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New recruiting programs put Army, Air Force on track to meet enlistment goals. Navy will fall short

Apr. 16, 2024 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After several difficult years, the Army and Air Force say they are on track to meet their recruiting goals this year, reversing previous shortfalls using a swath of new programs and policy changes. But the Navy, while improving, expects once again to fall short. ...

Macron says the Olympic opening ceremony on the Seine could be moved to stadium for security reasons

Apr. 15, 2024 09:43 AM EDT

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said the opening ceremony for the Paris Olympics planned on the River Seine could be shifted instead to the country's national stadium if the security threat is deemed too high. France is on high security alert ahead of the Paris Olympics...

US works to prevent an escalation across the Mideast as Biden pushes Israel to show restraint

Apr. 14, 2024 20:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Sunday highlighted its role in helping Israel thwart Iran's aerial attack as President Joe Biden convened leaders of the Group of Seven countries in an effort to prevent a wider regional escalation and coordinate a global rebuke of Tehran. The...

Israel says Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles, 99% of which were intercepted

Apr. 14, 2024 00:40 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Booms and air raid sirens sounded across Israel early Sunday after Iran launched hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles in an unprecedented revenge mission that pushed the Middle East closer to a regionwide war. A military spokesman said the launches numbered...

Trump goes after the judge and prosecutors in his hush money case in last rally before trial begins

Apr. 13, 2024 21:23 PM EDT

SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Saturday lit into New York prosecutors and the criminal hush money case they brought against him during his last rally before what he called a “communist show trial” begins Monday. "I will be forced to sit fully gagged....

Video seen by AP shows helicopter raid on ship near Strait of Hormuz; Mideast defense official says Iran behind attack

Apr. 13, 2024 05:04 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Video seen by AP shows helicopter raid on ship near Strait of Hormuz; Mideast defense official says Iran behind attack.

Stock market today: Wall Street falls sharply to close out its worst week since October

Apr. 12, 2024 16:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks tumbled Friday following a mixed start to earnings reporting season. Worries about potentially escalating tensions in the Middle East rattled financial markets, pushing investors to look for safer places for their money. The S&P 500 sank 1.5% to...

Big banks warn of uncertain year ahead after mixed financial performances in the first quarter

Apr. 12, 2024 12:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Big banks warned of an “uncertain” year ahead after mixed financial results during the first quarter in an environment of stubbornly high inflation and geopolitical clashes in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere. JPMorgan reported a modest 6% rise in profits...

Pope marks 6-month anniversary of Hamas attacks by meeting with relatives of hostages

Apr. 08, 2024 21:16 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met Monday with relatives of hostages taken by Hamas on Oct. 7, marking the six-month anniversary of the attack in southern Israel with an hourlong audience. The Vatican released photos of the encounter, showing relatives of several of the hostages...

Greece's coast guard says 74 migrants have been found in a wooden boat on the Mediterranean Sea

Apr. 01, 2024 13:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dozens of migrants found in a wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea between northern Africa and southern Europe have been transported to the Greek island of Crete, Greece's coast guard said Monday. Crete has recently seen a rise in migrant arrivals from Libya,...