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North Korea spy satellite launch fails as rocket falls into the sea

May. 31, 2023 10:10 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s attempt to put its first spy satellite into space failed Wednesday in a setback to leader Kim Jong Un’s push to boost his military capabilities as tensions with the United States and South Korea rise. After an unusually quick admission of...

Biden's shift on F-16s for Ukraine came after months of internal debate

May. 22, 2023 20:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's decision to allow allies to train Ukrainian forces on how to operate F-16 fighter jets — and eventually to provide the aircraft themselves — seemed like an abrupt change in position but was in fact one that came after months of internal debate and quiet...

How the US helping Ukraine acquire F-16s shows that for military aid, 'no' can become 'yes'

May. 19, 2023 18:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has once again buckled under pressure from European allies and Ukraine's leaders and agreed to provide more sophisticated weapons to the war effort. This time it's all about F-16 fighter jets. Ukraine has long begged for the sophisticated fighter to give...

Biden says there's 'work to do' on global stage as he heads to Japan; US debt limit standoff looms

May. 17, 2023 19:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said there’s “work to do” on the global stage as he headed to Japan on Wednesday to consult with allies on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s assertiveness in the Pacific at the same time that a debt limit standoff looms at home. ...

Debt limit progress as Biden, McCarthy name top negotiators to avert national default

May. 17, 2023 07:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debt-limit talks shifted into an encouraging new phase Tuesday as President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy named top emissaries to negotiate a deal to avert an unprecedented national default. Biden cut short an upcoming overseas trip in hopes of closing an agreement...

Debt ceiling: McCarthy says 'no progress' ahead of talks Tuesday with Biden

May. 15, 2023 19:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Monday there's been “no progress” on debt ceiling talks ahead of a meeting with President Joe Biden on Tuesday at the White House, as the country pushes closer to a crisis over the need to raise its legal borrowing limit. ...

Biden's reelection pitch that he can govern well faces daunting challenges with debt, border, more

May. 13, 2023 16:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown with Congress that has the nation’s creditworthiness at stake; a frenzied scene at the border as pandemic restrictions ease; a pivotal foreign trip meant to sustain support for Ukraine and contain a more assertive China in the Indo-Pacific. Three...

Deadly Tunisian synagogue attack was premeditated and targeted temple, interior minister says

May. 11, 2023 17:00 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian national guardsman behind an attack that killed five people intentionally targeted the ancient synagogue on the Mediterranean island of Djerba in a premeditated act, Tunisia's interior minister said Thursday. Interior Minister Kamel Fekih pledged to...

Lula envoy meets Ukraine's Zelenskyy after comments that drew ire

May. 10, 2023 19:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A special adviser to Brazil’s presidency on international affairs met with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday following comments by his Brazilian counterpart that have drawn rebukes from Kyiv, the U.S. and Europe. Adviser Celso Amorim, who...

Biden said to pick Air Force general as Joint Chiefs chair

May. 05, 2023 13:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to nominate a history-making Air Force fighter pilot with years of experience in shaping U.S. defenses to meet China's rise to serve as the nation's next top military officer, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the decision. ...