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President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, en route to a campaign rally in Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump turns to those he has scorned for help on Iran

Jan. 10, 2020 12:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As tensions fester with Iran, President Donald Trump finds himself turning to the very people and entities he’s spent three years dismissing or alienating: NATO, Western allies and U.S. intelligence agencies. Trump, who once said that U.S. spy agencies should “go back to...

In this photo taken from undated footage distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, an intercontinental ballistic missile lifts off from a silo somewhere in Russia. The Russian military said the Avangard hypersonic weapon entered combat duty on Friday. The Kremlin has made modernization of Russia's strategic nuclear forces one of its top priorities. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

New Russian weapon can travel 27 times the speed of sound

Dec. 27, 2019 9:37 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational Friday, Russia's defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin, bolstering the country's nuclear strike capability. Putin has described the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle as a technological...

Mist rolls over the U.S. Capitol dome early Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, before a House Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Congress takes aim at Syrian war crimes, Russian aggression

Dec. 17, 2019 2:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on Syria, Russia and China while making it more difficult for the Trump administration to reduce commitments to allies from Europe to Asia. As part of a defense policy bill that passed the Senate, lawmakers will impose sanctions on Syrian troops...

FILE - In this June 3, 2011, file photo, the Pentagon is seen from air from Air Force One. The House has passed its annual defense policy measure, which combines a $738 billion Pentagon price tag with legislation to provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid parental leave. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Senate sends Trump defense bill with federal parental leave

Dec. 17, 2019 1:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday voted to send to President Donald Trump an annual defense policy bill that combines a $738 billion Pentagon budget blueprint with legislation to provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid parental leave. The sweeping 86-8 vote followed easy passage last week by...

Key Pentagon departure as top Asia policy official resigning

Dec. 12, 2019 12:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says its top Asia policy official is resigning after two years in the job. The top Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, told reporters Thursday that Randall Schriver, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs since January 2018, confirmed to him that...

FILE - In this June 3, 2011, file photo, the Pentagon is seen from air from Air Force One. The House has passed its annual defense policy measure, which combines a $738 billion Pentagon price tag with legislation to provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid parental leave. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

House OKs defense bill, parental leave for federal workers

Dec. 11, 2019 6:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday passed its annual defense policy measure, which combined a $738 billion Pentagon price tag with legislation to provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid parental leave. The sweeping 377-48 vote followed weeks of arduous House-Senate negotiations that finally...

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., points to a question as he speaks with reporters Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 in Washington, on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Schumer: Fed workers to get 12 weeks of paid parental leave

Dec. 8, 2019 6:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat said Sunday that congressional leaders have reached a “real breakthrough” deal to give 12 weeks of paid parental leave to millions of federal workers as part of the annual defense policy bill. Sen. Charles Schumer said the agreement over the...

Federal workers could win parental leave in space force swap

Dec. 6, 2019 10:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Hill leaders are nearing agreement in negotiations on an annual defense policy bill that would extend 12 weeks of paid parental leave to federal workers, both military and civilian, in exchange for establishing President Donald Trump's space force initiative. The agreement would...

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he and U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. US President Donald Trump will join other NATO heads of state at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday to mark the NATO Alliance's 70th birthday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Impeachment shadows Trump on trip to NATO leaders meeting

Dec. 3, 2019 12:11 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump kicks off a two-day whirlwind of meetings with NATO alliance members, but his focus appears to remain centered on the impeachment inquiry playing out at home. Before departing for London to meet Tuesday with other leaders from the 29-member alliance, Trump accused...

U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. US President Donald Trump will join other NATO heads of state at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday to mark the NATO Alliance's 70th birthday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Impeachment shadows Trump on trip to NATO leaders meeting

Dec. 2, 2019 6:21 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Crying foul over timing, President Donald Trump on Monday accused Democrats of scheduling this week’s impeachment hearing to undercut him during his trip abroad for a NATO leaders’ meeting playing out at a crucial moment for the 70-year-old military alliance. Trump, who arrived...