Military and defense

July 10, 2019 - 11:37 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's government gave the go-ahead Wednesday for the purchase of eight new F-16 fighters in a bid to replace its aging Soviet-built jets and bring its air force in line with NATO standards. The decision for the biggest military purchase in post-Communist Bulgaria still...
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French presidential envoy Emmanuel Bonne, left, is welcomed by Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani for a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
July 10, 2019 - 10:59 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 7:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is threatening to ratchet up sanctions on Iran and again denounced the 2015 nuclear deal Iran signed with world powers. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal, which offered...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of Finland Antti Rinne listen to the national anthems at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Merkel's body shook visibly as she stood alongside the Finnish prime minister and listen to the national anthems during the welcoming ceremony at the chancellery. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
July 10, 2019 - 8:20 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's body shook visibly at a public event for the third time in less than a month on Wednesday, but the longtime leader insisted that there's nothing to worry about. Merkel shook as she stood at a military honors ceremony alongside Finnish Prime Minister...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2019, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles and talks reporters before a meeting at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand. The leader of Thailand's military government has revoked a number of special executive legal orders and vowed to stop issuing more as he prepares to lead the next elected civilian government. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
July 10, 2019 - 8:12 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday officially named his new Cabinet, a mix of members of the military government he headed after leading a 2014 coup and key politicians who helped him assemble a majority in the House of Representatives after March elections. Prayuth...
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Germany's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is welcomed by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel prior to a meeting at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Monday July 8, 2019. Germany's Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated to become the next president of the European Commission, while Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has been appointed to take over as president of the European Council. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
July 10, 2019 - 7:31 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The German candidate for European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday she would put the respect for the rule of law and a progressive climate policy at the heart of her program over the next five years. The German defense minister was being grilled by...
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In this Saturday, June 29, 2019 photo, U.S. made Javelin anti-tank missile is displayed in Tripoli, Libya, after being captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA). France's Defense Ministry acknowledged that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military. A statement Wednesday, July 10, 2019, said the missiles were originally intended to protect French anti-terrorism forces in Libya and so did not violate an arms embargo. It says they were damaged and no longer operational, and were put into storage for destruction. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)
July 10, 2019 - 6:52 am
PARIS (AP) — France's Defense Ministry acknowledged Wednesday that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military. A statement said the missiles were originally intended to protect French anti-terrorism forces in Libya and so did not violate an...
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Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper waits for the arrival of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 09, 2019 - 10:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper is expected to soon be formally nominated to lead the Pentagon, setting off a complicated leadership replacement shuffle at the highest levels of the Pentagon and the military services. Eric Chewning, Esper's chief of staff, told reporters...
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A visitor takes a photo of a crack on the ground following recent earthquakes Sunday, July 7, 2019, outside of Ridgecrest, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 09, 2019 - 9:18 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sprawling Navy base in the Southern California desert is still closed to nonessential personnel Tuesday as the military works to determine the damage from two powerful earthquakes last week. Teams have so far surveyed just 10% of the 1,200 facilities at Naval Air Weapons...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2019, file photo, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., takes his seat for a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Judiciary Committee is moving to authorize subpoenas for several people tied to special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including President Donald Trump's son in law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
July 09, 2019 - 8:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is moving to authorize subpoenas for several people tied to special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including President Donald Trump's son in law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The resolution coming up for a vote Thursday...
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A group of asylum seekers cross the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
July 09, 2019 - 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security says there was a 28% drop in the number of migrants encountered by Customs and Border Protection at the U.S.-Mexico border last month. There were 104,344 people encountered in June, down from 144,278 the month before. May saw a record high number of families...
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