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Russia ready for quick extension of last arms pact with US

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow is ready for a quick deal with the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to extend the last remaining...

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect...

Death toll from violence in Sudan’s West Darfur rises to 83

CAIRO (AP) — The death toll from tribal violence between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur province climbed to at least 83, including...

Moon urges Biden to learn from Trump’s N. Korea diplomacy

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president on Monday urged the incoming Biden administration to build upon the achievements and learn from the...

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect...

Mexico publishes heavily edited probe of exonerated general

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One day after Mexico angered U.S. officials by publishing an entire 751-page U.S. case file against former Defense Secretary Salvador...

US military says its troop removal from Somalia is complete

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. military says its troop withdrawal from Somalia is complete, in one of the last actions of President Donald...

Iran asks watchdog not to publish ‘unnecessary’ nuke details

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran urged the United Nations' nuclear watchdog to avoid publishing “unnecessary” details on Tehran’s nuclear program, state TV reported Sunday,...

Gen. Milley key to military continuity as Biden takes office

WASHINGTON (AP) — In taking charge of a Pentagon battered by leadership churn, the Biden administration will look to one holdover as a source...

FBI searches for armored military vehicle in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI announced a search Saturday for an armored military Humvee that was stolen from a National Guard facility in...

Will Trump’s mishandling of records leave a hole in history?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The public won’t see President Donald Trump’s White House records for years, but there’s growing concern the collection won’t be complete,...

Guard troops pour into Washington as states answer the call

WASHINGTON (AP) — By the busload and planeload, National Guard troops were pouring into the nation's capital on Saturday, as governors answered the urgent...

Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday filled out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of...

Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Saturday launching anti-warship ballistic missiles at a simulated target in the Indian Ocean,...

US calls Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners" early Saturday, a previously unheard...

Trump’s presidency not just a blip in US foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to scrap President Donald Trump’s vision of “America First” in favor of “diplomacy first” will depend on...

Diary shows how quest for love landed Navy vet in Iran jail

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael White's long-anticipated trip to Iran was already a disappointment. The love interest he'd gone to visit had stopped seeing him...

Amazon city scrambles to provide oxygen to COVID-19 patients

SAO PAULO (AP) — Doctors in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city are having to choose which COVID-19 patients can breathe amid dwindling oxygen stocks...

Mexico clears general, publishes US evidence against him

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has accused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of fabricating drug trafficking charges against the...

The Latest: Azar condemns Capitol riot in resignation letter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's impeachment and the fallout from the Jan. 6 attack of the Capitol by pro-Trump...

Public booted from California Senate after threats

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California state Senate closed its session to the public on Friday, a day after two women in attendance made...

Mexico says US ‘fabricated’ charges, releases evidence

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had “fabricated” drug trafficking accusations against...

Pence calls VP-elect Kamala Harris to offer congratulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has called his soon-to-be successor Kamala Harris to offer his congratulations, according to two people familiar with...

Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing...

Pence speaks at memorial service for Yeager in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager was remembered at a memorial service Friday as a hero, legend and friend...

US blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on China

HONG KONG (AP) — The U.S. government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links,...

Federal watchdogs open probe of response to Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal watchdogs launched a sweeping review of how the FBI, the Pentagon and other law enforcement agencies responded to the riot...

No charges in Pennsylvania discarded-ballots case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — No criminal charges will be filed against a former temporary elections worker authorities have said mistakenly discarded nine military ballots...

US shifts command plan to reflect warming Israeli-Arab ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a nod to Israel's increasingly normalized relations with the Arab world, the Pentagon is reorganizing its global command structure to...

Iranian Guard drones in drill mirror those in Saudi attacks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Friday that saw “suicide drones” crash into targets and explode, triangle-shaped...

Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500 by Friday, a...

Russia follows US to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Friday it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities following the U.S. exit from...

N.Korea holds huge military parade as Kim vows nuclear might

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea displayed new submarine-launched ballistic missiles under development and other military hardware in a parade that underlined leader...

AP Interview: Arrested US lawyer says HK courts face choice

HONG KONG (AP) — An American lawyer who became the first foreigner arrested under Hong Kong's national security law said Friday that the courts...

Confirmation hearing postponed for Biden’s intel chief pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — A confirmation hearing for President-elect Joe Biden's pick for national intelligence director has been postponed until next week, according to leaders...

The Latest: Prosecutors: Arkansas man beat cop with flagpole

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's impeachment and the fallout from the Jan. 6 attack of the Capitol by pro-Trump loyalists...

Man pleads guilty after drone hits LAPD helicopter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Hollywood man pleaded guilty Thursday to unsafely operating a drone that hit a Los Angeles police helicopter and forced...

Unions: Passenger rails need better security, no-ride list

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other...

National Guard troops flooding in as Washington locks down

WASHINGTON (AP) — All through downtown Washington, the primary sound for several blocks was the beeping of forklifts unloading more fencing. ...

Jill Biden names director for military families program

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before Joe Biden becomes president, incoming first lady Jill Biden took a step Thursday toward fulfilling a promise to revive...

Deputy defense chief to be temporary acting DOD secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist has been asked to serve as the acting secretary of defense for President-elect Joe Biden until...

Immigration agency leader resigns, only weeks in office

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement resigned Wednesday, only weeks after taking over the agency that detains...

Hong Kong internet firm blocked website over security law

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong internet service provider on Thursday said it had blocked access to a pro-democracy website to comply with...

Lawyer, others arrested by Hong Kong national security unit

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police on Thursday said they arrested 11 people on suspicion of assisting offenders who are believed to be...

Turkey urges ‘review’ of US sanction decision over S-400s

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A top Turkish official is calling on the new U.S. administration to engage in a dialogue with Turkey and to...

Leaders like UK’s Johnson who wooed Trump face tricky reset

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a lot of nice things about Donald Trump over the years, from expressing admiration...

US to block cotton from China region targeted in crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it will halt imports of cotton and tomatoes from the Uighur region of China in...

Mix of extremists who stormed Capitol isn’t retreating

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — As rioters laid siege to the U.S. Capitol, the seat of American democracy became a melting pot of extremist groups:...

US Space Command site to be located in Huntsville, Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that the new U.S. Space Command headquarters will be in Huntsville, Alabama, after the...

Oregon lawmaker faces outcry after state Capitol breach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Sixteen days before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and nearly 2,900 miles away, an eerily similar incident occurred at...

Biden picks Samantha Power, former UN envoy, for US aid post

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he has picked Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack...

Colombia struggles to keep social leaders safe

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Just taking a walk in the streets of Colombia’s capital can feel dangerous for Luz Nelly Santana. ...

World warily watches America’s postelection aftershocks

PARIS (AP) — For America's allies and rivals alike, the chaos unfolding during Donald Trump's final days as president is the logical result of...

NIreland stores see empty shelves as Brexit trade rules bite

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.’s biggest supermarket chains warned Wednesday that food supplies in Northern Ireland face disruption because of new checks imposed by...

Mike Pence to attend WVa ceremony for the late Chuck Yeager

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is coming to West Virginia to attend a public celebration for the late Air Force Brig....

The Latest: House urges Pence to remove Trump from power

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the attack of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): ...

UN official: Terrorists using pandemic to stoke extremism

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. counter-terrorism chief warned Tuesday that terrorists are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and appealing to new “racially, ethnically and...

Schumer calls for speedy confirmation of Biden Cabinet picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that a coronavirus relief bill will be the top priority for his caucus but...

Top military leaders remind troops of limits of free speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid worry about renewed violence on Inauguration Day, the military's top leaders issued a written reminder to all service members Tuesday...

Pompeo hits Iran for al-Qaida support on his way out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused Iran of having secret ties with the al-Qaida network and imposed new sanctions...

Recovered Midwestern bird soars off endangered species list

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The interior least tern, a hardy Midwestern bird that survived a craze for its plumage and dam-building that destroyed...

EU warns Iran enrichment moves could imperil nuclear deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — The official supervising the agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions is warning that Tehran’s decision to ramp up uranium enrichment...

EXPLAINER: Why National Guard’s role was limited during riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, questions are being raised about why the District...

Law enforcement: We’ll be ready for Joe Biden’s inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, they'll be ready. ...

Law enforcement: We’ll be ready for Joe Biden’s inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, they'll be ready. ...

The Latest: No public access to Capitol grounds Jan. 20

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout of the storming of the Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): ...

Trump Homeland Security chief abruptly quits at tense time

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s acting head of the Department of Homeland Security abruptly resigned Monday, leaving the post ahead of schedule as...

Turkey, Greece to resume talks on disputes on Jan 25

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Greece will resume talks aimed at reducing tensions between the neighbors on Jan. 25, Turkish and Greek officials...

Capitol police were overrun, little defense against rioters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite ample warnings about pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington, U.S. Capitol Police did not bolster staffing on Wednesday and made no preparations...

N. Korea’s Kim adds title: General secretary of ruling party

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was given the title of general secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party formerly...

DC mayor pushes for increased security around inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is seeking increased security around President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration in the wake of the mob...

Capitol police were overrun, ‘left naked’ against rioters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite ample warnings about pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington, U.S. Capitol Police did not bolster staffing on Wednesday and made no preparations...

Algeria leader back to Germany for COVID-19-linked treatment

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune returned Sunday to Germany, where he spent two months for treatment of a COVID-19 infection, this...

French minister insists troops didn’t bomb Mali wedding fete

PARIS (AP) — France's defense minister on Sunday denied reports that its fighter jets struck civilians at a wedding party in central Mali a...

What Biden’s Cabinet picks say about how he plans to govern

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden promised that his presidency would mean a return to normalcy. His Cabinet picks help demonstrate how he plans to...

Australia, US, UK, Canada criticize Hong Kong mass arrests

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The foreign ministers of Australia, the United States, Great Britain and Canada issued a joint statement Sunday expressing “serious concern”...

‘Brian did his job’: Family remembers fallen Capitol officer

SOUTH RIVER, N.J. (AP) — From his early days growing up in a New Jersey hamlet, Brian Sicknick wanted to be a police officer. ...

Pelosi’s talk of limits on Trump nuke power raises old worry

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's concern about President Donald Trump potentially ordering the launch of a nuclear weapon in his final days...

N. Korea threatens to build more nukes, cites US hostility

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to expand his nuclear arsenal as he disclosed a list of high-tech...

The Latest: Seattle probes officers about Washington rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout of the storming of the Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): ...

The Latest: 2 Chinese cities urge people to stay at home

BEIJING — Chinese authorities are asking residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp...

US judge blocks Trump administration’s sweeping asylum rules

PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday blocked the Trump administration’s most sweeping set of asylum restrictions less than two weeks before President-elect...

Democrats plan lightning Trump impeachment, want him out now

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings flashing, Democrats in Congress laid plans Friday for swift impeachment of President Donald Trump, demanding decisive, immediate action to ensure...

Pelosi’s talk of limits on Trump nuke power raises old worry

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's concern about President Donald Trump potentially ordering the launch of a nuclear weapon in his final days...

Deadly siege focuses attention on Capitol Police

WASHINGTON (AP) — The police were badly outnumbered. ...

U.S. tops 4,000 daily deaths from coronavirus for 1st time

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. topped 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day for the first time, breaking a record set just one...

Army head says Nat. Guard may be allowed to carry guns in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense leaders are reviewing restrictions on the use of force by National Guard members and could allow troops to carry batons...

Stay or go? After Trump-fueled riot, aides debate early exit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A steady stream of Trump administration officials are beating an early path to the exits as a protest against the deadly...

Hong Kong grants bail to arrested pro-democracy activists

HONG KONG (AP) — Authorities in Hong Kong said Friday they have granted bail to most of the 55 pro-democracy activists who were arrested...

Pakistani court sentences militant leader to 5 years in jail

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Friday convicted and sentenced a senior militant leader to five years in jail in a case...

Indonesian cleric who inspired Bali bombings freed from jail

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A firebrand cleric who inspired bombings in Bali and other attacks walked free from an Indonesian prison Friday after completing...

Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it...

Kim vows to improve ties with outside world at party meeting

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed the need to drastically improve his nation’s ties with the outside world...

Neil Sheehan, Pentagon Papers reporter, Vietnam author, dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Neil Sheehan, a reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who broke the story of the Pentagon Papers for The New York Times...

Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it...

The day my ‘second home,’ the Capitol, was overtaken by mob

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol is my second home. I have been covering the occupants of the building for an absurdly long period...

‘What else could I do?’ NJ Rep. Kim helps clean up Capitol

Water bottles, clothing, Trump flags, even a U.S. flag littered the ground inside the U.S. Capitol after a mob backing President Donald Trump ransacked...

Deal reached on project to protect lakes from invasive fish

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan, Illinois and a federal agency have agreed on funding the next phase of an initiative to keep Asian...

Wong questioned, US lawyer released in Hong Kong crackdown

HONG KONG (AP) — Jailed Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was arrested on a new charge under the national security law on Thursday...

Pakistan arrests 7 Shiite militants, foils possible attacks

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's counter-terrorism police and the country's intelligence agency raided hideouts of an outlawed Shiite militant group in the eastern Punjab...

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