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Britain, EU clash over Brexit proposals on citizens' rights

The European Union and Britain on Friday tripped over the first item in their Brexit talks — protecting the rights of each other's citizens — highlighting the potential for trouble ahead in their marathon negotiations.

Officials: 35 killed in 3 bomb attacks in 2 Pakistani cities

At least 35 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday in three separate bomb attacks in two major Pakistani cities, officials said.

North Korea calls US student's death a 'mystery,' casts itself as 'biggest victim'

North Korea said Friday that the death of American tourist Otto Warmbier was a mystery, denying he had been tortured and casting itself as the "biggest victim" of the affair.

Trump suggests he was trying to keep FBI director honest

President Donald Trump suggested he was just trying to keep fired FBI Director James Comey honest with his cryptic tweet implying there might be recordings of their private conversations.

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan deny reports they are in talks with Russia to send troops to Syria

Reports that Russia is trying to persuade Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to send troops to Syria have sparked confused and carefully worded denials from those two countries.

The 'government we deserve' axiom still reigns

Both an informed, engaged electorate that turns out to vote and an uninformed, apathetic electorate that stays home deserve what they get.

Even police act with a fear of blackness

What becomes of a society where race warps the functioning of the justice system, where juries, observing these horrors on video, nevertheless deem fear of blackness reasonable?

Polish human rights official under fire for Holocaust remark

A leading Polish human rights official has come under fire for saying the "Polish nation" took part in the implementation of the Holocaust — a controversial statement in a country that never collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II.

London police confirm deadly high-rise fire began in an apartment fridge

London police on Friday said that the deadly fire last week that killed at least 79 people was started by a fridge freezer - the first official confirmation on the cause of the blaze.

How Canada's small military produced deadly, record-breaking snipers

Despite its small size, Canada is known for producing well-trained, highly skilled soldiers, who have long fought alongside American and British counterparts in major world conflicts, including the current fight against Islamic State militants.

As Russia launches missiles into Syria, US faces strategic dilemma

Russia launched a flurry of cruise missiles into Syria Friday, targeting Islamic State fighters with a strike that also demonstrates Moscow's ability to use its muscle to advance the interests of a Syrian government hostile to U.S.-backed militias.

Iwakuni mayor announces support for relocating Navy carrier air wing from Atsugi

Citing the threat from North Korea, a Japanese mayor says he supports a bilateral agreement that will relocate the bulk of a Navy carrier air wing to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, an Iwakuni City official said Friday.

Okinawans recall horrors of war, call for lasting peace during Battle of Okinawa remembrance

Sunao Oshiro's eyes moistened as the 84-year-old made his yearly pilgrimage to Okinawa Peace Memorial Park on Friday for the annual Irei no Hi ceremony, which marked the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa.

Philippines: ISIS funded siege through Malaysian militant

The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said Friday.

North Korea says it is 'biggest victim' in death of American student

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency denied that North Korea cruelly treated or tortured Otto Warmbier and accused the United States and South Korea of a smear campaign that insulted what it called its "humanitarian" treatment of him.

Suicide car bomb in southwest Pakistan kills 11, wounds 20

A suicide car bomber struck near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 20, officials said. A breakaway Taliban faction later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Navy names lead investigator in USS Fitzgerald collision that killed 7 sailors

Rear Adm. Brian Fort will lead a Navy investigation into the collision that killed seven USS Fitzgerald sailors off the Japanese coast, a 7th Fleet statement said Friday.

Air Force Thunderbirds, jet trainer set for Ohio air show

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Lockheed Martin's newest jet trainer will be featured at annual air show this weekend in southwestern Ohio.

Trump's bright idea: A solar wall at the US-Mexico border

President Donald Trump wants to add solar panels to his long-promised southern border wall — a plan he says would help pay for the wall's construction and add to its aesthetic appeal.

Taliban leader: Afghan War will end only when NATO leaves

The leader of the Afghan Taliban said on Friday that a planned U.S. troop surge will not end the protracted war in the country and vowed to fight on until a full withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.

German parliament votes to annul gay men's convictions

German lawmakers on Thursday approved a plan to annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enforced enthusiastically in post-World War II West Germany.

Intercept attempt fails in missile defense test off Hawaii

As part of the test, a medium-range target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai late Wednesday. The USS John Paul Jones detected and tracked the missile. The ship launched the interceptor, but it failed to shoot down the target.

Museum of the Marine adds new monument

The Museum of the Marine unveiled its second monument Thursday within Lejeune Memorial Gardens.

John F. Kennedy carrier reaches construction milestone

The future USS John F. Kennedy added 932 metric tons to its fighting weight Thursday as Newport News Shipbuilding marked a construction milestone for the next-generation aircraft carrier.

West Point getting new commandant of cadets

Brigadier Gen. Steve Gilland will take the position Friday during a ceremony at West Point. The commandant of cadets oversees discipline and training for the academy's roughly 4,200 cadets. It's one of West Point's top positions.

Qatar's neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis

A 13-point list demands that Qatar sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and with other groups including Hezbollah, al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.

Philippines: Malaysian financier believed killed in siege

The Philippine military chief says a Malaysian militant who helped lead and finance the siege in southern Marawi city has been killed in one of the setbacks to the uprising by locals aligned with the Islamic State group.

Border Patrol agent admits attempted drug smuggling

Agent Noe Lopez pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego on Thursday to two drug-trafficking counts. He admitted to attempting to smuggle methamphetamine and cocaine while on duty in exchange for cash.

Remains of WWII soldier returned to Ohio after 74 years

Don Jakeway, a decorated World War II soldier with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, couldn't keep from choking up as he talked about Army Pvt. Eugene "Gene" Appleby.

Satellite images show China's newest sub-hunting aircraft now deployed to South China Sea

Satellite images taken in May show that China's newest submarine-hunting aircraft have been deployed to its southern province of Hainan on the South China Sea. The planes were photographed while on the ground at Lingshui Air Base, which is in the southeastern part of the island province.

Brexit: May offers hope for EU citizens, wins guarded praise

May laid out benchmarks for the rights of 3 million EU citizens living legally in Britain and how they should be shielded from excessive harm because of the divorce. She made it clear that Britain wants reciprocal measures for the 1.5 million British citizens living in the EU.

Armed services chairman to seek $640 billion in DOD spending

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says he'll push to increase defense spending by $37 billion more than President Donald Trump proposed to pay for more troops and new weapons.

Army general demoted as sex scandals continue

Wayne Grigsby Jr., who also served as the commander of Fort Riley, Kansas, was reprimanded after investigators found that he had called and texted a female captain more than 850 times over 10 months and was spending time at her home.

Court: Sailors can sue in US over Japanese nuclear disaster

A federal appeals court says members of the U.S. Navy can pursue their lawsuit in a U.S. court alleging radiation exposure from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Military: Canadian Special Ops sniper hit target from more than 2 miles away

A Canadian Special Operations sniper shot an ISIS fighter from nearly 2.2 miles away in Iraq, the Globe and Mail reported. Canadian Special Operations Command confirmed that one of its soldiers hit a human target from 3,540 meters away.

US airstrike kills al-Qaida commander, 2 others, in Yemen

The U.S. military says an American airstrike in Yemen has killed a top commander for the al-Qaida affiliate there and two of his associates.

UN says ISIS targets children to hold Mosul civilians hostage

Fighters for the Islamic State group are targeting children in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing the city as Iraqi forces push into the last stronghold held in Iraq by the militants there, the United Nations said Thursday.

Scientist gets time served for theft of military documents

A scientist who pleaded guilty to taking sensitive documents from a Connecticut military contractor to his native China has been sentenced to the 2 1/2 years in prison he has already served.

Report: Same Army lab in anthrax scare might have also lost small amount of sarin

The same Army laboratory that mishandled anthrax in 2015 leading to a nationwide scare might also have lost a small amount of the chemical sarin, the Pentagon's inspector general has found.

Iraqis: ISIS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret.

Virginia man charged with giving secret documents to China

A Virginia man caught with $16,500 in cash in his carry-on luggage was charged Thursday with transmitting top-secret documents to an apparent Chinese agent.

Air Force to extend hazard pay for special operations personnel

The increased pay is part of an effort to retain airmen in critical fields. Airmen who are eligible could see up to an additional $615 a month in their pay.

Tale of 2 Princes: Trump, Saudi king rely on son, son-in-law

Half a world apart, in a theocratic monarchy and a democracy, a king and a president are relying on their thirty-something son and son-in-law to help consolidate power and push their policies.

Civics classes resume in renovated space at National Museum of American History

Closed for renovations since 2012, the second floor of the National Museum of American History's west wing will reopen Wednesday with a renewed purpose: to tell the story of American democracy and encourage people to participate.

Trading helmets for hard hats, veterans explore career in construction

Vietnam veteran Bob Luckett heard a report about the challenges veterans face finding a job. He founded a nonprofit that offers veterans a paid four-year training program to prepare them for a career in the construction industry.

Prince Harry: No one in royal family wants to rise to throne

Britain's Prince Harry has suggested that no one in the royal family really wishes to rise to the throne — and that it is duty, rather than desire, that prompts them to continue serving the British people.

Trump says he didn't tape his conversations with Comey

President Donald Trump says he "did not make" and doesn't have any recordings of his private conversations with James Comey — his fired FBI director.

Archbishop: Church of England 'colluded' to hide sex abuse

The Church of England "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday.

Russia cancels diplomatic meeting in wake of US sanctions

The Kremlin voiced displeasure Wednesday about new United States sanctions against Russia and called off much-anticipated talks with a senior U.S administration official in response.