Military and defense

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis welcomes Vice President Mike Pence to the Pentagon, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 19, 2018 - 10:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will withdraw all of the approximately 2,000 American troops in Syria, according to a U.S. official, as the White House declared victory Wednesday in the mission to defeat Islamic State militants there. Planning for the pullout has begun and troops will...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the assistant Democratic leader, talks to reporters about the possibility of a partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Congress and President Donald Trump continue to bicker over his demand that lawmakers fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 19, 2018 - 10:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fight over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and a potential partial government shutdown (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says it's good news that President Donald Trump has apparently retreated from his demand that...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, right, arrives to speak to reporters about the possibility of a partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Congress and President Donald Trump continue to bicker over his demand that lawmakers fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 19, 2018 - 9:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will take up a short-term measure Wednesday to fund the federal government through Feb. 8, a move that eases the risk of a shutdown and comes only after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for border wall funds...
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In this photo released by Inter Services Public Relations of Pakistan's military, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, talks with Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa during a meeting in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Khalilzad's meeting with Pakistan's powerful army chief Bajwa was presumably to brief him on the talks with the Taliban, which Pakistan helped orchestrate by getting the Taliban to the UAE. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP)
December 19, 2018 - 9:26 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The latest talks between the Taliban and a U.S. peace envoy on the war in Afghanistan focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces, a Taliban spokesman said Wednesday. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who...
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December 19, 2018 - 8:57 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A former Bosnian army commander pleaded not guilty to charges of war crimes against civilians and prisoners of war during the country's brutal 1992-95 war. Atif Dudakovic appeared before the Bosnian court on Wednesday. Fifteen others indicted with Dudakovic also...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)
December 19, 2018 - 7:16 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister Wednesday called on the U.N. Security Council to condemn "wanton acts of aggression" by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, designate it a terrorist organization and heighten sanctions on it over attack tunnels it has dug into Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, Tumso Abdurakhmanov, the 32-year-old Chechen video blogger, holds a letter from Interpol during an interview with The Associated Press somewhere in Poland. Abdurakhmanov, a critic of the Chechen ruler, faces deportation from Poland as European nations become increasingly wary of sheltering refugees from Chechnya. (AP Photo/Francesca Ebel)
December 19, 2018 - 4:19 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A gravelly voice rings out from the phone's loudspeaker: "Aren't you scared of me?" The man on the screen, 32-year-old Chechen video blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov, frowns. "I'm not scared of people like you," he says, looking into the camera. "But you people are cruel, so I'm always on...
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December 19, 2018 - 4:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say customs officials have arrested a Russian man on suspicion of exporting goods suitable for missile construction to "military recipients" in his home country. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday the 68-year-old man, identified only as Vladimir D. because of German...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, photo, two layers of barbed wire fencing ring the "Hotan City apparel employment training base" where Hetian Taida has a factory in Hotan in western China's Xinjiang region. This is one of a growing number of internment camps in the Xinjiang region, where by some estimates 1 million Muslims are detained, forced to give up their language and their religion and subject to political indoctrination. Now, the Chinese government is also forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries. Some of them are within the internment camps; others are privately owned, state-subsidized factories where detainees are sent once they are released. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
December 19, 2018 - 4:04 am
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. government said Tuesday that it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese internment camp where ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been shipped to the U.S. market. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that reporting by The Associated...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, right, arrives to speak to reporters about the possibility of a partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Congress and President Donald Trump continue to bicker over his demand that lawmakers fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 18, 2018 - 8:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on negotiations over funding President Donald Trump wants for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and the possibility of a partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:10 p.m. President Donald Trump and leaders in Congress appear to be pulling back from a government shutdown...
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