Military affairs

January 21, 2019 - 1:21 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban assault on a military base and police training center in a province just outside the Afghan capital on Monday killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 30, officials said. Salem Asgherkhail, head of the area's public health department, said most of those...
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In this Jan. 17, 2019 photo, a retired U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant salutes three Memphis veterans, Wesley Russell, 76, Arnold Klechka, 71, Charles Fox, 60, who died this past fall and whose remains were unclaimed, in Memphis, Tenn. Funeral homes, medical examiners, state and federal veterans’ affairs departments, and local veterans’ groups have combined forces to honor members of the military whose bodies were not claimed by any relatives. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
January 20, 2019 - 11:16 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When the flags were removed from the caskets and folded with military precision, there were no family members there to receive them. So, the banners were passed, hand-to-hand, through the crowd. Some mourners wept as they clutched the flags briefly. Others kissed them. But the...
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January 16, 2019 - 3:39 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a military widow has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for falsely claiming to have a son so she could collect more than $100,000 in veterans and Social Security benefits. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports a federal indictment accused 61-...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo a realtor sign marks a home for sale in Franklin Park, Pa. The partial federal government shutdown is complicating the already complicated process of getting and managing a mortgage. For one thing, the political storm is like severe weather at a major airport: You can expect minor delays or worse. Also, it could mean financial hardship for some federal government employees facing mortgage payments without their regular paychecks. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
January 11, 2019 - 9:44 am
The partial federal government shutdown is complicating the already complicated process of getting and managing a mortgage. For one thing, the political storm is like severe weather at a major airport: You can expect minor delays or worse. Also, it could mean financial hardship for some federal...
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Members of the Congolese opposition coalition Lamuka, led by presidential candidate Martin Faluyu, have a conversation while waiting for a statement to be issued on the timing of the release of the presidential election results in Kinshasa, Congo, Saturday Jan. 5, 2019. Congo faces what could be its first democratic, peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960, but election observers and the opposition have raised numerous concerns about voting irregularities as the country chooses a successor to longtime President Joseph Kabila. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
January 05, 2019 - 12:44 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — On the eve of the first expected results of Congo's long-delayed presidential election, President Donald Trump said military personnel had deployed to the region to protect U.S. assets from possible "violent demonstrations," while the country's powerful Catholic church warned...
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January 05, 2019 - 10:38 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local): 4:35 p.m. The Catholic church in Congo is warning the country's electoral commission that publishing untrue results of the presidential election could lead to a popular "uprising." The church's letter to the...
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 photo, Michele Fitzpatrick, a retired lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard, poses for a photograph at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. Female veterans, both current and former service members, were more likely to vote in the 2018 midterm elections for Democrats than Republicans, 60 percent to 36 percent, according to data from VoteCast. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
December 29, 2018 - 1:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It had been months since retired Lt. Cmdr. Michele Fitzpatrick paid attention to news coverage. She was turned off by President Donald Trump's tweetstorms and attacks on critics such as the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a war hero. But as the November midterm elections...
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December 23, 2018 - 9:44 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A wounded Army veteran was welcomed back to his North Carolina home for Christmas by a crowd including a high school marching band, local cheer team, and neighbors holding banners. The celebratory return for 82nd Airborne veteran Mike Verardo took place Friday evening as he...
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December 18, 2018 - 10:46 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military says it has killed seven suspected English-speaking separatist rebels in Bamenda in the North West region. Four soldiers were rushed to the local hospital, said a health worker, but the military has not reported any dead. The region's army commander, Gen...
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Claudia Maquin, 27, walks with her three children, Abdel Johnatan Domingo Caal Maquin, 9, left, Angela Surely Mariela Caal Maquin, 6 months, middle, and Elvis Radamel Aquiles Caal Maquin, 5, right, as they leave Domingo Caal Chub's house, Claudia's father in law, in Raxruha, Guatemala, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Claudia Maquin's daughter, 7-year-old Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal, died in a Texas hospital, two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
December 15, 2018 - 6:40 pm
SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala (AP) — Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from this small indigenous community in Guatemala where she spent her days plodding...
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