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AP Explains: A look at Judaism's place in Israeli politics

Sep. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Seven decades after Israel's founding, the debate over Judaism's place in public life rages on. Israeli political battle lines often fracture along how the country balances Jewish religion and liberal democracy. These tensions were a central issue in this week's national election, and are...

Finnish conscripts injured in attempt to avoid reindeer

Sep. 11, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's defense department says 12 military conscripts ended up in the hospital after an armored personnel carrier tried to avert a reindeer and was hit by a second vehicle. The Finnish Defense Forces said five of the injured recruits remained under observation on Wednesday. The rest have...

Area 51 events in Nevada prompt emergency crowd planning

Aug. 20, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fearing they could be overwhelmed with visitors, officials in the remote Nevada county that's home to the Area 51 military base have drafted an emergency declaration and a plan to team resources with neighboring counties and the state ahead of events next month tied to the "Storm Area 51"...

Rights group says Eritrea high schools center of repression

Aug. 9, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eritrea's secondary schools are at the center of the government's efforts to control the population, a human rights organization charged on Friday. In a new report, "They Are Making us Into Slaves, Not Educating Us: How indefinite conscription restricts young people's rights, access...

UK military drafted in to prevent dam collapse

Aug. 2, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British military helicopter dropped sandbags Friday to shore up a reservoir wall as emergency services worked frantically to prevent a rain-damaged dam from collapsing. Engineers said they remain "very concerned" about the integrity of the 19th-century Toddbrook Reservoir, which contains...

Vikings sign rookie LS, who has 2 years of Air Force service

Jul. 22, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed rookie long snapper Austin Cutting, the seventh-round draft pick from Air Force whose two-year military service requirement needed to be scheduled around team activities before his contract could be finalized. The Vikings announced the deal on Monday,...