Military and defense

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks with reporters outside the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 18, 2018 - 2:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating Tuesday after the White House indicated President Donald Trump does not want a federal government shutdown over his demand for $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico. During a meeting on Capitol Hill, Senate...
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President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn leaves federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 18, 2018 - 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing of President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Tuesday, saying he could not hide his disgust for Flynn's crime of lying to the FBI and accusing him of selling out his country. Lawyers for Flynn, a...
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President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia during the presidential transition, arrives with his wife Lori Andrade, for his sentencing at the U.S. District Court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 18, 2018 - 1:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russia investigation (all times local): 2:25 p.m. The White House says it is not backing down from its criticism of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's interview of Mike Flynn, the former Trump national...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, In this photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express, launches from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order soon, possibly as early as Tuesday, Dec. 18, creating a U.S. Space Command that will better organize and advance the military's vast operations in space, U.S. officials say. (Senior Airman Clayton Wear/U.S. Air Force via AP, File)
December 18, 2018 - 10:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched the Pentagon's new Space Command Tuesday, an effort to better organize and advance the military's vast operations in space that could cost as much as $800 million over the next five years. Trump signed a one-page memorandum Tuesday authorizing the...
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A protester, left, wearing a mask of U.S. President Donald Trump kicks his fellow protester wearing a mask of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a rally to denounce policies of South Korean President Moon Jae-in on North Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Kim's return visit to Seoul appears unlikely to take place this month, a senior South Korean official said last week. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
December 18, 2018 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's special envoy for North Korea is heading to South Korea this week amid growing uncertainty over the future of direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang, the State Department said Tuesday. Stephen Biegun will visit Seoul on Wednesday and Thursday for...
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December 18, 2018 - 9:46 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military says it has killed seven suspected English-speaking separatist rebels in Bamenda in the North West region. Four soldiers were rushed to the local hospital, said a health worker, but the military has not reported any dead. The region's army commander, Gen...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, In this photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express, launches from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order soon, possibly as early as Tuesday, Dec. 18, creating a U.S. Space Command that will better organize and advance the military's vast operations in space, U.S. officials say. (Senior Airman Clayton Wear/U.S. Air Force via AP, File)
December 18, 2018 - 9:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Pentagon's new Space Command (all times local): 10:30 a.m. President Donald Trump has launched the Pentagon's new Space Command. It's an effort to better organize and advance the military's vast operations in space that could cost as much as $800 million over the...
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A pro-Brexit demonstrator waves a placard with others outside the Houses of Parliament in London Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The British Cabinet was meeting Tuesday to discuss ramping up preparations for Britain's departure from the European Union without a deal, after Prime Minister Theresa May postponed Parliament's vote on her divorce agreement until mid-January. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
December 18, 2018 - 8:35 am
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 2:30 p.m. British Defense Secretary says around 3,500 troops will be on standby in support of the government to help deal with any disruptions in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit. Gavin Williamson says that while...
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This May, 2017, photo shows Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force’s helicopter carrier Izumo. Japan has adopted new defense guidelines, calling for converting a destroyer into Japan’s first aircraft carrier to deploy advanced U.S.-made stealth fighters, as Japan seeks to increase defense spending and bolster arms capability in coming years. The new national defense plan, approved Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet, calls for refitting an existing helicopter carrier into one that can deploy expensive F-35B fighters capable of short take-offs and vertical landings.(Kyodo News via AP)
December 18, 2018 - 4:47 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan plans its first aircraft carrier and big increases in defense spending and weapons capability in the coming years, according to new defense guidelines approved Tuesday that cite its need to counter potential threats from North Korea and China and other vulnerabilities. The...
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The Capitol is seen at twilight in Washington, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. The fight over President Donald Trump's $5 billion wall funds deepened Monday, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 17, 2018 - 9:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over President Donald Trump's $5 billion wall funds deepened Monday, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington. It wasn't always like this, with Congress and the White House at a crisis over government...
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