Military and defense

President Donald Trump speaks at the Veteran's of Foreign Wars national convention Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 24, 2018 - 12:38 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump tempered his threatening rhetoric toward Iran Tuesday, two days after he sent an all-caps warning of future conflict. Addressing the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Trump took credit for pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear...
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter to take a question as she speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 24, 2018 - 10:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and security clearances (all times local): 11:10 a.m. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed President Donald Trump's plan to revoke security clearances from top former national security officials as just a mild form of "trolling," rather than a...
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Student Delany Tarr from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, completes the planting of a tree at Halswell Quarry Park Conservation Area on the outskirts of Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The 28 students who survived the Feb. 14, 2018, mass-shooting at the Florida school are visiting New Zealand to learn more about sustaining youth movements. After planting the native totara trees on Tuesday, they recounted memories of their former classmates and teachers in a ceremony that brought many to tears. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
July 24, 2018 - 8:46 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Delaney Tarr says Valentine's Day was supposed to be a time to celebrate beauty and love but instead turned into a day of fear when a gunman attacked her Florida school. But now she's finding inspiration among others who overcame heartbreak half a world away. The 18...
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In this Saturday, July 21, 2018, photo, children watch a robot picking soft drink at a vending machine in the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing. With U.S. President Donald Trump intensifying his rift with U.S. trading partners, economists are growing more doubtful that any deal that might benefit American workers and companies may be in sight. Instead, many analysts say they expect the Trump administration to impose increasingly more tariffs on China, Europe and other key U.S. trading partners. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
July 24, 2018 - 5:41 am
LONDON (AP) — The British government plans to expand its powers to block takeovers by foreign companies that pose national security concerns. Proposals unveiled Tuesday would allow the government to review deals in a wide variety of industries in which a foreign buyer acquires as little as 25...
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July 24, 2018 - 3:37 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it is partially reopening its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip after Hamas hostilities subsided. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Tuesday Israel will resume transferring gas and fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing in addition to the food and essential...
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A TV screen shows a satellite image of North Korea's Sohae launch site, during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Kore, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. A U.S. research group says North Korea has started dismantling key facilities at its main satellite launch site in what appears to be a step toward fulfilling a commitment made by leader Kim Jong Un at his summit with President Donald Trump in June. The signs read: "North Korea begins dismantling satellite launch site." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 23, 2018 - 11:50 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A U.S. research group says North Korea has started dismantling key facilities at its main satellite launch site in what appears to be a step toward fulfilling a commitment made by leader Kim Jong Un at his summit with President Donald Trump in June. An official from South...
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 23, 2018 - 11:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of six former top national security officials who have been critical of his administration, a move that opponents and experts say would be an unprecedented politicization of the clearance process. White House...
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 23, 2018 - 7:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of six former top national security officials who have been critical of his administration, a move that opponents and experts say would be an unprecedented politicization of the clearance process. White House...
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FILE - In a Wednesday, June 27, 2018 file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie is sworn in at the start of a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Wilkie is expected to become secretary of Veterans Affairs when the Senate votes Monday, July 23 to confirm him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
July 23, 2018 - 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, charged with delivering on President Donald Trump's campaign promises to fire bad VA employees and steer more patients to the private sector. Wilkie won approval on a bipartisan...
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FILE - In a Wednesday, June 27, 2018 file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie is sworn in at the start of a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Wilkie is expected to become secretary of Veterans Affairs when the Senate votes Monday, July 23 to confirm him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
July 23, 2018 - 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation vote of Robert Wilkie, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Veterans Affairs secretary (all times local): 5:09 p.m. The Senate has confirmed Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to be secretary of Veterans Affairs. The vote Monday was 86-9. He'll...
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