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US general in Afghanistan suggests Russia arming the Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday....

Nearing 100 days, Trump says his presidency is 'different'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions....

Justices weigh defendants' right to own mental health expert
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court seems closely divided about whether an Alabama death row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because he did not have a mental health expert on his side when he was tried and sentenced to death more than 30 years ago....

Dems say Trump can avert shutdown risk if he relents on wall
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a government shutdown next weekend by stepping back from his demand that lawmakers fund his promised border wall with Mexico in a must-pass spending bill, Congress' two top Democrats said Monday....

Trump administration to issue new Syria sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration will issue new sanctions against Syria as early as Monday as part of its ongoing crackdown on the Syrian government and those who support it....

Haley warns NKorea about attacking US base or testing ICBM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States could strike North Korea if it attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile, President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador said Monday....

Trump's Cabinet picks fuel stage drama in London and NY
LONDON (AP) -- Coming soon to the West End and Broadway stage: Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and Scott Pruitt....

Astronaut breaks US space record, gets call from Trump
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the U.S. record Monday for most time in space and talked up Mars during a congratulatory call from President Donald Trump....

Senate set to confirm Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary with bipartisan support....

State Department names former Fox News anchor as spokeswoman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says former Fox News Channel anchor Heather Nauert will be the agency's new spokeswoman....