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Rights group: Taliban kill, abduct dozens of ex-officers

Nov. 30, 2021 03:53 AM EST

KABUL (AP) — Taliban fighters have summarily killed or forcibly “disappeared” more than 100 former police and intelligence officers since taking power in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday. The group pointed to continuing retaliation against the armed forces of the...

Top adviser to Ellsworth AFB commander removed from post

Nov. 29, 2021 18:42 PM EST

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AP) — The primary adviser to the commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota has been removed from his post for what officials described Monday as inappropriate conduct. Chief Master Sgt. Just Deisch, the...

Oklahoma bid for Guard exception to vaccine mandate denied

Nov. 29, 2021 17:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday rejected a request by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt that his state's National Guard be exempt from a Pentagon requirement that all military members be vaccinated against COVID-19. Stitt, a Republican, had asked...

Austin orders new review of deadly 2019 airstrike in Syria

Nov. 29, 2021 17:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new review of a U.S. airstrike in Syria in March 2019 that killed dozens, including women and children, to assess the extent of civilian casualties and whether the strike violated the laws of war. Pentagon...

Belarusian leader accuses Lithuania of dumping dead migrants

Nov. 29, 2021 13:25 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday accused Lithuanian authorities of dumping the bodies of migrants on the border between the two countries — a claim rejected by Lithuania amid soaring border tensions between Belarus and its European Union neighbors. ...

Kentucky National Guard members deploying to eastern Africa

Nov. 29, 2021 04:12 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky National Guard says about 150 soldiers are deploying to eastern Africa. A ceremony Saturday at the Lexington airport honored members of the Somerset-based 149th Infantry Regiment as they entered federal active duty, the National Guard...

Some states dropping 'dehumanizing' terms for immigrants

Nov. 27, 2021 15:13 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Luz Rivas remembers seeing the word on her mother’s residency card as a child: “alien.” In the stark terms of the government, it signaled her mother was not yet a citizen of the U.S. But to her young daughter, the word had a more personal...

Algerians hold local elections amid anger over rising prices

Nov. 27, 2021 06:22 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians are voting Saturday to elect mayors and regional leaders amid widespread worry and frustration over rising prices for basic goods, housing and health care. The government is hoping the election confirms support for President Abdelmadjid...

Widow of SKorean dictator issues apology over brutal rule

Nov. 27, 2021 01:05 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The widow of South Korea’s last military dictator issued a brief apology over the “pains and scars” caused by her husband’s brutal rule as dozens of relatives and former aides gathered at a Seoul hospital on Saturday to pay their final respects to Chun...

Can Biden find the right balance on immigration?

Nov. 27, 2021 00:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats wielded demands to fix the nation’s broken immigration system as a cudgel against Republicans in the 2020 campaign. Elect us, went the argument, and we’ll stop the cruel treatment of migrants at the border, and put in place lasting and humane policies that...