Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Army moves Bergdahl to outpatient care

San Antonio, Texas

Army moves Bergdahl to outpatient care

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been shifted to outpatient care at a Texas military base, the U.S. Army said in a statement Sunday. Bergdahl, 28, had been receiving inpatient treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston. He is now receiving outpatient care on the base in San Antonio, according to the statement. The Army said his "reintegration process" is proceeding with exposure to more people and a gradual increase in social interaction. The Idaho native was captured in June 2009 and freed by the Taliban on May 31 in a deal struck by the Obama administration in which five senior Taliban officials were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He arrived at the Texas medical center on June 13 after nearly two weeks recuperating at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.

Afghanistan

Candidate says vote was rigged

One of the candidates in Afghanistan's disputed presidential election on Sunday released what his campaign said were recordings of phone calls in which a top election official, other election officials and aides of a rival candidate speak about stuffing ballot boxes and rigging the vote. The release of the recordings is the latest effort by the candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, to cast the election as fraudulent. Since the June 14 runoff election, Abdullah has accused his opponent, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, of colluding with election officials and President Hamid Karzai to steal the presidency. The election commission has said it has no knowledge of the conversations.

Seattle

Friends mourn outdoors writer

Friends on Sunday mourned a well-known outdoors writer and photographer who had been missing for three days in Mount Rainier National Park before searchers said they recovered a body of a woman. The National Park Service said it will be up to the Pierce County medical examiner to confirm that the body found Saturday afternoon was that of 70-year-old Karen Sykes of Seattle. It was discovered in an area where searchers were looking for Sykes, and they ended the three-day rescue effort after finding it.

South Korea

Fugitive soldier fires on troops

A South Korean army sergeant who fled his unit on the border with North Korea after killing five fellow soldiers engaged in a shootout with troops chasing him Sunday, military officials said. His unit brought his parents to the scene, asking them to persuade their son to surrender. South Korean news media reported that an officer was hit in the arm by one of the bullets fired by the fugitive soldier.

California

U.S. hits target in missile test

The U.S. military intercepted a target over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday in a test of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System. A long-range interceptor blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast, minutes after an intermediate-range ballistic missile was launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, the Missile Defense Agency said in a statement. Sailors aboard the USS Hopper destroyer detected and tracked the missile, and the interceptor struck the target warhead. It was the 65th successful intercept since 2001 for the system.

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