• Army Gen. Joseph Votel speaks to reporters Saturday, May 21, 2016 during a secret trip to Syria. Votel said he is encouraged by progress in building local Syrian Arab and Kurdish forces to fight the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

    Top US commander makes secret visit to Syria

    NORTHERN SYRIA (AP) — On a secret trip to Syria, the new commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Saturday he felt a moral obligation to enter a war zone to check on his troops and make his own assessment of progress in organizing local Arab and Kurd fighters for what has been a slow campaign to push the Islamic State out of Syria.

  • In this March 7, 2016 file photo, Joe Biden, the U.S. Vice President talks to the U.S. military personnel at an Air Base in United Arab Emirates. Biden is set to deliver the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy’s class of 2016. The graduation ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Michie Stadium on the West Point grounds along the Hudson River 50 miles north of New York City.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    Vice President Biden gives West Point commencement speech

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden told the U.S. Military Academy’s class of 2016 on Saturday that greater diversity, including more women and openly gay soldiers, will strengthen the country’s armed forces.

  • In this April 14, 2016 file photo, a drone operated captures videos and still images of an apartment building in Philadelphia. A panel of privacy experts and technology companies organized by the Obama administration has issued guidelines for using drones without being overly intrusive. The suggestions are voluntary, but some business interests involved in the debate hope the guidelines head off tougher regulations that they fear could smother the drone industry in its infancy. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Privacy fears: Panel has advice for drone operators

    DALLAS (AP) — A panel of privacy experts and technology companies organized by the Obama administration has issued guidelines for using drones without being overly intrusive.

  • Army Gen. Joseph Votel speaks to reporters at a base in Taji, Iraq, Friday, May 20, 2016, where Iraqi soldiers are being trained by Australian and New Zealand military forces. Bolstered by U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi ground forces have recaptured the western town of Rutba after Islamic State fighters who had occupied the town for nearly two years fled or put up only light resistance, U.S. military officers said Friday, May 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

    US says Iraqi forces have retaken western town of Rutba

    TAJI, Iraq (AP) — The top American general for the Middle East said Friday he is confident that Iraq is on course to defeating the Islamic State, but his words were spare and cautious, his tone notably muted.

  • In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, speaks with Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon during a ceremony for new Israeli Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem. Yaalon announced his resignation Friday, May 20, 2016, citing a lack of 'trust' in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reports over the past few days indicate that Netanyahu intends to appoint former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to the post.  (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

    Israel defense minister quits, warns of “extremist” takeover

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister announced his resignation on Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by “extremist and dangerous elements” and that he no longer trusted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following reports that he was to be replaced.

  • Pakistani police kill 14 alleged al-Qaida militants

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police acting on intelligence killed 14 al-Qaida members and other militants in two separate shootouts in central Pakistan, authorities said Friday.

  • The Imam of al Thawrah Mosque, Samir Abdel Bary, gives condolences to film director Osman Abu Laban, center, who lost four relatives, all victims of Thursday's EgyptAir plane crash, following prayers for the dead, at al Thawrah Mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 20, 2016. The Airbus A320 plane was flying from Paris to Cairo when it disappeared early Thursday over the sea. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egypt army says plane wreckage found near Alexandria

    CAIRO (AP) — Search crews found floating human remains, luggage and seats from the doomed EgyptAir jetliner Friday but face a potentially more complex task in locating bigger pieces of wreckage and the black boxes vital to determining why the plane plunged into the Mediterranean.

  • FILE- In this May 29, 2014, file photo, Thai soldiers guard an area to prevent an anti-coup demonstration at Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand. In the early evening of May 22, 2014, all TV screens in Thailand turned blue and up flashed an army emblem. That was the first sign of change. Suddenly, the country's army commander appeared on-screen to say that he was now in charge. Without firing a shot or spilling any blood, the military had staged its second coup in eight years _ and its 12th since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn, File)

    Voices from Thailand: Reflections on 2-year coup anniversary

    BANGKOK (AP) — In the early evening of May 22, 2014, all TV screens in Thailand turned blue and up flashed an army emblem. That was the first sign of change. Suddenly, the country’s army commander appeared to say he was now in charge.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: NFL returns money used to honor troops

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican senators said Thursday that they’ve scored a touchdown for taxpayers after the National Football League informed them that it is refunding more than $700,000 paid by the Defense Department to NFL clubs to honor military service members at league games and events.

  • 19 companies show interest in running Sandia National Lab

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As the National Nuclear Security Administration formally opens the bidding process for a contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories, 19 organizations from around the country have expressed interest.