Military and defense

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, left, and Italian Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini take part in a joint press conference on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
January 31, 2020 - 4:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday canceled an Obama-era prohibition on the use of anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean peninsula. With potential future conflict with China and Russia in mind, the new policy specified no geographic limits on landmine use, declaring that...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens to questions during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City. Shortly before taking office Lopez Obrador decided to create an army of volunteers dubbed the “servants of the nation,” to canvass people who receive government benefits collecting their personal information in part to see if they might be eligible for yet more help from various programs promised during the campaign for the likes of farmers, the disabled, unemployed youth and the elderly. The effort alarmed opposition political parties who saw it as an attempt to illegally use public funds to promote López Obrador and his leftist Morena party. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
January 31, 2020 - 1:35 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday that he expects more caravans of Central American migrants and asylum seekers to emerge, but he sees the phenomenon which became a political football in the United States in recent years as waning. A week after armored National...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, left, and Metropolitan Epifaniy, head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, take part in a ceremony at the memorial to Ukrainian soldiers, who were killed in a recent conflict in the country's eastern regions, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday Jan. 31, 2020. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opened a visit to Ukraine on Friday facing a delicate balancing act as he tries to boost ties with a critical ally at the heart of the impeachment trial while not providing fodder for Democrats seeking to oust President Donald Trump. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP)
January 31, 2020 - 10:54 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As the Senate lurched toward a vote to acquit President Donald Trump on impeachment charges, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo played clean-up in the country at the center of the inquiry on Friday. Visiting the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, Pompeo denied the main allegations that...
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A student wears a protective face mask in during class at the Dinh Cong secondary school in Hanoi, Vietnam on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The authorities have advised students to wear masks to school, a day after Vietnam confirmed three more cases of the new virus. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
January 31, 2020 - 6:12 am
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local): 7 p.m. Singapore will bar all visitors from China, becoming the first Southeast Asian nation to tighten border controls to stop the spread of a new virus. The health ministry says from Saturday, all Chinese...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2018 file photo, a resident arrives to cast her vote at a polling station at the Kennebunk Town Hall in Kennebunk, Maine. State election officials from around the country are gathering in Washington for training sessions and meetings with presidential nominating contests set to begin next week. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
January 30, 2020 - 6:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When state election officials gathered ahead of the last presidential election, major topics were voter registration, identity theft and ballot design. This year, the main theme is election security. The change since 2016 underscores how election security has become a top concern...
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January 30, 2020 - 4:44 pm
CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — A portion of border wall being built in California toppled in strong winds, falling on a busy street on the Mexican side, authorities said Thursday. No one was injured. Concrete had not yet dried on several panels of steel poles topped with metal plates, which fell Wednesday...
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Ivanka Trump, left, the daughter and assistant to President Donald Trump, talks with Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, talk before an event with President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, to announce the Trump administration's much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 30, 2020 - 2:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that it will continue — at least for now — its policy of not sanctioning foreign companies that work with Iran's civilian nuclear program. But to signal that its pressure campaign against Tehran continues, Treasury announced new sanctions...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 file photo taken from a helicopter shows Ain al-Asad air base in the western Anbar desert, Iraq. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)
January 30, 2020 - 12:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has asked Iraq for permission to put Patriot missile systems at bases hosting U.S. troops to improve defenses against attacks like the Jan. 8 Iranian missile strike that caused brain injuries to more than 50 U.S. troops, Pentagon officials said Thursday. “That is...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, Iranian bombing caused a crater at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles, in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed atop Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The Pentagon now says 50 service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury caused by the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on an air base in Iraq where U.S. and coalition troops had taken cover in advance. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)
January 30, 2020 - 12:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The spotlight on brain injuries suffered by American troops in Iraq this month is an example of America's episodic attention to this invisible war wound, which has affected hundreds of thousands over the past two decades but is not yet fully understood. Unlike physical wounds,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. The Justice Department says it will not oppose probation for former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 29, 2020 - 10:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that it would not oppose probation for former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn — a more lenient stance than prosecutors took earlier this month, when they said he deserved prison time. The latest sentencing filing...
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