns of hurting people on the ground, officials said Thursday. The discovery of the balloon puts a...

Military places restive areas of Myanmar under martial law

Feb. 02, 2023 20:12 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Martial law was declared in several areas of military-run Myanmar on Thursday, a day after authorities extended a state of emergency throughout the country wracked by violence that some U.N. experts have described as a civil war. State-run MRTV television broadcast...

'A big deal': US, Philippines tighten military ties

Feb. 02, 2023 19:57 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines said Thursday it was allowing U.S. forces to broaden their footprint in the Southeast Asian nation, the latest Biden administration move strengthening an arc of military alliances in the Indo-Pacific to better counter China, including in any future...

US releases Guantanamo prisoner once tortured at CIA sites

Feb. 02, 2023 19:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials said Thursday they have freed and sent to Central America a onetime al-Qaida money courier who had completed his sentence, ending an imprisonment that included torture at clandestine CIA sites and 16 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. ...