LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has offered his support to a new initiative to clear land mines from a wilderness area in Angola, saying it will protect lives and help communities.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Residents are being allowed to return home after a Rapid City neighborhood was evacuated because of a land mine.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels on Saturday began a long-delayed withdrawal of forces from the port facility in the key city of Hodeida, the group said, following the terms of a December...
NEW DELHI (AP) — Maoist rebels on Wednesday attacked a van carrying police commandos in the insurgents' stronghold in western India and killed 15 officers and their driver, officials...
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says the widespread use of land mines by Yemen's Houthi rebels not only kill civilians but block aid to the most needy, exacerbating the humanitarian...
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants blew themselves up following clashes with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was liberated from the extremists nearly two years...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has spent much of his adult life crusading for the issues that are important to him and now he's helping to commemorate the 80th birthday...
Kosovo resumes bid to clear country of land mines
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's Defense Ministry says military personnel have resumed the annual process of clearing the country of land mines.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A resident says at least five farmers are dead and dozens are wounded in northeastern Nigeria after their vehicle struck a land mine buried by Boko Haram...
Syrian state news: Mine left by Islamic State group kills 20
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A land mine left by the Islamic State group struck a van packed with workers in eastern Syria, killing more than 20 of them, Syria's state news agency said on Sunday. The...
Officials: Land mines kill 6, including a child in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a pair of land mines killed six people in central Bayda province.
The officials say a passenger vehicle on Friday triggered the first mine, which killed a child and wounded five adults.
The second mine went off shortly afterward, killing five Yemeni soldiers who had rushed to try help the wounded.
Land mines will be hidden killer in Yemen decades after war
ADEN, Yemen (AP) — They lurk under shifting desert sands, amid the debris of urban roadsides and inside abandoned schools, some set to go off at the lightest touch.
Land mines scattered by Yemen's Houthi rebels are largely unmapped and will remain a threat even if the latest push for peace succeeds in halting the conflict, those involved in their eradication say.
Russian policeman injured after discovering WWII land mine
MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow police say an off-duty Russian police lieutenant has been hospitalized after a World War II-era land mine exploded on the side of a highway.
Police say the officer found the mine alongside the highway and sustained injuries after it exploded.
A passerby on the highway saw the injured officer and stopped to help.
Koreas survey North’s railways in hopes of joining networks
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean train rolled into North Korea for the first time in a decade on Friday as the countries began joint surveys on northern railway sections they hope someday to connect with the South.
The weekslong inspections represent one of the most significant goodwill gestures between the Koreas in past months as they push ahead with engagement amid a stalemate in larger negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang to resolve the nuclear standoff.
Koreas, UN finish removing firearms from border village
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas and the U.S.-led U.N. Command finished removing firearms and troops from a jointly controlled area at a border village on Thursday, as part of agreements to reduce decades-long animosity on the Korean Peninsula.
Koreas finish removing land mines from border village
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The two Koreas have completed removing land mines planted at their shared border village as part of efforts to disarm the area located inside the world's most heavily fortified border, South Korean officials said Monday.
2 Koreas begin removing DMZ mines to ease military tensions
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korean troops began removing some of the land mines planted at their heavily fortified border on Monday, Seoul officials said, in the first implementation of recent agreements aimed at easing their decades-long military standoff.
The Latest: S. Korea believes North begins demining at DMZ
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on diplomacy and other moves on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):
South Korea's Defense Ministry says it believes North Korea has begun removing land mines from two sites at the rivals' heavily fortified border.
South Korea earlier Monday sent troops to remove its mines from the sites at the Demilitarized Zone under recent agreements with North Korea aimed at reducing their decades-long military animosity.
8 Burkina Faso security force members killed by land mine
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Burkina Faso army official says eight security force members were killed when their vehicle hit an explosive device while driving in the country's east toward the Benin border.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Heavy fighting over the last two weeks along Yemen's western coast between pro-government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Shiite rebels has killed at least 30 civilians, including women and children, officials and witnesses said Tuesday.
Government forces have been trying to seize rebel-held areas along the western coast, including the port city of Hodeida, while the Saudi-led coalition has been targeting the rebels, known as Houthis, with airstrikes.
CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on the battle for Hodeida in Yemen (all times local):
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The United Arab Emirates says it has started flying and sailing aid to Yemen's port city of Hodeida, where its troops in a Saudi-led coalition are fighting Shiite rebels.
A statement on the state-run WAM news agency Friday night said 10 UAE ships carrying 13,500 tons of food and aid, as well as three flights of aid, were planned for Hodeida.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Taliban killed at least five members of a demining team in southern Kandahar province.
Zia Durrani, spokesman for the provincial police chief, says a sixth worker is missing and his fate is unknown following the attack on Monday morning in the district of Maiwand.
QASR EL-YAHUD, West Bank (AP) — Pilgrims seeking serenity during a visit to Jesus' traditional baptism site may be rattled to discover they are surrounded by thousands of land mines left over from dormant Mideast conflicts.
But a project now underway plans to rid the West Bank site of the explosive devices, clearing away the relics of war that have blemished the sacred place for nearly five decades.
BEIRUT (AP) — After seven years of war in Syria, the United Nations has one thing to say: Stop the war on children.
Afghan officials: Attacks kill 10 police; blast kills 2 kids
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attacks blamed on the Taliban in northern and western Afghanistan killed at least 10 members of the country's security forces, officials said Thursday, while a land mine explosion in western Herat province killed two children.
4 civilians die in central Mali after vehicle hits land mine
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's army says at least four people have been killed and several others wounded after their vehicle hit an explosive device in the central Mopti region.
The army said the civilians were returning from a village market Friday afternoon when their vehicle hit a land mine between Kontza and Dera in the West African nation's central region.
Zimbabwe’s new leader describes risky escape after firing
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's new president says he risked gunfire and an hours-long walk amid land mines while escaping a plot to "eliminate" him after Robert Mugabe fired him as his deputy last year.
A state-run Zimbabwe Herald report on Saturday said President Emmerson Mnangagwa revealed the details in remarks to Zimbabweans during an official visit to Angola.
US troops get freeze-dried plasma for battlefield bloodshed
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — All of the U.S. military's special operations fighters now being sent to war zones have freeze-dried blood plasma, a crucial addition to first-aid kits that can prevent badly wounded troops from bleeding to death on the battlefield.
Last month, all Marines Corps' special ops units began carrying freeze-dried plasma into the field. The plasma helps clot blood and can prevent badly wounded troops from bleeding to death on the battlefield.
US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital.
Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said preparations were underway for a formal declaration of the city's liberation.
In March 1975, the United States fled from a protracted war in Vietnam, a war that claimed more than 58,000 Americans and close to 2 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. The U.S. also left behind a devastated landscape, riddled with millions of hard-to-locate land mines and unexploded ordnance; and a once fertile land defoliated by millions of gallons of Agent Orange, a deadly herbicide that causes cancer, neurological damage and birth defects, which not only killed the land but also killed and injured thousands of Vietnamese and American servicemen.
Myanmar accused of laying mines, causing Rohingya injuries
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Myanmar's military has been accused of planting land mines in the path of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in its western Rakhine state, with Amnesty International reporting two people wounded Sunday.
Ongoing Myanmar clashes leave 96 dead, including 6 civilians
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's government and advocates for the country's Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority traded charges Sunday of killing civilians, burning down buildings and planting land mines, as clashes that began last week when insurgents launched attacks against police posts continued.
A look at North Korea’s past bluster and actual attacks
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has a long track record of issuing threats and ultimatums that don't necessary lead to action. Then again, when it does act — often without warning — it can be fatal.
Here's a look at North Korean bluster, and cases where it's believed to have made good on threats, though in most of those cases it has denied carrying out attacks.
Bosnia marks 20 years since Princess Diana’s visit
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia is marking the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's visit, her last overseas tour before she died in a car crash in Paris.
Her crusade against land mines led to her three-day visit to Bosnia from Aug. 9, 1997, during which she met victims who sustained injuries from devices planted during the country's savage civil war in the 1990s.
Afghan de-miners cling to hard but much-needed jobs
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans who scratch out a living by removing some of the country's countless land mines have long had to contend with rugged terrain, accidental explosions and the threat of kidnapping — but these days they face the added risk of being laid off.
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Thursday decried the use of land mines by Yemen's Shiite rebels in the impoverished Arab country at war, saying they have killed and maimed hundreds of civilians and prevented many of the displaced from returning to their homes.
GREENWICH — Imagine a place where every step could end a life because of land mines buried beneath the ground’s surface.
Perry Baltimore III, a retired colonel in the United States Army with 27 years of experience in Afghanistan, Vietnam, Iraq, Rwanda and Somalia, tried to create that sense of place for members of the Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich at its Wednesday gathering.
BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold.
A belt of land mines and militant checkpoints circle the city. Inside, all the men have been ordered to wear the jihadis' garb of baggy pants and long shirts — making it difficult to distinguish Islamic State militants from civilians.
Nobel laureate to give speech, receive award in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — Nobel Prize-winning American human rights activist Jody Williams will speak in Detroit this weekend as part of a lecture series.
Williams gives the Max Mark-Cranbrook Peace Lecture on Sunday at the 2017 Peacemaker Awards. It's being hosted by Wayne State University's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and First Unitarian Universalist Church, and will be held at the church.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Officials planned to close part of Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord early Thursday for removal of what appeared to be a buried land mine.
Officials with JBLM said in a news release said that railroad workers unearthed the old unexploded munition while working on tracks along the interstate Wednesday.
The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit determined the munition to be real, and that it should be removed for detonation.
Maoist attack kills 8 policemen in eastern India
NEW DELHI (AP) — At least eight policemen were killed in a land mine blast suspected to have been carried out by Maoist rebels in their stronghold in eastern India, police said Thursday.
Senior police officer K.B. Singh said another five policemen were injured when their vehicle was blown up late Wednesday in Koraput region, nearly 550 kilometers (345 miles) south of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa state.
The injured have been hospitalized, Singh said Thursday.
Syrian troops take control of water facility from rebels
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government troops gained control of the main water source for Damascus on Saturday, as the military worked to secure it and remove land mines in a major development that caps weeks of fighting with rebels in the area, according to Syrian state TV and opposition media.
Ohio Marine paralyzed in 2005 blast dies after defying odds
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — Marine Sgt. Shurvon Phillip defied the odds for 11 years.
An Iraqi land mine severely injured him in 2005, leaving him paralyzed and unable to speak. According to his mother and guardian, doctors said the reservist would never move again and probably won't live more than a year or two.
But the gung-ho Marine proved them wrong. He learned to type, play video games and brush his teeth. With help, he managed to work out, walk and ride a bike.
Bombs, bribes, mud as Nigeria’s Boko Haram refugees go home
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — First, there was the bomb blast that killed eight people. Then, delays as soldiers demanded bribes to escort the survivors on their journey. Finally, the way was blocked by trucks mired in churned-up mud.
Group: IS land mines killed, wounded dozens in Syrian town
BEIRUT (AP) — Improvised land mines planted by the Islamic State group have killed and wounded hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in a town recently freed of the militants in northern Syria, a leading human rights group said Wednesday.
Ambush kills soldier in Mali; 2nd UN peacekeeper dies
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Malian soldier was killed and two others wounded in an ambush near Timbuktu, an army spokesman said Tuesday, as the United Nations peacekeeping mission said a second peacekeeper had died after an attack in another part of the country's north.
Armed men ambushed the convoy of a state official from Goundam who was wounded in the attack about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Timbuktu, spokesman Col. Souleymane Maiga said.