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Jayme Closs: 1 year after abduction, I'm feeling stronger

Oct. 14, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin girl whose parents were fatally shot before she was kidnapped and held captive for 88 days before escaping from her abductor said she's feeling stronger every day and is thankful for the kindness and concern expressed to her from people all over the country in the year...

The Latest: Jayme Closs: Feeling stronger every day

Oct. 14, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the one-year anniversary of the abduction of Jayme Closs and slaying of her parents (all times local): 10:53 a.m. The Wisconsin girl whose parents were fatally shot before she was kidnapped and held captive for 88 days says she's thankful for the kindness and concern from...

President orders army onto streets of Ecuadorian capital

Oct. 13, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's army took to the streets after President Lenín Moreno ordered the first 24-hour curfew in decades in response to a day of attacks on government buildings and media offices. By Saturday night, soldiers had retaken control of the park and streets leading to the National...

Defiant protesters in Ecuador parade captive police officers

Oct. 10, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Anti-government protesters paraded captive police officers on a stage Thursday, defying Ecuadorian authorities who are seeking dialogue with opponents, particularly indigenous groups, after deadly unrest that was triggered by fuel price hikes. Some of the officers were later forced to...

Slain reporter's mother hopes militants will face US charges

Oct. 10, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American woman whose son was killed by the Islamic State said Thursday that she is hopeful the transfer to U.S. custody of two British militants brings them a step closer to criminal charges. Diane Foley told The Associated Press that she would like to see the men prosecuted in the...

US to hand over to Iraq IS members evacuated from Syria

Oct. 10, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. will hand over to Iraqi authorities nearly 50 Islamic State members who were transferred from Syria in recent days, two Iraqi intelligence officials said Thursday. The officials said the IS members were expected to be handed over by Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity...

Turkey presses Syrian assault as thousands flee the fighting

Oct. 10, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey pressed its assault against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Thursday for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of black smoke in a border town and sent panicked civilians scrambling to get out. Amid...

US moves 2 British IS members known as 'Beatles' from Syria

Oct. 10, 2019 3:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded hostages and was known as "The Beatles" have been moved out of a detention center in Syria and are in American custody, U.S. officials said Wednesday. President Donald Trump said earlier Wednesday that the...

The Latest: US takes 2 militants tied to beheadings in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 2:15 a.m. U.S. officials say two captive British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded...

Yemen rebels claim capture of Saudi troops in 'major attack'

Sep. 29, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's rebels Sunday claimed they launched a major attack on the border of Saudi Arabia, releasing video purporting to show captive Saudi soldiers and equipment. The images of the attack released by the rebels, known as Houthis, show armored vehicles with stenciled Saudi markings, arms...