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An attack on a cargo ship in the Red Sea has caused a miles-long oil slick. Things could get worse

Feb. 24, 2024 14:20 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels on a Belize-flagged ship earlier this month caused an 18-mile (29-kilometer) oil slick, the U.S. military said Saturday. It also warned of the danger of a spill from the vessel's cargo of fertilizer. The Rubymar, a British-registered,...

Many in Myanmar consider fleeing to Thailand to escape conscription into an army they despise

Feb. 24, 2024 03:43 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thwel, a 25-year-old schoolteacher, saw very few options left to her after Myanmar’s military announced it is implementing conscription to fill its ranks. “As a person living in this country, I only have two options: to go abroad illegally or die here,” Thwel...

After 2 years of war, questions abound on whether Kyiv can sustain the fight against Russia

Feb. 24, 2024 00:12 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The future looks bleak for war-weary Ukraine: It is beset by shortages in soldiers and ammunition, as well as doubts about the supply of Western aid. Ukrainian forces also face a Russian enemy that has recently seized the initiative on the battlefield. Two...

Ukraine claims it downed another Russian early warning and control plane in a major blow to Moscow

Feb. 23, 2024 22:00 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces downed a Russian early warning and control aircraft Friday, the air force chief said — a major win for the country as its army fights to repel persistent Russian attacks along the front line as the war enters its third year. Gen. Mykola...

Small, nonthreatening balloon intercepted over Utah by NORAD

Feb. 23, 2024 20:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A small, nonthreatening balloon spotted flying high over the mountainous Western United States was intercepted by a fighter jet over Utah on Friday, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD fighter pilots sent in the morning to...

Migrant boat capsizes off Malta during rescue operations, killing five

Feb. 23, 2024 10:36 AM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A 25-foot boat loaded with migrants capsized off Malta on Friday as rescue operations were under way, killing five people and injuring eight, Maltese officials said. Twenty-one other survivors were taken to a migrant detention center on the Mediterranean...

Indonesia and Australia hold defense talks as both nations move toward signing a security agreement

Feb. 23, 2024 09:48 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and Australia held high-level talks in Jakarta on Friday as the neighboring countries seek to strengthen security ties by signing a defense cooperation agreement in the coming months. Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, who is set to become...

US and South Korea fly warplanes in interception drills after North Korea's missile tests

Feb. 23, 2024 04:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the United States flew advanced stealth fighters in a joint missile-interception drill Friday over the Korean Peninsula, South Korea’s air force said, an apparent response to a spate of weapons tests this year by rival North Korea. North...

Georgia lawmakers weigh a 3-year pause on expansion permits for planned Okefenokee mine

Feb. 22, 2024 10:39 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — As a proposed mine on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp and its vast wildlife refuge nears final approval, Georgia lawmakers are considering a three-year pause on future permits to allow expansion of the mining project. Critics fear any such mining could irreparably harm a...

Russia's forces turn their focus on Ukraine's northeast in what may be an ambitious new push

Feb. 22, 2024 09:17 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces are probing Ukrainian defenses for weak points in the country’s northeast, an official said Thursday, an area where analysts believe the Kremlin seeks to build on its recent success in taking a key city by mounting an ambitious four-pronged offensive to break...