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Apparent Israeli attack in Iran draws anti-aircraft fire as tensions high between Mideast rivals

Apr. 19, 2024 11:50 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An apparent Israeli drone attack near a major air base and a nuclear site in central Iran activated Iranian air defenses early Friday, just days after Tehran's unprecedented drone-and-missile assault on Israel. No Iranian official directly...

Ukraine claims it shot down a Russian strategic bomber as Moscow's missiles kill 8 Ukrainians

Apr. 19, 2024 10:57 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s air force claimed Friday it shot down a Russian strategic bomber, but Moscow officials said the plane crashed in a sparsely populated area due to a malfunction after a combat mission. Neither claim could be independently verified. Previous Ukrainian...

If Congress passes funding, this is how the US could rush weapons to Ukraine for its war with Russia

Apr. 19, 2024 06:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon could get weapons moving to Ukraine within days if Congress passes a long-delayed aid bill. That's because it has a network of storage sites in the U.S. and Europe that already hold the ammunition and air defense components that Kyiv desperately needs. ...

Rural Texas towns report cyberattacks that caused one water system to overflow

Apr. 18, 2024 19:04 PM EDT

A hack that caused a small Texas town’s water system to overflow in January has been linked to a shadowy Russian hacktivist group, the latest case of a U.S. public utility becoming a target of foreign cyberattacks. The attack was one of three on small towns in the rural Texas...

NATO and the EU urge G7 nations to step up air defense for Ukraine and expand Iran sanctions

Apr. 18, 2024 17:22 PM EDT

CAPRI, Italy (AP) — Top NATO and European Union officials urged foreign ministers from leading industrialized nations on Thursday to take quick, concrete steps to provide more air defense systems and artillery to Ukraine, warning that continued delays could tilt the war in Moscow’s favor. ...

Florida will open schools to volunteer chaplains

Apr. 18, 2024 16:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school districts will soon have the option of allowing volunteer chaplains to counsel students under a bill signed Thursday by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who dismissed critics opposed to mixing religion with public education. The only...

Poland arrests man suspected of spying for Russia to aid Zelenskyy assassination plot

Apr. 18, 2024 13:29 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish man has been arrested on allegations of being ready to spy on behalf of Russia’s military intelligence in an alleged plot to assassinate Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Polish prosecutors said Thursday. The office of Poland’s National...

Russia reports downing 5 Ukrainian military balloons in Kyiv's latest apparent war innovation

Apr. 18, 2024 06:30 AM EDT

Russian air defenses downed what authorities described as five Ukrainian balloons overnight, the defense ministry in Moscow said Thursday, as the sides kept up long-range strikes that have featured heavily in what has largely become a war of attrition. Neither Russian nor Ukrainian...

Air National Guard changes in Alaska could affect national security, civilian rescues, staffers say

Apr. 17, 2024 17:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Kristin Paniptchuk’s water broke on Christmas Eve at her home in the western Alaska Inupiat village of Shaktoolik, and then she began to bleed profusely. The local clinic in the tiny village of 200 people on the Bering Sea couldn’t stop the bleeding or...

Pentagon leaders press Congress for Ukraine funding, saying battlefield situation is dire

Apr. 17, 2024 15:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukraine and Israel both desperately need the military weapons that are being held up by Congress' failure to pass a funding package for the two countries at war, Pentagon leaders told House appropriators Wednesday, calling the situation in Ukraine dire. “Whether...