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Algeria's army chief renews push for presidential election

Jun. 17, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's powerful army chief is stressing the need for political dialogue that would lead to a presidential election, as a people's revolt for democracy remains at an impasse with the government. Ahmed Gaid Salah also said on Monday that a crackdown on "the scourge of corruption"...

Libya's Sarraj calls for elections in 2019 to end war

Jun. 16, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Libya's U.N.-supported government on Sunday proposed holding nationwide elections to end the war in the North African country, as the forces of the rival military commander Khalifa Hifter continue their two-month-long battle to take the capital, Tripoli. Prime Minister Fayez...

Female team leading helicopter training changes command

Jun. 16, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in the history of Helicopter Training Squadron Eight at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, two women held the top two leadership positions in the Navy's oldest helicopter training squadron. For the past 14 months, Cmdr. Jessica R. Parker, commanding officer, and...

War college's 1st female president looks forward to serving

Jun. 15, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The first female leader of the U.S. Naval War College says she's humbled by her selection as college president and looks forward to serving in that role. Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, a helicopter pilot who heads a military command in Guam, was named as the 57th president Friday. Navy...

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks

Jun. 14, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area....

US Naval War College is getting its 1st female president

Jun. 14, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A helicopter pilot who heads a military command in Guam will be the first female leader of the U.S. Naval War College, the Navy announced Friday, days after removing the college president who came under investigation over questionable behavior. Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield will be...

'Fading away': D-Day vet makes perhaps last trip to Normandy

Jun. 12, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Wherever he goes, Ray Lambert wears his purple cap with the words "D-Day Survivor" embroidered in gold. And wherever he goes, he is celebrated. The handshakes and selfie requests begin the moment he arrives at the gate at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He is on his...

Philippines slams sinking of boat by suspected China vessel

Jun. 12, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense secretary said Wednesday that an anchored Filipino fishing boat sank in the disputed South China Sea after being hit by a suspected Chinese vessel which then abandoned the 22 Filipino crewmen. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called for an investigation...

US troops, civilian defense workers get political reminder

Jun. 11, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan told troops and civilian workers Tuesday to avoid political displays while on the job, a reminder that comes after the White House told the Navy to keep the USS John S. McCain out of sight to avoid offending President Donald Trump during a visit to...

1st woman to take command of a US Army infantry division

Jun. 10, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — The California National Guard has announced the appointment of the first woman to lead a U.S. Army infantry division. Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager will take command of the 40th Infantry Division on June 29 at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California. Yeager currently...