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China says it won't rule out using force to reunify Taiwan

Jul. 24, 2019 12:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said it will not renounce the use of force in efforts to reunify Taiwan with the mainland and vowed to take all necessary military measures to defeat "separatists." In a national defense white paper released Wednesday, China listed among its top priorities its resolve to contain...

The Latest: China says it flew joint patrol with Russia

Jul. 24, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on China's national defense white paper released Wednesday (all times local): 12:20 p.m. China says its first joint air patrol with Russia was not aimed at third parties, after South Korea complained the warplanes violated its airspace. Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian says the...

New Mexico air base hosts open house for cleanup project

Jul. 24, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is inviting the public to learn about the work being done to clean up jet fuel contamination at a base bordering New Mexico's largest city. The open house at Kirtland Air Force Base will be Thursday. Experts from the Air Force and the state Environment Department...

Russia wants probe on alleged S Korean airspace violation

Jul. 24, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A lawmaker cites Russia's acting ambassador as saying Russia wants an investigation into a South Korean announcement that a Russia military plane has violated its airspace. Seoul says South Korean fighter jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots to drive away the Russian...

France stresses need for Iran to respect nuclear accord

Jul. 23, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities in a meeting Tuesday with an Iranian envoy stressed the need for Tehran to quickly respect the 2015 nuclear accord it has breached and "make the needed gestures" to deescalate mounting tensions in the Persian Gulf region. A statement by the French Foreign Ministry said Seyed...

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...

ICE releases US citizen, 18, wrongfully detained near border

Jul. 23, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A U.S.-born 18-year-old was released from immigration custody Tuesday after wrongfully being detained for more than three weeks. Francisco Erwin Galicia left a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Pearsall, Texas, on Tuesday. His lawyer, Claudia Galan, confirmed he...

Senators weigh sexual misconduct allegations against general

Jul. 23, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are hearing closed-door testimony this week about an allegation of sexual misconduct against Air Force Gen. John Hyten as they weigh his nomination for vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A senior military officer who has accused Hyten of unwanted sexual advances met...

Ex-Flynn business partner convicted of illegal lobbying

Jul. 23, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A jury on Tuesday convicted a one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn on charges he illegally acted as a Turkish agent when he and Flynn undertook a project to discredit an exiled cleric wanted by Turkey's government. Bijan Kian, 67, was convicted...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes falsehoods to a youth audience

Jul. 23, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday told young people a number of falsehoods he's been relating to adults for months and took a misleading swipe at the female Democratic lawmakers he's trying to turn into foils. A sampling of his remarks at a Turning Point USA gathering of conservative...