Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline looms

WASHINGTON — Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine, and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and could be forced out of service. Guard soldiers have until Thursday … Read more

Russians advance on war’s front line in eastern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine– The Russian military extended its grip on territory in eastern Ukraine as it seeks to cut supply lines and encircle frontline Ukrainian forces, while the Ukrainian military announced Thursday the arrival of powerful US multiple-launch rocket systems it hopes will offer a battlefield advantage. Ukrainian forces withdrew from some areas near the city … Read more

Iran orders US to pay compensation for slain nuke scientists

TEHRAN, Iran — A court in Iran on Thursday ordered the United States government to pay over $4 billion to the families of Iranian nuclear scientists who have been killed in targeted attacks in recent years, state-run media reported. The largely symbolic ruling underscores the escalating tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran’s rapidly … Read more

77 years after battle’s end, Okinawa wants US base reduced

TOKYO — Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki is marking the 77th anniversary Thursday of the end of one of the harshest World War II battles fought on the southern islands by calling for further reduction of US military presence there amid growing fear of getting embroiled in regional tension. The southern island group was the site … Read more

Myanmar ministers join Southeast Asian defense meeting

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Myanmar’s defense minister, under sanctions from the United States, Britain and other countries for abuses committed by his country’s military, was welcomed Wednesday to an annual meeting with his counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Gen. Mya Tun Oo wore his military uniform as he attended the ASEAN defense … Read more

As Russia presses assault, Ukraine given possible path to EU

KYIV, Ukraine– The executive arm of the European Union recommended Friday that Ukraine be granted candidate status to one day join the 27-nation bloc. The promise of membership in a union created to safeguard peace on the continent holds deep symbolism for the nation at war. But it is only the first step in a … Read more

China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

BEIJING — Beijing launched a new-generation aircraft carrier Friday, the first such ship to be both designed and built in China, in a milestone as it seeks to extend the range and power of its navy. The Type 003 carrier christened Fujian left its drydock at a shipyard outside Shanghai in the morning and tied … Read more

Seoul: No evidence slain official tried to defect to N Korea

SEOUL, South Korea– Overturning its predecessor’s assessment, South Korea’s new conservative government said Thursday there is no evidence that a South Korean official slain by North Korea near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary in 2020 had intended to defect to the North. The killing of the official fisheries has been a major source of domestic … Read more

California to pay $51M over killings at veterans home

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — California officials have agreed to pay $51 million to settle lawsuits against the state stemming from a shooting at a home for veterans in Northern California where a former patient fatally shot three female mental health workers and then himself. On March 9, 2018, Albert Wong, 36, took three staffers hostage with … Read more

US envoy talks with Lebanese on border dispute with Israel

BEIRUT — The US envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border met Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday in Beirut for talks on ways of reaching a solution amid rising tensions along the tense boundary. Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser for energy security at the US State Department, arrived in Beirut … Read more