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Judge leaves lawsuits against Libyan general Hifter on pause

Dec. 03, 2021 11:33 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia on Friday ruled that war-crimes lawsuits against a Libyan military commander who used to live in the U.S. must stay on hold for now to avoid interfering with upcoming presidential elections there. At a hearing in...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

US defense chief slams China's drive for hypersonic weapons

Dec. 02, 2021 05:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America's defense chief rebuked China on Thursday, vowing to confront its potential military threats in Asia and warning that its pursuit of hypersonic weapons intended to evade U.S. missile defenses “increases tensions in the region.” U.S....

Cambodia's leader Hun Sen endorses oldest son as successor

Dec. 02, 2021 05:40 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday explicitly declared his support to have his eldest son, army commander Hun Manet, succeed him as the nation’s leader. The 44-year-old Hun Manet, a West Point graduate, has the...

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons “increases tensions in the region”

Dec. 02, 2021 00:04 AM EST
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons “increases tensions in the region.”

Philippine troops kill 8 communist rebels in jungle clash

Dec. 01, 2021 10:12 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed eight suspected communist guerrillas in a jungle clash Wednesday near a central town, foiling a plan by the insurgents to attack a military outpost to mark the anniversary of their decades-long rebellion, military officials said. ...

Cleanup of Southern California shore from spill nears end

Nov. 30, 2021 18:01 PM EST

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — About three-quarters of the Southern California shoreline being combed for tar following an offshore oil spill have been signed off as cleaned, officials said Tuesday. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Jeannie Shaye said officials have...

Austin orders new review of deadly 2019 airstrike in Syria

Nov. 29, 2021 17:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new review of a U.S. airstrike in Syria in March 2019 that killed dozens, including women and children, to assess the extent of civilian casualties and whether the strike violated the laws of war. Pentagon...

Former Pentagon chief sues to publish material in memoir

Nov. 28, 2021 20:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper claims in a lawsuit against the Defense Department that material is being improperly withheld from his use as he seeks to publish an “unvarnished and candid memoir" of his time in President Donald Trump's Cabinet. ...

Israel defense chief jets to Morocco to cement security ties

Nov. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister headed to Morocco on Tuesday for an official visit to cement security ties just ahead of the first anniversary of their agreement to establish full diplomatic relations. Benny Gantz will be making the first official visit by...