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Kirby to lead Biden's national security communications team

May. 20, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday named Pentagon press secretary John Kirby to be the new National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications. Kirby "will coordinate interagency efforts to explain United States policy and will serve as a senior...

Peruvian town finally buries the victims of massacre

May. 20, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

ACCOMARCA, Peru (AP) — Scene of one of the worst massacres of Peru's internal conflict in the final decades of the 20th century, the town of Accomarca is closing a chapter that's been open for more than 35 years. On Friday, families of some of those killed buried the remains of...

NYC army base renames Robert E. Lee street for Black veteran

May. 20, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A street inside New York City's sole army base now bears the name of a Black Congressional Medal of Honor recipient rather than a Confederate general. Fort Hamilton changed the road's name to John Warren Avenue on Friday morning, following a years-old push by local...

Live updates | Zelenskyy: Russia should pay for destruction

May. 20, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine -- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy devoted his nightly video address to Ukraine’s demand that Russia be held financially responsible for the damage its forces are inflicting on Ukraine. Just on Friday, he noted, the Russian army fired a missile at the northeastern...

Ethiopia’s Tigray forces announce release of 4,000 army POWs

May. 20, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Tigray rebel forces fighting Ethiopia’s federal army say they will release 4,000 prisoners of war as part of an amnesty. The Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front announced the release on Twitter Friday, amid an escalating war of words between Ethiopian and...

Myanmar leader begins peace talks with ethnic militia groups

May. 20, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Myanmar’s military government on Friday held the first in a monthlong series of person-to-person peace talks he has initiated with the country’s historically restive ethnic minority groups, state media reported. Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing held...

India accuses China of illegal construction in border area

May. 20, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Friday objected to China's construction of a second bridge across disputed Pangong Lake, an area it said has been under the "illegal occupation” of China since the 1960s. India’s challenge comes amid a two-year-old standoff involving thousands of...

Disinformation board's ex-leader faced wave of online abuse

May. 20, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nina Jankowicz, like so many millennials, was excited to share a social media post announcing her new job on Twitter late last month when she was named executive director for a new disinformation board established by the Department of Homeland Security. But...

Georgia's senior congressman facing toughest race since 2010

May. 20, 2022 10:48 AM EDT

After years of coasting to reelection, Georgia's senior congressman is gearing up for his toughest campaign in more than a decade as hopeful Republican challengers crowd the May 24 primary ballot and raise impressive sums of cash to target the Democrat who's held the seat for 30 years. ...

As Biden visits Asia, China launches South China Sea drills

May. 20, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with U.S. President Joe Biden’s visits to South Korea and Japan that are largely focused on countering the perceived threat from Beijing. China's Maritime Safety Administration office in...