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US Marines chief acknowledges worries on Japan-Korean ties

Aug. 20, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Gen. David Berger, the new U.S. Marines commandant, acknowledged Wednesday that he is concerned about deteriorating relations between Japan and South Korea, both key regional allies, but expressed hopes politicians would work out a resolution. Berger stressed that Japan and Korea have common...

Governor selects new commander for Iowa National Guard

Aug. 20, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The governor has selected a new commander for the Iowa National Guard. The office of Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a news release Tuesday that Maj. Gen. Benjamin Corell (kor-REHL') is the new adjutant general. He replaces Brig. Gen. Stephen Osborn, who'd held the post temporarily...

Sri Lanka rejects criticism of army chief's appointment

Aug. 20, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday hit out at foreign criticism of its appointment of a general accused of war abuses as the new army commander. The foreign ministry said in a statement that the decision to appoint a new commander was a sovereign decision by the head of state....

Dutch ex-defense chief against joining Persian Gulf mission

Aug. 20, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The former head of Dutch defense forces said he believes the Netherlands should not take part in a U.S.-led mission to protect shipping in the strategic Strait of Hormuz if the aim of the operation is to pile more pressure on Iran. The comments of former defense chief Dick...

General accused of war abuses named Sri Lanka's army chief

Aug. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president on Monday appointed a general accused of grave human rights abuses in the final stages of its long civil war as the country's new army chief, a move a top United Nations human rights official said is likely to impact contributions to U.N peacekeeping...

Pakistani PM keeps powerful army chief in place 3 more years

Aug. 19, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister is keeping his powerful army chief in place for another three years, amid heightened tensions with India over Kashmir as well as the end of U.S.-Talban peace talks for neighboring Afghanistan. Imran Khan postponed on Monday the retirement of Gen. Qamar Javed...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 19, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ DUTERTE TRIP TO...

Army commander in Texas relieved of duty for 'loss of trust'

Aug. 16, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A commander who oversaw day-to-day operations at Army installations worldwide has been relieved of his Texas-based command due to "loss of trust and confidence." An Army spokeswoman said in a statement Thursday that Gen. Gustave Perna, commanding general of Army Materiel Command,...

N. Korea fires more projectiles, rules out talks with South

Aug. 16, 2019 3:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday bluntly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the U.S. and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. The statement by an unidentified...

Russian and Venezuelan defense chiefs meet to discuss ties

Aug. 15, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has hosted his Venezuelan counterpart to discuss military ties between the two countries. During Thursday's meeting, Sergei Shoigu hailed Venezuela for "resisting attempts by the United States to overthrow the legitimate government," noting that the Venezuelan...