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Huawei exec: Chinese tech giant wants to be 'transparent'

Oct. 18, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei said Friday that the company is prepared to be "open and transparent" as it looks to persuade the U.S. government that it can be trusted and that national security concerns about its technology are unfounded. "The first thing we need to do is...

Deep-sea explorers find Japanese ship that sank during WWII

Oct. 18, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are focusing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific, in an area where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. Hundreds of miles off Midway Atoll, nearly halfway...

Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

Oct. 18, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. He touted a cease-fire agreement that seemed at risk as Turkey and Kurdish fighters...

US-Turkey frictions raise doubts about nukes at Turk base

Oct. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frayed U.S. relations with Turkey over its incursion in Syria raise a sensitive question rarely discussed in public: Should the United States remove the nuclear bombs it has long stored at a Turkish air base? It's a tricky matter for several reasons, including the fact that by...

The Latest: Pompeo optimistic cease-fire in Syria will hold

Oct. 18, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 10:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's optimistic that the cease-fire between the Turkish army and Kurdish forces in northern Syria will hold in coming days, despite some breaches. After briefing...

AP Explains: A look at Mexico's security strategy

Oct. 18, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A display of armed might by a drug cartel forced Mexican authorities to abandon an attempt to arrest a son of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman, leading Mexicans to question President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's security strategy and ask who really runs parts of the country....

White House: Ukraine aid held up partly over election probe

Oct. 18, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House acknowledged that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of the...

Bahrain's King Hamad appoints son national security adviser

Oct. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has appointed his fast-rising son as the island kingdom's new national security adviser. Bahrain's state-run news agency says Friday that the king issued a royal order appointing Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa to the position....

Can Pete Buttigieg, cool and cerebral, second that emotion?

Oct. 18, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — John McAnear, a 77-year-old Air Force veteran, stood in an audience of hundreds in suburban Des Moines with an oxygen tank at his side, wheezing as he implored Pete Buttigieg to protect the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Democratic presidential hopeful offered a respectful, if...

Former Israeli chief justice Meir Shamgar dies at 94

Oct. 18, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Meir Shamgar, a long-serving former chief justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, has died. He was 94. Israel's highest court announced his passing Friday. Shamgar served as chief justice between 1983 and 1995. As the military's chief legal officer, Shamgar laid the groundwork for the legal...