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Justice Department files lawsuit against Snowden over memoir

Sep. 17, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, alleging he violated nondisclosure agreements by publishing a memoir without giving the government an opportunity to review it first. The Justice Department is seeking to...

Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S. economic...

Trump reveals short list for national security adviser

Sep. 17, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday he's considering five people to replace ousted National Security Adviser John Bolton. Trump says his shortlist for the critical post is made up of Robert O'Brien, Ric Waddell, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Fred Fleitz and Keith Kellogg....

Migrants say they face danger before court in Texas tents

Sep. 17, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and included a moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing back into America. But he wasn't sure he'd be able to stay. The two were going to plead their case in a court set...

Jihad, history link Taliban to al-Qaida in Afghanistan

Sep. 17, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban promised Washington during months of negotiations that the United States would never again be attacked from Afghan soil. Such a pledge would have included al-Qaida, which planned the 9/11 attacks from inside Afghanistan. Yet jihad, or holy war, and a shared history continue to...

Snowden calls on France's Macron to grant him asylum

Sep. 16, 2019 4:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents detailing government surveillance programs, is calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum. Snowden, now living in Russia to avoid prosecution in the United States, stressed in...

White House says bin Laden son killed in US operation

Sep. 14, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Saturday that Hamza bin Laden , the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. A statement issued in President...

Snowden tells life story and why he leaked in new memoir

Sep. 13, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir, telling his life story in detail for the first time and explaining why he chose to risk his freedom to become perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time. Snowden, who now lives in Russia to avoid...

Trump: Pompeo won't take on duties of ousted security aide

Sep. 12, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's not going to be asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to take on the duties of former national security adviser John Bolton, who was ousted on Tuesday. Trump says 15 people want the now-vacant national security adviser position. Trump says it's a "great...

Some world hot spots see possible openings in Bolton firing

Sep. 12, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

In the world's hot spots from Iran to North Korea — and even among allies — some see opportunity in President Donald Trump's firing of his national security adviser, John Bolton. The hawkish Bolton repeatedly pushed Trump toward using military force and sanctions to accomplish the administration's...