Military and defense

May 05, 2017 - 9:45 pm
BRANCHBURG, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump signed his first piece of major legislation on Friday, a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through September. The bill cleared both houses of Congress this week and Trump signed it into law behind closed doors at his home in...
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FILE – In this April 9, 2013, file photo, state Tennessee Sen. Mark Green participates in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Green, President Donald Trump's pick for Army secretary isn’t fit to lead the service, a senator wounded in combat said Friday as scrutiny over the nomination intensified. Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who lost her legs and partial use of her right arm during the Iraq war, said she’s opposing Green’s nomination over his insensitive remarks and attitudes toward LGBT Americans and Muslims. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)
May 05, 2017 - 4:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination on Friday in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Mark Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee, said in a statement...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2009 file photo, al-Shabab fighters sit on a truck as they patrol in Mogadishu, Somalia. The U.S. military said Friday, May 5, 2017 that a service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab as the United States steps up its fight against the al-Qaida-linked organization. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor, File)
May 05, 2017 - 12:53 pm
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab — the first U.S. combat death there in more than two decades — as the United States steps up its fight against the al-Qaida-linked organization in a country that...
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This photo provided by Azaz Media Office, a Syrian anti-government activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens and civil defense workers gathering next of burning car at the explosion scene, in Azaz town, north Syria, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Syrian activists say a large explosion in a northern town along the border with Turkey has killed and wounded several people. (Azaz Media Office via AP)
May 05, 2017 - 12:05 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian plan to establish "de-escalation zones" in Syria is to go into effect at midnight on Friday, but it will be at least another month until the safe areas are established, according to Russian officials Also, prospects for the success of the deal — agreed on by Russia, Turkey...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after a news conference following their talks in Putin's residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The presidents of Russia and Turkey are holding talks on the situation in Syria and also the restoration of full economic ties between their two countries. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
May 05, 2017 - 11:16 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments regarding Syria (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The Pentagon says the de-escalation agreement will not affect the U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria. Marine Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, said on Friday that...
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May 05, 2017 - 11:10 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A turncoat assassin sent to North Korea armed with "nano poison" to kill leader Kim Jong Un? It's only the latest in a string of odd, as-yet-unproven accusations over the years that a proud, highly sensitive North Korea has leveled at its U.S and South Korean rivals. From...
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A Pakistani victim of cross border firing rests at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, May 5, 2017. Afghan security forces backed by artillery fired without provocation on Pakistani census workers and soldiers escorting them near the Afghan border, killing many civilians and wounding others, who included women and children, Pakistani army and government officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
May 05, 2017 - 11:01 am
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Backed by artillery, Afghan security forces fired across the border on Pakistani census workers and troops escorting them on Friday, killing nine and drawing a response from the military, Pakistan said. On the Afghan side, officials reported six killed in the incident, a...
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 15, 2017, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. North Korea has accused the U.S. and South Korean spy agencies of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on leader Kim Jong Un involving bio-chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
May 05, 2017 - 9:20 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday accused the U.S. and South Korean spy agencies of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on leader Kim Jong Un involving bio-chemical weapons. In a statement carried on state media, North Korea's Ministry of State Security said it will "ferret out and...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 4, 2017 file photo, South Korean presidential candidate Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party greets supporters during an election campaign in Goyang, South Korea. For South Koreans living next door to a hostile, nuclear-armed state that regularly threatens their annihilation, their vote in Tuesday’s presidential election likely will be based in part on each candidate’s plan for how to handle North Korea. The North Korea conundrum is a perpetual foreign policy headache for South Korea’s leaders and one that is impacting the presidential race in several ways. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
May 05, 2017 - 8:01 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For South Koreans living next door to a hostile, nuclear-armed state that regularly threatens their annihilation, their vote in Tuesday's presidential election likely will be based in part on each candidate's plan for how to handle North Korea. The North Korea conundrum is...
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A Pakistani victim of cross border firing rests at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, May 5, 2017. Afghan security forces backed by artillery fired without provocation on Pakistani census workers and soldiers escorting them near the Afghan border, killing many civilians and wounding others, who included women and children, Pakistani army and government officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
May 05, 2017 - 7:25 am
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Backed by artillery, Afghan security forces fired across the border on Pakistani census workers and troops escorting them, killing nine civilians and wounding 42, including women and children, Pakistani officials said Friday. The Pakistani government and military officials...
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