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With new Cabinet, Thailand replaces junta with army allies

Jul. 16, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. King Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the swearing-in of the Cabinet, whose 36 members pledged their loyalty...

The Latest: USC trustee pulls Caslen support over protests

Jul. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the University of South Carolina's search for a new president (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A University of South Carolina trustee who once would have voted for a retired Army general as the school's new president says he can't cast that vote now. Trustee Chuck Allen said...

McMaster: Idea of impropriety in leader search preposterous

Jul. 16, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It's preposterous to suggest Gov. Henry McMaster did anything improper during the search for a new University of South Carolina president, a spokesman for McMaster said Tuesday. University trustee Charlie Williams said last week that McMaster was pressuring board members to hire...

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...

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...

Meeting postponed as presidential search splits university

Jul. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A special meeting Friday where trustees at the University of South Carolina were expected to vote on a new president was postponed by a judge just minutes before the governor himself made a request to delay it. When Thursday started, trustees appeared ready to hire the candidate who...

General: Early Afghanistan troop pullout would be mistake

Jul. 11, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pulling American troops prematurely from Afghanistan would be a "strategic mistake," the Army general nominated to be Joint Chiefs chairman told senators Thursday. Mark Milley also said the United States should keep a "modest number" of forces in Iraq and Syria for now to maintain...

The Latest: Meeting to elect new USC president postponed

Jul. 11, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the University of South Carolina's search for a new president (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A special meeting to elect a new president for the University of South Carolina has been called off by a judge who said there wasn't enough notice. University trustees were set to...

Libya official: Car bombs explode near LNA leaders, 4 killed

Jul. 11, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — At least two bomb-laden vehicles exploded Thursday near a group of Libyan National Army leaders in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi, killing four people and wounding 33 others and casting doubt on the LNA's 3-month-old offensive on Tripoli, the U.N.-backed government's capital....

Senate committee sets Tuesday hearing on Pentagon leadership

Jul. 11, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on Mark Esper's expected nomination as defense secretary. The committee says it's "pre-nomination paperwork" from the White House regarding the now-acting Pentagon chief. President Donald Trump has said he intends to...