South Korea: Suspected midrange North Korean missiles fail

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

About 16 military disciplined in Afghanistan hospital attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. official says that about 16 U.S. military personnel, including one general officer, have been disciplined for mistakes that led to the bombing of a civilian hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed 42 people.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

AP EXPLAINS: A look at the Syrian city of Aleppo

As a two-month-old cease-fire collapses and peace talks stall, the northern city of Aleppo is once again a main battlefield in Syria's devastating civil war. More than 60 people have been killed in less than 24 hours in airstrikes and shelling on contested neighborhoods of the city.

A look at Aleppo:

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Biden cites 'serious' progress toward defeating IS in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden, visiting Iraq on Thursday, described progress toward defeating the Islamic State group as "serious" and "committed" despite a crippling political crisis that threatens those gains.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press