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  • South Africa: Opposition leader warns president to step down story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-16 3:05 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - Fiery South African opposition politician Julius Malema told 40,000 cheering supporters that President Jacob Zuma should step down before the army turns on him because of the corruption allegations against him.

  • Woman accused of smuggling heroin at border arrested 
    Updated: Apr-30-16 6:11 am

    TUCSON, Arizona - Border Patrol agents say a woman was arrested at a Tucson area checkpoint after nearly 7 pounds of heroin was found on her body.

  • Ban on female guards to be lifted in 9/11 case at Guantanamo story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 6:40 pm

    MIAMI - The military judge presiding over the Sept. 11 war crimes proceedings at Guantanamo Bay said in a ruling this week that he will eventually lift his order prohibiting female guards from having physical contact with the five defendants while transporting them around the U.S. base in Cuba.

  • Navy commander sentenced to 78 months in bribery scandal 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 5:48 pm

    SAN DIEGO - A Navy commander who fled Cambodia's killing fields as a boy to grow up to become a decorated U.S. military officer was sentenced Friday to 78 months in prison for providing classified ship schedules in exchange for the services of prostitutes, theater tickets and other gifts from a Malaysian defense contractor.

  • 16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-29-16 4:11 pm

    WASHINGTON - Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said Friday. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist."

  • UN urges return to full operation of Western Sahara mission 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 2:36 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council called Friday for the urgent return of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara to its full operation, a rebuke to Morocco which expelled most of the mission's civilian staff to protest a perceived slight by the U.N. secretary-general.

  • Fort Leavenworth commanding general departs for Hawaii post 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 11:59 am

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas - The commanding general of Fort Leavenworth in Kansas has been picked to lead the U.S. Army Pacific in Hawaii.

  • Poland again denies entry to nationalist Russian bikers 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:37 am

    WARSAW, Poland - Poland's foreign minister said Friday that "security regulations" were behind the decision to ban pro-Kremlin Russian bikers from riding through Poland as they mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.

  • The Latest: Albania stages exercise to prepare for migrants 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 5:21 am

    BERLIN - The Latest on Europe's response to migrants (all times local):

  • GOP senator blocks vote on Army secretary over Guantanamo 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 5:36 pm

    WASHINGTON - The nomination of President Barack Obama's choice to serve as Army secretary remains blocked by a Kansas senator over administration efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer detainees to the U.S.

  • UN votes to wrap up Ivory Coast peacekeeping mission in 2017 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 1:50 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to wrap up its 12-year peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast next year, a sign of confidence in the West African nation's progress to peace after years of political turmoil and thousands of deaths.

  • Army studies 38-acre Arlington National Cemetery expansion 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 6:45 pm

    ARLINGTON, Virginia - The Army is beginning a yearlong environmental assessment of a proposed 38-acre expansion of Arlington National Cemetery that it hopes will extend the life of the facility by 20 years.

  • Army Reservists from Willmar area to deploy to Kuwait 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 3:17 pm

    WILLMAR, Minnesota - U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from the Willmar area are preparing to deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Carter calls Republican plan to shift wartime money flawed story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-27-16 2:02 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter attacked as "another road to nowhere" a Republican plan that cuts $18 billion from the wartime operations account to pay for weapons and troops the Pentagon didn't request, kicking the battle over how much to spend on the U.S. military into high gear.

  • US Pacific Fleet expands use of 3rd Fleet commanders story has photos
    Updated: Apr-26-16 10:47 pm

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said he plans to expand the role of the U.S. 3rd Fleet commander and her staff in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Combat pilot nominated for Air Force Chief 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 5:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter is nominating Gen. David Goldfein to become the next Air Force chief of staff.

  • Philippine troops hunt extremists who beheaded Canadian story has photos
    Updated: Apr-26-16 3:23 pm

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine military came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their Muslim extremist captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed without endangering the remaining captives.

  • Mold removed from Offutt Air Force Base's new building 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 1:49 pm

    OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska - Military officials say 4,000 feet of mold-infested ductwork has been removed from the U.S. Strategic Command's new headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base.

  • Panel confirms first female officer for warfighting command 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 1:19 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved the nomination of the first female officer to lead one of the military's warfighting commands.

  • Senator says fighter program has been scandal and tragedy 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 12:19 pm

    WASHINGTON - The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's record on cost, schedule and performance has been a scandal and a tragedy, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee told senior Pentagon officials Tuesday during a withering critique of the most expensive weapons program in U.S. military history.

  • US Rep. Hal Rogers pulls funding for Lake Cumberland study 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 12:11 pm

    SOMERSET, Kentucky - U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers has pulled funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer study of Lake Cumberland.

  • Group: Western Sahara war is possible if no vote date set story has photos
    Updated: Apr-26-16 12:08 pm

    MADRID - A top member of a group seeking independence for Western Sahara warned Tuesday that war is possible over the disputed territory annexed by Morocco if the U.N. Security Council fails to set a timetable for a vote on self-determination.

  • Obama boosts Islamic State fight, asks Europe to do the same story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-25-16 7:06 pm

    HANNOVER, Germany - Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up "momentum" in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.

  • Armed Services chief lays out risky strategy for budget hike 
    Updated: Apr-25-16 4:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - Seeking to halt an erosion of the U.S. military's combat readiness, a senior House Republican unveiled legislation Monday that would boost the defense budget by billions of dollars to pay for additional ships, jet fighters, helicopters and more.

  • A Washington ritual: Pentagon, Congress at odds over bases story has photos
    Updated: Apr-25-16 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon thinks it has a winning argument for why Congress should allow a new round of military base closings. The case goes like this: The Army and Air Force have vastly more space for training and basing troops than they need, and trimming the surplus would save money better used to strengthen the military.