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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...

Von der Leyen: pro-EU fixture in Merkel's Cabinets

Jul. 16, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — For Ursula von der Leyen, becoming European Commission president and perhaps the most important official in the European Union felt like coming home. After she was confirmed by the European Parliament in a cliffhanger ballot that saw her scrape through with nine votes beyond a necessary...

Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis

Jul. 15, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation last December opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. The moment the nomination was received by the Senate...

South Africa's ex-president denies corruption at inquest

Jul. 15, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has denied corruption allegations against him, saying the charges are part of an international intelligence conspiracy that started more than 25 years ago to assassinate his character. Zuma is appearing before a state commission that is probing...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong about Dems, census, citizenship

Jul. 15, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading falsehoods on issues of race, immigration and American-ness, exhorting four non-white female lawmakers to "go back" to where they came from and crying foul over his failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. He suggests that the...

Sudan activists call for 'justice' for killed protesters

Jul. 13, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Tens of thousands of Sudanese flooded the streets of the capital of Khartoum and other cities Saturday to mark the 40th day since the deadly dispersal of a protest sit-in, and a protest leader said a planned a meeting with the country's ruling generals to sign a power-sharing deal...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and an eco legacy not his own

Jul. 13, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his aides this past week celebrated an environmental legacy that is not theirs to claim. In large measure, the progress they cited pre-dates Trump's presidency. And in some of the particulars, they were wrong. For example, the air is not cleaner under Trump. The...

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey taps Graddick to head parole board

Jul. 12, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday named former attorney general Charles Graddick as the new director of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. Ivey made the appointment under a new state law she sought that gives her the authority to appoint the director. Graddick will replace current...

Trump escapes blame for ethanol policy hurting corn farmers

Jul. 12, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest farmers and their Republican elected officials rarely miss a chance to shower President Donald Trump with praise when he takes actions they believe help agriculture, but they're now parsing their words over the administration's policies dealing with ethanol. While they have...

Despite US warnings, Russian S-400 systems land in Turkey

Jul. 12, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said "the first group of equipment" of the...