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New Rhode Island National Guard colonel breaks barriers

Aug. 07, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard has its first Black colonel. Sharon Harmon attained the rank of colonel at a promotion ceremony Saturday at the Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Fogarty, in East Greenwich, the National Guard said in a statement. ...

A first: African American Marine promoted to 4-star general

Aug. 06, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first African American four-star general in Marine Corps history, Gen. Michael E. Langley, credited his father with telling him to “aim high” and predicted that his promotion on Saturday would have an impact on younger people. Langley was born in...

1 dead, 1 hurt in Junction City stabbings; suspect arrested

Aug. 06, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing incident early Saturday in Junction City that left one woman dead and one man injured. Authorities responded to a call about 2:30 a.m. and discovered a man suffering from a stab wound. He was...

Taiwan says China military drills appear to simulate attack

Aug. 06, 2022 08:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan said Saturday that China’s military drills appear to simulate an attack on the self-ruled island, after multiple Chinese warships and aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei that infuriated...

Ukrainian unit digs in for Russian assault on eastern city

Aug. 06, 2022 03:08 AM EDT

SLOVIANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian military personnel are fortifying their positions around the eastern city of Sloviansk in expectation of a fresh Russian attempt to seize the strategic point in the fiercely fought-over Donetsk region. As heavy ground fighting continues on the...

North Korea calls Pelosi 'destroyer of international peace'

Aug. 05, 2022 22:47 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday called U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability,” accusing her of inciting anti-North Korea sentiment and enraging China during her Asian tour earlier this week. Pelosi traveled...

UN experts: Malian military and 'white' soldiers killed 33

Aug. 05, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts said in a new report that Malian armed forces allegedly carried out an operation with “white-skinned soldiers” near the border with Mauritania in March, shooting and burning at least 33 civilians in one of several operations where the country’s ruling...

China cuts off vital US contacts over Pelosi Taiwan visit

Aug. 05, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — China cut off contacts with the United States on vital issues Friday — including military matters and crucial climate cooperation — as concerns rose that the Communist government's hostile reaction to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit could signal a lasting, more...

Mali pledges to incorporate 26,000 ex-rebel fighters in army

Aug. 05, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's government will integrate 26,000 fighters of a past northern rebellion into its army under a deal with leaders of the former independence movement, the two parties announced following a meeting Friday. The deal points to a new dynamic in the stalled...

Pentagon denies DC request for National Guard migrant help

Aug. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary...