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Esper is sworn in as defense secretary to succeed Mattis

Jul. 23, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took seven months, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday finally got a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense to succeed Jim Mattis. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, won Senate confirmation by a vote of 90-8 and was sworn in at the White House by Supreme...

Boris Johnson chosen as new UK leader, now faces Brexit test

Jul. 23, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson, Britain's blustering Brexit campaigner, was chosen as the U.K.'s next prime minister on Tuesday, with a resounding mandate from the Conservative Party but conflicting demands from a politically divided country. Johnson is set to become prime minister on Wednesday after winning...

The Latest: Esper sworn in as new secretary of defense

Jul. 23, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the confirmation of Mark Esper as defense secretary (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Mark Esper has been sworn in as the next U.S. defense secretary, ending the longest period in Pentagon history that it has gone without a confirmed leader. President Donald Trump said Tuesday...

Poet dropped for laureate job says criticism of poem 'silly'

Jul. 20, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The man whose nomination to become New Hampshire's next poet laureate was withdrawn amid growing criticism of a sexually suggestive poem about former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says he doubts people have even read it. Daniel Thomas Moran said Saturday via email that the 2005...

Labor nominee Scalia has long record of opposing regulations

Jul. 19, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eugene Scalia has a decades-long record of challenging Labor Department and other federal regulations, as well as a famous last name. The combination proved irresistible to President Donald Trump. Trump selected Scalia Thursday to be his new labor secretary. If formally nominated and...

Kosovo PM resigns following Hague war crimes court summons

Jul. 19, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister resigned Friday after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Ramush Haradinaj said he agreed to be interviewed at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers next week and...

Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia for labor secretary

Jul. 18, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will nominate lawyer Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be his new labor secretary. Trump tweeted the news Thursday evening, less than a week after his previous secretary, Alexander Acosta, resigned...

President Trump says he will nominate Gene Scalia, son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for Labor Secretary

Jul. 18, 2019 8:28 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump says he will nominate Gene Scalia, son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for Labor Secretary.

Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document

Jul. 17, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document early Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers. The signing ceremony held in the...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

Jul. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they have...