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UN experts: Sudan's paramilitary forces carried out ethnic killings and rapes that may be war crimes

Mar. 01, 2024 01:27 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Paramilitary forces and their allied militias fighting to take power in Sudan carried out widespread ethnic killings and rapes while taking control of much of western Darfur that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, United Nations experts said in a new...

French president raised the prospect of Western troops in Ukraine. What was he thinking?

Mar. 01, 2024 00:32 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron appeared isolated on the European stage this week after saying the possibility of Western troops being sent to Ukraine could not be ruled out, a comment that prompted an outcry from other leaders. French officials later sought to...

Pentagon leak suspect Jack Teixeira expected to plead guilty in federal case

Feb. 29, 2024 18:24 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Jack Teixeira, the Massachusetts Air National Guard member accused of leaking highly classified military documents on a social media platform, is expected to plead guilty in his federal case, according to court papers filed Thursday. Prosecutors asked the judge to...

Lawmakers fault Defense Secretary Austin for a failure of leadership over his secret hospital stay

Feb. 29, 2024 18:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin faced pointed bipartisan criticism at a congressional hearing Thursday for his failure to promptly notify President Joe Biden and other U.S. leaders about his hospital stay last month. Republicans demanded to know why no one has been disciplined. ...

EU moves to end standoff with Poland over anti-EU policies and begins to release billions in funds

Feb. 29, 2024 11:31 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union took a major step Thursday in ending its standoff with member state Poland, saying it would start releasing billions of euros that were frozen over what the bloc said were the previous Polish government's backsliding on democratic principles. The...

Turkey bears responsibility for possible war crimes in Syria, Human Rights Watch says

Feb. 29, 2024 05:17 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch said on Thursday that Turkey bears responsibility for some of the abuses and possible war crimes committed in Syria, mostly against Kurdish residents in northern Syria. The New York-based watchdog said the abuses were committed by Turkish forces and...

Congressional leaders reach a tentative deal to avoid government shutdown. But Ukraine aid stalls

Feb. 28, 2024 20:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders announced Wednesday they have reached a tentative agreement to prevent a government shutdown for now, days before an end-of-the-week deadline that risked shuttering some federal operations. Under the new plan, Congress would temporarily fund...

Warlord involved in hundreds of murders repatriated to Colombia after serving US drug sentence

Feb. 28, 2024 01:12 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian warlord Salvatore Mancuso was repatriated Tuesday after serving a drug trafficking sentence in the United States and being denied several requests to be sent to Italy, where he also has citizenship. Mancuso arrived in Bogota’s El Dorado Airport...

South Korean and US troops will begin major exercises next week in response to North Korean threats

Feb. 27, 2024 23:51 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean and U.S. troops will begin their expanded annual military drills next week in response to North Korea’s evolving nuclear threats, the two countries said Wednesday, a move that will likely enrage North Korea because it views its rivals’ joint training as...

D-Day vets in Britain honor comrades as 13 names are added to a memorial

Feb. 27, 2024 12:53 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — With medals pinned to their chests, two D-Day veterans proudly represented their comrades as 13 new names were added Tuesday to a memorial wall in southern England that honors those who took part in the Normandy landings. British veterans Stan Ford and John Roberts...