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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019, file photo, National Counterterrorism Center acting Director Russell Travers testifies before a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration said Thursday, March 19, 2020, that it was replacing Travers, the acting chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, part of an ongoing leadership shakeup in the intelligence community. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump administration replaces counterterrorism chief

Mar. 19, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that it was replacing the acting chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, part of an ongoing leadership shakeup in the intelligence community. Russell Travers took over as acting director of the NCTC last August and has spent decades in...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, March 13, 2020. The European Union on Friday urged member countries to put in place health screening measures at their borders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, but warned them to coordinate their actions to ensure that people affected can still quickly get the health care they need. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)

EU funds firm developing virus vaccine amid US interest

Mar. 16, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union on Monday announced a multimillion-dollar investment in a German company that is working on a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus amid reports that the U.S. government was interested in acquiring the firm. The funding is part of a coordinated EU response to COVID-19,...

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters as lawmakers work to extend government surveillance powers that are expiring soon, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lawmakers briefed on Russian attempts to sow discord in US

Mar. 10, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two classified briefings that lawmakers received from intelligence agencies Tuesday did little to bridge the rift between President Donald Trump's administration and Democrats who have concerns about Russian interference in the 2020 elections. Democrats leaving the meeting said they had...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, during the House impeachment inquiry hearings in Washington. Trump has nominated Ratcliffe again to be nation's top intelligence official, (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Trump picks Ratcliffe as top intelligence official, again

Feb. 28, 2020 11:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday picked Rep. John Ratcliffe again to be the nation's top intelligence official, just months after abruptly ending an earlier effort to install him amid bipartisan criticism that the Texas Republican was unqualified for the post. Trump's decision meant that...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, left, shake hands at the State Department, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

EU welcomes Kosovo cut to Serbia tariffs, US says not enough

Feb. 28, 2020 9:55 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's decision to partially lift a 100% tariff on Serbian goods was hailed Friday by the European Union but not supported by the United States, which wants the tariff dropped completely. Prime Minister Albin Kurti on Thursday said the measure would come into effect from March 15...

U.S.President Donald Trump arrives for a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump says without evidence Dems leak intel to hurt Sanders

Feb. 25, 2020 1:55 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that Democrats who don't want Bernie Sanders to win their party's presidential nomination tried to hurt the senator's chances by leaking information about Russian activities promoting his campaign. Trump gave no evidence for his claim....

President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he leaves the White House, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Washington, en route to India. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump says he was not told that Russia was helping Sanders

Feb. 23, 2020 1:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he has never been briefed about Russian efforts to help Bernie Sanders win the Democratic presidential nomination and he accused the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee of leaking election security information from a classified...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Intelligence officials say Russia is interfering with the 2020 election to try to help Trump get reelected, The New York Times reported Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

2016 again? Russia back to stirring chaos in U.S. election

Feb. 21, 2020 8:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just weeks into this year's election cycle, Russia already is actively interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign in hopes of reelecting President Donald Trump, and is also trying to help the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, intelligence officials have...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Intelligence officials say Russia is interfering with the 2020 election to try to help Trump get reelected, The New York Times reported Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Intel officials say Russia boosting Trump candidacy

Feb. 21, 2020 12:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected, according to three officials familiar with the closed-door briefing. Trump pushed back Friday accusing Democrats of launching a...

U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell meets with Isa Mustafa leader of LDK in Kosovo's capital Pristina on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy for talks between Balkan rivals Serbia and Kosovo on Thursday called on Pristina newly-expected government leaders to lift the 100% tariff on Serb goods and services in order to let the dialogue between the two countries to reach a final reconciliation agreement proceed. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Trump looks for permanent national intelligence director

Feb. 21, 2020 10:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is the new acting national intelligence director, but he's expected to be a short-timer overseeing the nation's 17 spy agencies. President Donald Trump named Grenell the acting director, but says he'll nominate a permanent director soon. The...