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Theoneste Bagosora, architect of Rwanda genocide, dies at 80

Sep. 26, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Theoneste Bagosora, a former Rwandan army colonel regarded as the architect of the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed, died in a hospital in Mali on Saturday. His son Achille...

Air Force base in New Mexico tries to speed cleanup

Sep. 26, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Cannon Air Force Base is starting work with nearby landowners to test their water and soil for a group of chemicals known as PFAS. Tests will help the military determine where an underground contamination plume migrated off the base, the...

Marine, wife in Virginia aid Afghan linguist seeking asylum

Sep. 26, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Marine Lt. Col. Breck Perry came to know “E.Z.” while stationed in Jalalabad, in the eastern part of Afghanistan. “E.Z. was our platoon linguist,” said Perry, who is now stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico. “I developed a...

Turkey could buy more Russian missiles despite US warnings

Sep. 26, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president has said he would consider buying a second Russian missile system in defiance of strong objections by the United States. In an interview with American broadcaster CBS News, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would have to...

South Korea urges North to restore hotlines for any talks

Sep. 26, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Sunday urged North Korea to restore dormant communication hotlines, a day after the North repeated an offer to open conditional talks. The North might be seeking to extract concessions about two weeks after it raised tensions by...

Top Russian diplomat defends mercenaries' presence in Mali

Sep. 25, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat on Saturday defended the Mali government's right to hire a private Russian military company to help fight terrorists, accusing French troops in the country of failing to get rid of them and scolding the European Union for...

14 Mexican soldiers crossed into US; 1 had marijuana

Sep. 25, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fourteen Mexican army soldiers were briefly detained and then returned to Mexico after they crossed into the U.S. at a border bridge in El Paso, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that two Mexican military vehicles crossed...

Retired Nevada Guard general and ex-Reid aide, dead at 64

Sep. 25, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Robert T. Herbert, a retired Nevada Army National Guard major general and a former longtime aide to ex-U.S. Sen. Harry Reid died Friday, the guard announced . He was 64. The guard's statement Saturday did not specify circumstances of Herbert's...

More than 70 Connecticut National Guard members return home

Sep. 25, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 70 members of the Connecticut National Guard were honored Saturday for their service after completing nearly one-year tours of duty. A welcome home ceremony was held for members of the Middletown-based 143rd Regional Support Group and...

Texas border crossing where migrants made camp to reopen

Sep. 25, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The Texas border crossing where thousands of Haitian migrants converged in recent weeks will be partially reopened late Saturday afternoon, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. Federal and local officials said no migrants remained at the...