Pentagon chief: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

Top US, Iranian nuke officials joining Iran talks

GENEVA (AP) — Top nuclear officials of Iran and the United States joined seven-nation talks Saturday in a move that may help resolve technical disputes standing it the way of a deal meant to curb Tehran's atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.

  • Written by GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

Russian conscripts tell of fears of being sent to Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — When Alexander was due to finish his year of mandatory military service in October, his commander told him he had no choice: He had to sign a contract to extend his stay in the army and head to southern Russia for troop exercises.

  • Written by LAURA MILLS, Associated Press

Former Yemen president flees capital after rebels let him go

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's former president left the capital after Shiite rebels who surrounded his house let him go under international and local pressure, aides close to him said Saturday.

  • Written by AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press