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Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks’ Assange

By JILL LAWLESS | February 24, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Truth-telling journalist or reckless criminal: A British judge was given two conflicting portraits of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder's long-awaited extradition hearing began Monday in a London court.A lawyer for the U.S. authorities,...

Haiti says soldier died of wounds after shootout with police

February 24, 2020

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haitian Ministry of Defense said Monday that a soldier has died from wounds suffered during an exchange of gunfire with police officers protesting outside army headquarters.The ministry said another soldier is in stable...

New Army training team heads to Africa

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army, for the first time, will send soldiers from one of its new training brigades to Africa in the coming weeks, expanding the use of the new specialized units as the Pentagon looks at possible troop cuts on the continent.The...

US to lay out case against Assange at extradition hearing

By JILL LAWLESS | February 23, 2020

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents.A judge at...

Marchers support Assange ahead of London extradition hearing

By JILL LAWLESS | February 22, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of Julian Assange marched through London on Saturday to pressure the U.K. government into refusing to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face spying charges.Famous backers, including Pink Floyd’s...

Algeria on cusp of change as protest movement marks 1 year

By LOTFI BOUCHOUCHI | February 21, 2020

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians flooded into the streets of the capital and other cities on the 53rd straight Friday of peaceful protests, marking the first anniversary of their “smile revolution” that unseated the North African nation's long-time...

Israel confirms ultra-Orthodox draft figures were inflated

By JOSEPH KRAUSS | February 20, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Thursday it found “serious, systemic failures” in its own reporting that inflated figures on the enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews, a hot-button issue in a country where most Jewish men are subject to mandatory...

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

By ELLIOT SPAGAT | February 18, 2020

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year...

US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

By MATTHEW LEE and KATHY GANNON | February 14, 2020

MUNICH (AP) — The United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end 18 years of war.The peace deal would call for negotiations...

Army: No investigation into Vindman

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | February 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Friday there is no investigation into the Army officer who until last week worked at the White House National Security Council and was a key witness in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.McCarthy...

US travel ban for Sri Lanka army chief in hospital shelling

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI | February 14, 2020

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday issued a travel ban Sri Lanka's army chief, saying there is “credible information of his involvement” in human rights violations during the final phase of the island nation's civil war that...

Thai mall reopens after honoring victims of mass shooting

February 13, 2020

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (AP) — The shopping mall that was the site of Thailand's worst-ever mass shooting reopened Thursday, four days after security forces killed a gunman who was holed up inside, ending the bloody rampage.A total of 29 people...

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