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US to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran

Sep. 20, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil...

The Latest: US may send some asylum-seekers to El Salvador

Sep. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an agreement between the U.S. and El Salvador to make it a haven for migrants seeking asylum. (all times local): 5:25 p.m. A copy of an agreement between the United States and El Salvador says the U.S. may send some asylum-seekers to El Salvador but not until both countries...

The Latest: Hurricane Jerry headed north of Leeward Islands

Sep. 19, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on hurricanes and tropical storms in the Eastern Pacific and Atlantic (all times local): 8 p.m. Hurricane Jerry is on a forecast track heading north of the Leeward Islands and expected to pass well north of Puerto Rico by Saturday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Jerry's eye...

Pence praises police officers in twist on White House visit

Sep. 19, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a twist on White House sports team visits that have become increasingly rare as athletes protest the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday visited New York City police headquarters and heralded its football team for winning a recent national championship among...

Feds cite Islam focus in review of Duke-UNC language grant

Sep. 19, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it's misusing a federal grant to advance "ideological priorities" and unfairly promote "the positive aspects of Islam" but not Christianity or Judaism....

Rival UN resolutions on Syria cease-fire go down to defeat

Sep. 19, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Rival humanitarian resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib were defeated in the Security Council Thursday, reflecting the deep divisions that have prevented the U.N.'s most powerful body from taking action to end the eight-year Syrian conflict....

France dismisses Snowden's latest request for asylum

Sep. 19, 2019 4:22 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister says "it's not the time" to grant a new asylum request from former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden has been living in Russia to escape U.S. prosecution after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs....

UN faces rival cease-fire resolutions in Syrian rebel area

Sep. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib, "to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation." Germany, Belgium and Kuwait finalized their text Wednesday afternoon and...

Cuccinelli emerging as Trump's leading voice on immigration

Sep. 19, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lady Liberty, constructed in this case of paper-mâché, stands about 7-feet-tall or so in the corner of the office of Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It overlooks Massachusetts Avenue from floor-to-ceiling windows. It wasn't a...

Trump names hostage envoy O'Brien national security adviser

Sep. 18, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration's point person on...