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Trump will address Afghan strategy as U.S. commanders hail new force

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, to the right of the podium, is joined by top U.S. and Afghan military leaders for the launch of the Afghan Army�s new special operations corp on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at Camp Morehead, a training base southeast of Kabul.

Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army's new special operations corps, declaring that "we are with you and we will stay with you."

Navy chief orders probe into Pacific fleet after collisions

In this Jan. 22, 2017, photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS John S. McCain conducts a patrol in the South China Sea while supporting security efforts in the region. The guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship on Monday, Aug. 21, in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca.

The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after an early morning collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured.


Guam official says the island is calm despite NKorea threat

The lieutenant governor of Guam reassured Japanese on Monday that the U.S. territory is calm amid the recent tension between the U.S. and North Korea.


US Embassy in Russia stops issuing tourist visas for 8 days

In a step that could affect hundreds of thousands of Russian tourists, the U.S. Embassy in Russia said Monday it would suspend issuing nonimmigrant visas for eight days from Wednesday in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff.


U.S. soldier who ran through minefield to defect to North Korea in 1962 has died

Five decades after a 21-year-old soldier from Richmond, Va., named James Joseph Dresnok sprinted through the Demilitarized Zone and began his new life as a…


Chile court rules in favor of abortion in some cases

Chile's Constitutional Court on Monday upheld a measure that would end the country's absolute ban on abortions.


The Latest: Police: Spain suspects all dead or under arrest

The Latest on the aftermath of the Spain attacks (all times local):


Colombia offers asylum to ousted Venezuela prosecutor

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday offered asylum to Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor, who fled to the country last week.


Hurricane Kenneth a Cat 3 storm far off Mexican coast

Hurricane Kenneth grew rapidly into a monster Category 4 storm, but slipped slightly later Monday off Mexico's Pacific coast. It posed no threat to land, but the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey continued to slog across the Caribbean Sea, threatening to drench parts of Central America.


Turkmenistan creates its 1st animal shelter ahead of games

The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has moved to officially open its first animal shelter as it prepares to host a major international athletic competition next month.


The Latest: Pentagon chief confirms Navy probe of accidents

The Latest on the collision between the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker east of Singapore (all times local):


Fire sweeps across Russian city, dozens of homes destroyed

Russian emergency officials say a massive blaze has swept through the southwestern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, leaving scores of people injured and burning dozens of houses.


Total expands in North Sea with purchase of Maersk Oil

French oil company Total agreed Monday to buy the oil & gas division of Danish conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk for $7.45 billion, in a deal that will see it become the No. 2 operator in the North Sea.


Barcelona fugitive shot dead wearing bomb belt

A man thought to be the driver in the Barcelona van attack was shot dead by Spanish police Monday after authorities announced he also was suspected of killing the owner of a hijacked getaway car. The fugitive was wearing a bomb belt, authorities said.


Putin appoints new Russian ambassador to US

A career Russian diplomat, who gained the reputation of a hawk during his earlier tenure at the Defense Ministry, was named the new ambassador to the United States on Monday.


Ex-Kosovo PM Bajram Rexhepi dies after a stroke at 63

Bajram Rexhepi, Kosovo's former prime minister and interior minister, has died in a hospital in Turkey following a stroke. He was 63.


Romania's coastguard intercepts boat carrying 70 migrants

Romania's coastguard said Monday it has intercepted a fishing boat carrying 70 migrants suspected of trying to illegally enter Romania.


9 UN peacekeepers hurt in Mali by roadside bomb attack

U.N. officials say nine peacekeepers have been wounded when their convoy was hit by a roadside bomb in northern Mali.


Elon Musk warns of killer robots, urges ban before they threaten 'future of human civilization'

Musk has joined more than 100 robotics and artificial intelligence experts to call for a United Nations ban on one of the deadliest forms of such machines: autonomous weapons.