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Veterans group: Pentagon broke agreement to reopen database

Feb. 18, 2020 4:25 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Pentagon has reneged on its agreement to reopen a vast records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Tuesday. The National Veterans Legal Services Program said the Defense Department has failed to make public...

Draft report confirms some claims about ex-war college head

Feb. 18, 2020 2:20 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A draft of a naval inspector general report found that several claims involving a retired senior officer who was removed as president of the U.S. Naval War College could be substantiated, though the report does not recommend further punishment, according to The Providence Journal....

Aussie court says police raid legal, raising secrecy fears

Feb. 16, 2020 11:38 PM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The Australian Federal Court ruled Monday that a police raid last year on the country’s national broadcaster was legal, prompting fears of increasing secrecy in Australia's institutions. The Australian Federal Police raided the state-backed Australian Broadcasting...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. Vindman was escorted out of the White House complex on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, according to his lawyer. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Army: No investigation into Vindman

Feb. 14, 2020 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Friday there is no investigation into the Army officer who until last week worked at the White House National Security Council and was a key witness in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. McCarthy said Lt. Col. Alex Vindman has been moved...

Defendant David McBride talks to the media before his court appearance in Canberra, Australia, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. His lawyer Bernard Collaery is charged with conspiring to reveal classified information that expose a diplomatic scandal and McBride is charged with leaking secret documents alleging military misconduct in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Whistleblower lawyer represents whistleblower in Australia

Feb. 14, 2020 2:16 AM EST

CANBERRA, Ausrtralia (AP) — A lawyer charged with conspiring to reveal classified information to expose a diplomatic scandal appeared in a Canberra court on Friday representing another alleged whistleblower charged with leaking secret documents alleging military misconduct in Afghanistan. The lawyer,...

FILE - In this June 27, 2018 file photo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, right, leans in to talk with President Donald Trump during Trump's meeting with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.  Kelly is defending former White House national security aide, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who raised concerns about President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president that spurred his impeachment. Kelly made the comments at a public forum Wednesday evening in Morristown, New Jersey.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump slams ex-adviser who defended key impeachment witness

Feb. 13, 2020 6:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out against former White House chief of staff John Kelly for being disloyal after he came to the defense of a former national security aide who offered key testimony in the impeachment inquiry. The president's comments came after Kelly defended...

FILE - This March 27, 2008, aerial file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. A Federal court has ordered the Pentagon to temporarily halt work with Microsoft on its $10 billion military cloud contract, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, after Amazon sued alleging that President Donald Trump's bias against the company hurt its chances to win the project.  Amazon requested the court issue the injunction last month. Both the documents requesting the block and the judge's decision to issue the temporary injunction are sealed by the court.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

In win for Amazon, judge freezes work on Pentagon contract

Feb. 13, 2020 6:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered a temporary halt of Microsoft's work on a $10 billion military cloud contract, a win for Amazon, which sued the U.S. government last year for awarding the contract to its rival. Amazon's lawsuit, filed in November, alleged that President Donald Trump's...

German accused of delivering machinery to Russian military

Feb. 13, 2020 4:01 AM EST

A German businessman has been arrested on suspicion of delivering machinery to the Russian military in violation of European Union sanctions against the country, prosecutors said Thursday. The suspect, the boss of a company based in southern Germany who was identified only as Alexander S. in line with German...

New Mexico delegates demand help to clean contaminated water

Feb. 12, 2020 6:12 PM EST

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation on Wednesday demanded the U.S. Defense Department help with drinking water cleanup in eastern New Mexico after traces of a cancer-causing pollutant were found in some wells. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with U.S. Rep....

The League leader Matteo Salvini attends a debate at Senate, prior to a vote on lifting his parliamentary immunity, on the case of an Italian coast guard ship Gregoretti, which was blocked for days when he was Minister of Interior before letting migrants disembark. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Italian Senate votes to lift right-wing leader's immunity

Feb. 12, 2020 3:22 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Italian Senate voted by a large margin Wednesday to allow the prosecution of right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini for making 131 rescued migrants to remain on a coast guard vessel for days when he was Italy's interior minister. Salvini's fellow senators let stand a Senate...