ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The elite academies that educate officers for the nation's armed forces have begun to implement the Trump administration's ban on transgender service members.
Sudan army removes leader, rejects al-Bashir extradition
CAIRO (AP) — The Sudanese military on Friday swiftly replaced the country's transitional leader linked to the Darfur genocide after street rallies against him and said that it wouldn't hand over...
New commander of Wyoming National Guard takes over
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming National Guard has a new leader.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Maj. Gen. Gregory Porter was sworn in as the next adjutant general of the Guard and...
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A group of migrants desperate not to go back to Libya made it safely to Europe on Thursday after commandeering the oil tanker that rescued them at sea — a drama that...
NY, Brazil sign agreement for military training missions
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York National Guard will partner with Brazil to conduct joint training missions and military exchanges.
National Guard officials say the state program agreement...
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has commissioned more than 1,000 new aircraft and thousands of tanks in the past few years in a massive modernization effort amid tensions with the West, the...
Transgender troops tell Congress they excel in military
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Transgender troops testifying for the first time to Congress on Wednesday said transitioning to another sex made them stronger, while Pentagon officials defended the Trump...
Judge rules against male-only draft, but no changes imminent
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The chairman of a panel considering changes to the U.S. military draft said Monday its recommendations to Congress won't be influenced by a federal judge's recent ruling that...
Verdict pending for Swiss veteran who joined anti-IS militia
GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss military official says a verdict is expected Friday in the trial of a former sergeant accused of jeopardizing Switzerland's standing as a neutral nation by joining a foreign...
Military Police Company honored for serving in Afghanistan
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and National Guard leaders honored soldiers from the Upper Midwest who spent about a year serving in Afghanistan.
A special ceremony was held Sunday afternoon at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Fargo for about 30 members of the North Dakota Army National Guard's 191st Military Police Company. The soldiers are from 20 communities in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.
Poland to pay $414M for US-made rocket launching system
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense minister says the country is signing a $414 million deal with the U.S. government for the purchase of mobile artillery rocket systems.
Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the 20 HIMARS missile launchers and related technology covered by the agreement would significantly increase the combat capability of Poland's armed forces.
Jihadists retaliate after Burkina Faso military offensive
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The commander general of Burkina Faso's army says five gendarmes are dead and three wounded after jihadists retaliated against counterterror operations that killed 146 of their fighters earlier this week.
Commander Gen. Moise Minoungou also said late Tuesday that armed forces killed 21 jihadists after they attacked a military base in Oursi.
Burkina Faso forces kill 146 jihadists after village attack
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's armed forces have killed 146 jihadists in counterterror operations in the northwest near the border with Mali, the army's commander general said.
The response came after armed men attacked Kain village in Yatenga province early Monday, killing 14 people, Gen. Moise Minoungou said on national television late Monday. The operations, including air support, also targeted Bahn in the north region and Bomboro in the Boucle du Mouhoun region.
France launches airstrikes at armed Libyan group in Chad
PARIS (AP) — France's Defense Ministry says French armed forces have intervened in northern Chad and launched airstrikes at an armed group coming in from Libya.
The operation took place Sunday and was organized in cooperation with the Chadian army.
Singapore actor’s death puts spotlight on conscription risks
SINGAPORE (AP) — A memorial service was held Sunday for a Singaporean actor and soldier who died from injuries at a military exercise, a case that has renewed scrutiny of the tiny Southeast Asian nation's system of mandatory conscription.
Reservist Aloysius Pang, 28, was taking part in military training in New Zealand last weekend when he was crushed while repairing an artillery vehicle. He died Thursday after several surgeries.
Transgender military personnel in limbo over Trump plan
NEW YORK (AP) — Long term, lawyers and activists battling to ensure that transgender people can serve openly in the U.S. military are convinced they will prevail. Short term, they are braced for anguishing consequences if the Trump administration proceeds with its plan to sharply restrict such service.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote Tuesday, gave the administration the green light to put the policy into effect even as legal challenges continue.
Thai military chief urges loyalty ahead of expected election
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military held its annual Armed Forces Day parade on Friday as the country prepares for expected elections more than four years after soldiers overthrew an elected government.
Army Commander in Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong, who presided over the ceremony, declined last October to rule out future army interventions in Thai political life, raising a storm of controversy.
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The Latest: UK PM May to skip Davos amid Brexit uncertainty
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
Theresa May's office says the British prime minister will skip the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week to focus on resolving the Brexit crisis.
May had been expected to attend the gathering of world leaders and global power players in the Swiss ski resort. But her Downing Street office says she is "focused on matters here."
Mexico Congress backs National Guard, weakens military role
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The lower house of Mexico's Congress has passed a measure creating a National Guard, though it was quickly criticized by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for weakening controversial proposals to give the military a greater formal role in policing.
Lopez Obrador said Thursday he hopes the Senate will modify it to restore a greater role for the armed forces.
Venezuela’s opposition outlines roadmap for power transfer
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress has declared President Nicolas Maduro "illegitimate," moving a step closer to implementing a plan to challenge the socialist leader by declaring a caretaker government and calling early elections.
Taiwan announces new-look military drills to counter China
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's military on Wednesday announced a series of newly designed large-scale military drills for this year aimed at countering China's renewed threat to use force to gain control over the island.
Romanian president keeps army chief amid warship debate
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has extended the mandate of the army's chief of staff for a year against the wishes of the government, which is allegedly in a dispute with him over the acquisition of warships.
President Klaus Iohannis on Friday convened the country's top defense body to discuss the position of Gen. Nicolae Ciuca, whose mandate expires Dec. 31.
Sudan’s military pledges to stand by embattled president
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's military on Sunday pledged to stand by President Omar Bashir, according to a tweet by the country's state news agency, a timely show of support as the embattled leader faces ongoing street protests decrying worsening economic conditions and demanding that he step down.
Cambodian leader’s eldest son advances in succession stakes
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The eldest son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has joined the inner circle of his father's ruling Cambodian People's Party, bolstering speculation he is being groomed to succeed to the premiership.
Ethiopia moving troops from Eritrean border amid new peace
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian military officials on Friday announced they are moving troops away from the border with Eritrea, months after the former rivals made a surprising peace.
Relations have "improved tremendously" and the "threat level from the Eritrean side has declined sharply. So we have decided that there is no use in keeping that massive force in the border areas," said Gen. Asrat Denero, head of the army's Western Command. "It will be deployed to other locations."
French says its forces kill at least 30 extremists in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France's anti-terrorism forces in Mali have killed at least 30 al-Qaida-linked extremists in central Mali, including the possible death of a chief jihadi leader, France's armed forces ministry said Friday.
The ministry said in a statement that the attack overnight Thursday into Friday combined air strikes, Reaper drones, helicopter assaults and ground engagement by French soldiers.
Report: Russian charged by US seen at Libya military meeting
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian newspaper says video released by the self-styled Libyan National Army shows a businessman allegedly linked to a private contractor that sent mercenaries to Syria at a meeting with the head of the Libyan army and top Russian military officials.
UK says women can serve in combat roles in army, marines
LONDON (AP) — Women can now serve in all roles in Britain's military, including front-line combat units and the special forces.
Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the change Thursday, saying "the idea that we are excluding half the population from some of these most vital roles potentially holds our armed forces back."
North Korean general says country seeking ‘stable peace’
BEIJING (AP) — A top North Korean general said Thursday that his country seeks a "stable peace" and wants to turn the Korean Peninsula into "the cradle of peace and prosperity," furthering a departure from the bellicose language of the past.
Vice Minister of the People's Armed Forces, Col. Gen. Kim Hyong Ryong, told a defense forum in Beijing that Pyongyang wanted to "contribute to the security of Asia and the globe."
Korean leaders agree on steps to boost relations
Poland to have new military force located in sensitive east
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense minister says the country will boost its military presence in the east with the formation of a new division of the armed forces.
In comments published Monday by the Defense Ministry, Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the new force will be based in Siedlce and will consist of three brigades, two existing ones and one to be formed from new troops.
The move to bolster NATO's eastern flank is a sign that Poland is uneasy about Russia.
Whereabouts of 2 former Colombian rebels unknown
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities said Friday that two former rebel leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have abandoned their camps, raising fears they could abandon a fragile peace process that ended five decades of internal conflict.
Colombia's lead prosecutor Nestor Humberto Martinez said that the whereabouts of Luciano Marin, who is more commonly known as Ivan Marquez, are unknown.
UN: Cease-fire violations may spark Lebanon-Israel conflict
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council warned Thursday that violations of the cease-fire agreement between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict and urged international support for Lebanon's armed forces and their stepped up deployment in the south and at sea.
Iran says it signed deal to rebuild Syria’s military
BEIRUT (AP) — Iran has signed a deal to rebuild Syria's armed forces, which have been depleted by more than seven years civil war, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on Monday.
Hatami, on a two-day visit to Syria, told the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV station that the agreement also stipulates helping rebuild Syria's military industry.
Foe accused by Maduro says Venezuela military is fracturing
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The exiled opposition leader accused by Venezuelan authorities of directing a failed plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro says the greatest threat to the embattled socialist leader may be his detractors in uniform standing quietly behind him.
Estonia halts NATO air drills after jet misfires missile
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia's defense minister has ordered a halt to NATO air exercises in Estonia pending an investigation after a missile was accidentally fired over the Baltic country's airspace by a Spanish fighter jet on a military exercise this week.
The air-to-air missile that was erroneously launched Tuesday over southern Estonia has not been found, but no people were reported injured or killed by the misfiring, Defense Minister Juri Luik said Thursday.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a radical reform of Argentina's defense doctrine, President Mauricio Macri said Monday he is removing a ban on military involvement in fighting crime, terrorist threats and other internal security issues.
Macri said he will modify a 2006 decree that limited the armed forces to defense against attacks by another country.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dressed in blazers and collared shirts, leaders of Colombia's once largest guerrilla army made their first appearance at a new special peace tribunal Friday to respond to allegations of war crimes during five decades of bloody conflict.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space — though he may have limited power to develop a new military command.
While Trump has previously talked about his desire for a space unit, he seemed to take those musings one step further, specifically ordering the Pentagon to begin the creation of a sixth branch of the American armed forces.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek anti-terrorism police arrested an extreme far-right lawmaker on treason-linked criminal charges Monday, more than two days after he evaded arrest by speeding past a series of police highway checkpoints.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday defended President Donald Trump's decision to return a military salute to a North Korean three-star general.
"It's a common courtesy when a military official from another government salutes, that you return that," presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters two days after Trump returned from his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's government says the army has killed at least 10 extremists after they attacked a village in the central Mopti region.
Minister of Defense Tiena Coulibaly says the armed forces on Tuesday also recovered weapons, explosive devices and other materials.
Resident Ousmane Diallo says gunmen entered Bani village and fired into the air, causing panic before they headed for the prefecture, the local symbol of government.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.N. expert on the impact of conflict on children expressed concern Tuesday over a lack of access to Myanmar's Rakhine state, where army-led violence has prompted about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since last August.
Taiwan leader inspects navy as China prepares drills
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen reviewed military drills Friday ahead of planned war games by China amid rising tensions between the rivals.
Tsai went aboard a U.S.-made destroyer in the port of Su'ao as the island's armed forces simulated breaking a blockade of the self-ruled island.
Somalia to halt UAE funding for troops as relations sour
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — As relations with the United Arab Emirates sour over the seizure of millions of dollars in cash, Somalia announced Wednesday it would end UAE funding for its armed forces.
Defense Minister Mohamed Mursal's comments to reporters came shortly after the UAE condemned what it called an "illegal" move by Somalia to seize $9.6 million from an aircraft at the Mogadishu airport over the weekend.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on Colombian authorities arresting a former leader of the disbanded FARC rebel army (all times local):
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he won't hesitate to extradite a former FARC rebel leader arrested Monday as part of a U.S. drug trafficking investigation.
Keith Barry’s sex assault case puts 2 Navy admirals under investigation
The nation's highest military court on Monday sided with a decorated Navy SEAL and ordered an investigation into whether top Navy admiral lawyers at the Pentagon illegally interfered in his case to ensure a conviction on a sexual assault charge.