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The US says the end of its pier for Gaza aid is coming soon

Jul. 11, 2024 20:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling rough seas around Gaza, the U.S. now is considering abandoning efforts to reinstall the pier that has been used to get badly needed humanitarian aid to starving Palestinians, two U.S. officials said Thursday. The initial plan earlier this week had been to...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jul. 11, 2024 00:26 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 27 The Washington Post on how the Pentagon can avoid stumbling As disinformation and misinformation become major tools of global conflict, democracies need to decide when and how they...

Mexico's efforts to seize US-bound fentanyl drop sharply, while seizures of meth soar

Jul. 09, 2024 14:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Even as Mexican-made fentanyl continues to flood into the United States, Mexico’s efforts to seize the drug have declined dramatically, according to figures released Tuesday by the Defense Department. Figures for the first half of 2024 show that Mexican federal...

New Sentinel nuclear weapons program is 81% over budget. But Pentagon says it must go forward

Jul. 09, 2024 12:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Sentinel nuclear weapons program is 81% over budget and is now estimated to cost nearly $141 billion, but the Pentagon is moving forward with the program, saying that given the threats from China and Russia it does not have a choice. The Northrop Grumman...

FACT FOCUS: Trump's misleading claims about the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol

Jul. 05, 2024 00:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump said during his debate with President Joe Biden last week that the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol involved a “relatively small” group of people who were “in many cases ushered in by the police.” But that’s not what...

Flying objects and shrunken heads: World UFO Day feted amid surge in sightings, government denials

Jul. 02, 2024 16:36 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For those of you who don't celebrate World UFO Day, consider this: A former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer told Congress last summer about a government program that retrieves and reverse engineers unidentified flying objects. The Mexican...

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...

How troops convicted under a gay sex ban can apply for a pardon from Biden. Will benefits follow?

Jun. 26, 2024 15:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that troops who were convicted under an old military policy criminalizing consensual gay sex would receive full pardons — a move that could restore their discharges from military service to an honorable status and pave the way for...

Ukraine may fire US-provided missiles into Russia wherever it is coming under attack, Pentagon says

Jun. 21, 2024 11:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukraine’s military is allowed to use longer-range missiles provided by the U.S. to strike targets inside Russia across more than just the front lines near Kharkiv if it is acting in self-defense, the Pentagon said. President Joe Biden initially loosened the...

NATO approves a plan to speed security aid and training to Ukraine's beleaguered armed forces

Jun. 14, 2024 09:00 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers on Friday approved a plan to provide reliable long-term security aid and military training for Ukraine after delays in Western deliveries of funds, arms and ammunition helped invading Russian forces to seize the initiative on the battlefield. ...