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5 things to know about Memorial Day, including its evolution and controversies

May. 23, 2024 12:16 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Memorial Day is supposed to be about mourning the nation’s fallen service members, but it’s come to anchor the unofficial start of summer and a long weekend of discounts on anything from mattresses to lawn mowers. But for people such as Manuel Castañeda...

US will announce $275 million more in artillery and ammunition for Ukraine, officials say

May. 23, 2024 11:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is expected to announce an additional $275 million in military aid for Ukraine on Friday as Kyiv struggles to hold off advances by Russian troops in the Kharkiv region, two U.S. officials say. This will be the fourth installment of military aid...

Russian missiles kill 7 in Ukraine's second-largest city as Moscow's troops press offensive

May. 23, 2024 11:02 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles slammed into Ukraine’s second-largest city in the country's northeast and killed at least seven civilians early Thursday, officials said, as Kyiv’s army labored to hold off an intense cross-border offensive by the Kremlin’s larger and better-equipped...

Myanmar quietly announces plans to study controversial Chinese dam project suspended 13 years ago

May. 23, 2024 10:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Myanmar’s military government appears to be considering reviving a massive China-backed hydroelectric dam project, work on which was suspended more than a decade ago after protests over its possible impact on the environment. A notice from the Information...

Taiwan scrambles jets and puts missile, naval and land units on alert over China's military drills

May. 23, 2024 10:17 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan scrambled jets and put missile, naval and land units on alert Thursday over Chinese military exercises being conducted around the self-governing island democracy where a new president took office this week. China’s military said its two-day exercises...

Deputy Russian military chief of staff jailed for bribery in latest arrest of high defense official

May. 23, 2024 08:12 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A deputy chief of the Russian military general staff has been arrested on charges of large-scale bribery, Russian news reports said Thursday, the latest in a series of bribery arrests of high-ranking military officials. The arrest of Lt. Gen. Vadim Shamarin followed...

Baltic Sea nations react warily to a reported Russian proposal to revise its maritime border

May. 22, 2024 12:36 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Leaders around the Baltic Sea reacted warily Wednesday to reports that Russia could revise the borders of its territorial waters in the region, with Lithuania's foreign minister calling it an "obvious escalation” that must be met with an "appropriately firm...

Russia begins nuclear drills in an apparent warning to West over Ukraine

May. 22, 2024 09:57 AM EDT

Russia’s military has begun drills involving tactical nuclear weapons that were announced by Russian authorities earlier this month in an apparent warning to senior Western officials who had spoken about the possibility of deeper involvement in the war in Ukraine. It was the first...

Iran's supreme leader and proxy militias pray for late president and others dead in helicopter crash

May. 22, 2024 09:30 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader and representatives of militia groups he backs in the Middle East prayed Wednesday over the coffins of the country's late president, foreign minister and other officials killed in a helicopter crash earlier this week. Hundreds of thousands...

Russia is waging a shadow war on the West that needs a collective response, Estonian leader says

May. 22, 2024 08:15 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Perched on the open ramp at the rear of a British Chinook helicopter, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas flew home from the annual Spring Storm military exercises, pleased to see NATO allies cooperating. But she later said that other types of warfare were on her mind. ...