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NATO agrees to take on coordination of some Ukraine security support. How that will work

Jul. 11, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NATO has agreed to launch a new program to provide reliable military aid and training to Ukraine and help it get ready to join the alliance. The plan will supplement, but not replace, the two-year-old Ukraine Defense Contact Group, which was created by U.S....

Navy sailor disciplined for trying to access Biden's health records early this year

Jul. 09, 2024 20:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy sailor tried to access President Joe Biden's medical records early this year, but the Pentagon said no information was compromised. According to the Navy, a sailor assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command searched for the name “Joseph...

Defense Secretary Austin says the US will provide $2.3 billion more in military aid to Ukraine

Jul. 02, 2024 11:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Tuesday that the U.S. will soon announce an additional $2.3 billion in security assistance for Ukraine, to include anti-tank weapons, interceptors and munitions for Patriot and other air defense systems. Austin's remarks came...

US and Europe warn Lebanon's Hezbollah to ease strikes on Israel and back off from wider Mideast war

Jun. 29, 2024 20:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S., European and Arab mediators are pressing to keep stepped-up cross-border attacks between Israel and Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah militants from spiraling into a wider Middle East war that the world has feared for months. Iran and Israel traded threats Saturday of what...

Russia keeps up pressure on the front line as Ukraine gets a boost from Western military aid

Jun. 25, 2024 21:33 PM EDT

DONETSK REGION, Ukraine (AP) — Relentless Russian attacks on Ukrainian positions defending the strategically important eastern town of Chasiv Yar are disrupting troop rotations and the delivery of some supplies, soldiers in the area say. Russian troops are seeking to press their...

Senior Blinken aide is taking a top job with Austin after Senate confirmation holdup

Jun. 24, 2024 10:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Monday that one of his most senior aides is leaving for a top job with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and will be replaced by a brother of President Joe Biden’s national security adviser. State Department counselor...

An Israel offensive into Lebanon risks an Iranian military response, top US military leader says

Jun. 23, 2024 21:11 PM EDT

ESPARGOS, Cape Verde (AP) — The top U.S. military officer warned on Sunday that any Israeli military offensive into Lebanon would risk an Iranian response in defense of the powerful Hezbollah militant group there, triggering a broader war that could put U.S. forces in the region in danger. ...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 07, 2024 11:35 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. ___ Video edited to make it appear Biden...

US defense secretary meets Cambodian officials to push for stronger ties with Chinese ally

Jun. 04, 2024 10:11 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Cambodian officials on Tuesday to discuss a possible resumption of joint military exercises, suggesting the beginning of a thaw in relations between the countries that have been strained over Cambodia's growing closeness...

Chinese defense minister accuses US of causing friction with its support for Taiwan and Philippines

Jun. 01, 2024 23:17 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — China's defense minister on Sunday acknowledged the importance of newly renewed military-to-military communications with the United States as tensions escalate in the Asia-Pacific, while at the same time accusing Washington of causing the friction with its support for Taiwan and...