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A first: African American Marine promoted to 4-star general

Aug. 06, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first African American four-star general in Marine Corps history, Gen. Michael E. Langley, credited his father with telling him to “aim high” and predicted that his promotion on Saturday would have an impact on younger people. Langley was born in...

Pentagon denies DC request for National Guard migrant help

Aug. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary...

Burgum calls for security review of Chinese firm's project

Jul. 26, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D, (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum is pressing federal officials to expedite a review of a Chinese company’s purchase of land in North Dakota for a wet corn milling plant to ensure it is not detrimental to national security. Fufeng Group’s planned $700 million project in...

Milley: China more aggressive, dangerous to US, allies

Jul. 24, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Chinese military has become significantly more aggressive and dangerous over the past five years, the top U.S. military officer said during a trip to the Indo-Pacific that included a stop Sunday in Indonesia. U.S. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the...

US sending more military aid to Ukraine as war grinds on

Jul. 20, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and allies committed more rocket systems, ammunition and other military aid to Ukraine Wednesday, as American defense leaders said they see the war to block Russian gains in the eastern Donbas region grinding on for some time. Speaking at the close of a...

Russia declares plans to grab more land in Ukraine

Jul. 20, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces on Wednesday damaged a bridge that is key to supplying Russian troops in southern Ukraine, where Russia’s foreign minister said Moscow will consolidate its territorial gains. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told state-controlled RT...

Dems stress national security as computer chips bill stalls

Jul. 13, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration and congressional Democrats are warning of dire ramifications for the economy and for national security if Congress fails to pass a bill by the end of July that is designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the United States. Their...

Blinken hits at ASEAN for lack of pressure on Myanmar

Jul. 10, 2022 06:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is criticizing Southeast Asian nations for not doing enough to press Myanmar’s military government to return the country to the path of democracy following last year's power seizure. But as Blinken lamented the lack of...

US tells China its support for Russia complicates relations

Jul. 09, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — China’s support for Russia’s war in Ukraine is complicating U.S.-Chinese relations at a time when they are already beset by rifts and enmity over numerous other issues, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Chinese counterpart on Saturday. ...

China demands end to US-Taiwan military 'collusion'

Jul. 08, 2022 07:56 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has demanded the U.S. cease military “collusion” with Taiwan during a virtual meeting between the joint chiefs of staff from the two countries whose relationship has grown increasingly fractious. Gen. Li Zuocheng told Gen. Mark Milley on Thursday that China...