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US defense chief slams China's drive for hypersonic weapons

Dec. 02, 2021 05:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America's defense chief rebuked China on Thursday, vowing to confront its potential military threats in Asia and warning that its pursuit of hypersonic weapons intended to evade U.S. missile defenses “increases tensions in the region.” U.S....

Cambodia's leader Hun Sen endorses oldest son as successor

Dec. 02, 2021 05:40 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday explicitly declared his support to have his eldest son, army commander Hun Manet, succeed him as the nation’s leader. The 44-year-old Hun Manet, a West Point graduate, has the...

Analysis: Iran ups nuclear ante as Vienna deal talks resume

Dec. 02, 2021 05:03 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After a monthslong hiatus, Iran has returned to negotiations in Vienna aimed at reviving its cratered nuclear deal with world powers. But Tehran isn't slowing down the advances in its atomic program, further raising the stakes in talks crucial to cooling...

South Korea breaks daily virus record for 2nd straight day

Dec. 02, 2021 03:25 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea broke its daily record for coronavirus infections for a second straight day on Thursday with more than 5,200 new cases, as pressure mounted on a health care system grappling with rising hospitalizations and deaths. The rapid...

Report: Israel failed to probe shootings at Gaza protests

Dec. 02, 2021 01:12 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Rights groups said Thursday that Israel failed to investigate shootings that killed more than 200 Palestinians and wounded thousands at violent protests along the Gaza frontier in recent years, strengthening the case for the International Criminal Court to intervene. ...

Takeaways: AP investigates missing US military explosives

Dec. 02, 2021 00:46 AM EST

The U.S. military cannot account for all its explosives. An Associated Press investigation has found that weapons of war such as TNT and grenades have vanished from military bases and shipments. All have been stolen from or lost by the U.S. armed forces over the past...

AP: US military explosives vanish, emerge in civilian world

Dec. 02, 2021 00:40 AM EST

The Marine Corps demolition specialist was worried — about America, and about the civil war he feared would follow the presidential election. And so, block by block, he stole 13 pounds (6 kilograms) of C4 plastic explosives from the training ranges of Camp Lejeune. ...

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons “increases tensions in the region”

Dec. 02, 2021 00:04 AM EST
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons “increases tensions in the region.”

Hawaii: Petroleum detected in tap water near Pearl Harbor

Dec. 01, 2021 21:33 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii State Department of Health said Wednesday a laboratory has detected petroleum product in a water sample from an elementary school near Pearl Harbor amid heightened concerns that fuel from a massive Navy storage facility could contaminate Oahu's water supply. ...

EXPLAINER: Why was Michigan suspect charged with terrorism?

Dec. 01, 2021 19:50 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prosecutors on Wednesday charged a teen with terrorism in a deadly mass shooting at his high school, a novel approach made possible by a law enacted after the 9/11 attacks nearly 20 years ago. The state's 2002 anti-terrorism law defines a...