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Ukraine crisis updates: What to know as tensions rise

Jan. 27, 2022 19:28 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States and NATO have made no concessions to the main Russian demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine, including giving Moscow a guarantee that its western neighbor can never join the alliance. The focus is now on how Russia will respond — a...

Austin orders more focus on limiting civilian casualties

Jan. 27, 2022 18:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday ordered his staff to quickly develop an “action plan” for improving how the Pentagon limits and responds to civilian casualties caused by American airstrikes. He called protection of civilians vital to U.S. military success and a...

US orders 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia worry

Jan. 25, 2022 00:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon ordered 8,500 troops on higher alert to potentially deploy to Europe as part of a NATO “response force” amid growing concern that Russia could soon make a military move on Ukraine. President Joe Biden consulted with key European leaders, underscoring U.S....

US orders 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia worry

Jan. 24, 2022 22:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon ordered 8,500 troops on higher alert Monday to potentially deploy to Europe as part of a NATO “response force” amid growing concern that Russia could soon make a military move on Ukraine. President Joe Biden consulted with key European leaders, underscoring U.S....

Head of US Special Operations Command has COVID-19

Jan. 24, 2022 10:59 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command has tested positive for COVID-19, the command said Monday. Gen. Richard D. Clarke has very mild symptoms and is working remotely, said Col. Curt Kellogg, his spokesman. Kellogg said Clarke hasn't been...

Biden, Kishida talk China, nuclear weapons in first meeting

Jan. 21, 2022 17:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday used their first formal meeting to discuss concerns about China's growing military assertiveness that's causing increasing disquiet in the Pacific. Kishida said the two leaders spent a...

Biden considers restoring terror listing of Yemen's Houthis

Jan. 19, 2022 18:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the U.S. is considering restoring its designation of Yemen's Houthis as a terrorist group. Biden's comment, made at a White House news conference Wednesday, came after a cross-border strike Monday that killed three people in the United...

Joint Chiefs chairman and Marine Corps chief have COVID-19

Jan. 17, 2022 12:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing very minor symptoms, a spokesperson said Monday. The Marine Corps said its commandant, Gen. David Berger, also has COVID-19. Milley, who has received the vaccine...

Biden to double free COVID tests, add masks to fight omicron

Jan. 13, 2022 17:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with “high-quality masks," as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” resources to help the country weather the...

US, Japan hail stronger ties, including 2 new defense deals

Jan. 06, 2022 21:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to deepen their defense cooperation, the United States and Japan will soon sign a new five-year agreement on sharing the cost of the American military presence in Japan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday. Speaking at the outset of a virtual...