- Military bases among winners of $720M in conservation grants Updated: Feb-12-16 3:39 pm
FORT STEWART, Georgia - Military bases in three U.S. states will share $17.5 million in conservation funding to protect longleaf pine forests used for training troops while assisting the recovery of threatened species, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday.
- Progress made to replace Offutt Air Force Base's bad runway Updated: Feb-12-16 3:37 pm
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska - A project to replace Offutt Air Force Base's crumbling runway appears to be moving forward, but key questions have yet to be answered.
- House sends NKorea sanctions bill to president for signature Updated: Feb-12-16 2:55 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Friday that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program.
- US Africa Command: Senior LRA rebel commander defects in CAR Updated: Feb-12-16 2:41 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - A senior commander with the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army has defected to villagers in Central African Republic, the U.S. Africa Command said Friday.
- Meredith police's grenade launcher recalled by government Updated: Feb-12-16 2:28 pm
MEREDITH, New Hampshire - A grenade launcher obtained by a New Hampshire town police department through a U.S. Department of Defense program has been recalled by the federal government.
- Saudi foreign minister defends policy at Munich meeting Updated: Feb-12-16 2:18 pm
MUNICH - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Friday defended his country's foreign policy and its stance in Yemen and Syria, insisting that the kingdom has no ambitions beyond its borders.
- Bill to limit use of video cameras at polls wins support Updated: Feb-12-16 1:27 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill that would make it harder to use video cameras to intimidate voters is winning bipartisan support from Maine lawmakers.
- Ryan lays out budget options to divided House Republicans Updated: Feb-12-16 12:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday delivered a message to conservatives unhappy with last year's pact with President Barack Obama that boosted spending for the Pentagon and domestic agencies: You're stuck with it.
- The Latest: Official: Half of Calais camp to be evacuated Updated: Feb-12-16 12:26 pm
SID, Serbia - The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
- Nigerian army: 12 senior officers investigated for graft Updated: Feb-12-16 10:43 am
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's army says 12 senior officers are being investigated for corruption.
- EU is poised to restrict passport-free travel Updated: Feb-12-16 10:28 am
BRUSSELS - European Union countries are poised to restrict passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule to keep some border controls for two more years because of the migration crisis and Greece's troubles in controlling its border, according to EU documents seen by The Associated Press.
- Seoul, US to open talks on missile defense aimed at N. Korea Updated: Feb-12-16 6:54 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday.
- Pakistani intelligence arrests nearly 100 militants Updated: Feb-12-16 6:43 am
KARACHI, Pakistan - Pakistan's intelligence agencies arrested a collective of 97 "hardcore terrorists" from three banned groups involved in a string of major terrorist attacks and seized weapons, explosives and communications gear intended for future attacks, a Pakistani official said Friday.
- Carter says UAE will put special forces in Syria Updated: Feb-12-16 6:32 am
BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a key Persian Gulf ally has agreed to send special forces soldiers to Syria to assist in the development of local Sunni Arab fighters focused on recapturing Raqqa, the Islamic State group's capital.
- Congress bans import of forced labor products Updated: Feb-12-16 3:19 am
A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America.
- Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week Updated: Feb-12-16 1:37 am
MUNICH - Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate cease-fire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.
- Australian minister resigns for breaching code of conduct Updated: Feb-12-16 12:11 am
CANBERRA, Australia - An embattled Australian government minister resigned on Friday for breaching ministerial standards through a business trip to China, clearing the way for the prime minister to announce a final Cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections due this year.
- Britain hopes UN will agree soon on tough NKorea sanctions Updated: Feb-11-16 9:44 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Britain's United Nations ambassador says he hopes the U.N. Security Council will agree as soon as possible on a resolution imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.
- Official unsure of where Iran's enriched uranium is stored Updated: Feb-11-16 5:48 pm
WASHINGTON - A State Department official told lawmakers Thursday he was unsure of the precise location of tons of low-enriched uranium shipped out of Iran on a Russian vessel as part of the landmark nuclear agreement.
- Panel advances bill to require ultrasounds before abortions Updated: Feb-11-16 5:13 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Abortion opponents increasingly on the offensive in Kentucky's statehouse advanced legislation Thursday that would require doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant women.
- US airstrikes target Islamic State in Afghanistan Updated: Feb-11-16 4:36 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States has expanded its fight against the Islamic State group in Afghanistan, launching 20 airstrikes in the eastern part of the country in the last three weeks, U.S. officials said Thursday.
- Lawmakers urge federal agency to build campus in Illinois Updated: Feb-11-16 4:08 pm
MASCOUTAH, Illinois - Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are appealing to the head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in support of Scott Air Force Base's bid to host its new facility.
- NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis Updated: Feb-11-16 3:21 pm
BRUSSELS - In a dramatic response to Europe's gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece.
- Pentagon chief predicting 'tangible gains' in Iraq, Syria Updated: Feb-11-16 1:26 pm
BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce "tangible gains" in Iraq and Syria by March, even as coalition partners pledged to expand and deepen their military contributions.
- Official urging military members to buy renter's insurance Updated: Feb-11-16 1:20 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The state's insurance commissioner says members of the military stationed in Arkansas should consider buying renter's insurance because the Basic Allowance for Housing no longer covers it.