Military and defense

February 23, 2018 - 8:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is retiring after a tenure that included several months as acting secretary. Elaine Duke said Friday that she would step down in April with "mixed emotion." She was a top department official under Presidents George W...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017 file photo, South Sudanese soldiers accused of gang-raping five foreigners, murdering a local journalist and looting a hotel, are led to their prison van after attending a hearing of their trial in the capital Juba, South Sudan. The latest report on human rights abuses in South Sudan's five-year civil war, released by a United Nations commission Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 says it has identified more than 40 senior military officials "who may bear individual responsibility for war crimes." (AP Photo/Bullen Chol, File)
February 23, 2018 - 4:02 pm
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The witness accounts remain appalling. One South Sudanese man returned home after hiding from government soldiers to find they had blinded his mother, gouging out her eyes with spears. She had tried to defend her 17-year-old daughter from being raped by more than a dozen...
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Ivanka Trump during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, Seoul, South Korea. Ivanka Trump has received a red-carpet welcome in South Korea as head of the U.S. delegation to this weekend's closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. (Kim Min-Hee/Pool Photo via AP)
February 23, 2018 - 12:58 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ivanka Trump told South Korea's president on Friday that she will use her visit to the Winter Olympics to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program. The daughter of President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. delegation at this weekend's closing...
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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, front row second left, and Chad's President Idriss Deby, front row center, stand with EU and Sahel leaders during a group photo at an EU-Sahel meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. European Union leaders meet Friday with counterparts from Africa's Sahel in a show of support for the impoverished region fallen prey to extremists and a key transit point for migrants heading to Europe. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)
February 23, 2018 - 9:07 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — International donors on Friday pledged 414 million euros ($510 million) to help five impoverished countries in West Africa's vast Sahel region set up a new counterterror force as a deadly jihadist threat grows. The 5,000-strong G5 Sahel force for Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania...
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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU-Sahel meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. European Union leaders meet Friday with counterparts from Africa's Sahel in a show of support for the impoverished region fallen prey to extremists and a key transit point for migrants heading to Europe. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
February 23, 2018 - 7:05 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on European Union meeting on West Africa's Sahel region (all times local): 1:05 p.m. The European Union's top diplomat says donors have pledged 414 million euros ($510 million) to five impoverished countries in West Africa's Sahel region, much of it to fund a...
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President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU-Sahel meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. European Union leaders meet Friday with counterparts from Africa's Sahel in a show of support for the impoverished region fallen prey to extremists and a key transit point for migrants heading to Europe. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
February 23, 2018 - 4:14 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union pledged an additional 50 million euros ($61 million) to a joint counterterror force in West Africa's vast Sahel region, as leaders gathered Friday in a show of support for the impoverished nations. The 5,000-strong Sahel force for Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali,...
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President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU-Sahel meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. European Union leaders meet Friday with counterparts from Africa's Sahel in a show of support for the impoverished region fallen prey to extremists and a key transit point for migrants heading to Europe. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
February 23, 2018 - 3:46 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is pledging 50 million euros ($61 million) to a joint counterterror force in West Africa's Sahel region, as leaders gather Friday in a show of support for the impoverished nations. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU will "provide an...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 22, 2018 - 9:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday called for allowing military families to use federal funds to pay for private school or other educational services for their children. The idea is part of Trump administration's focus on expanding school choice — alternatives to...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 22, 2018 - 9:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is calling for allowing military families to use federal funds to pay for private school or other educational services for their children. The idea is part of Trump administration's focus on expanding school choice — alternatives to traditional...
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February 22, 2018 - 11:55 am
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The United States military for the second straight day is announcing a drone strike that killed al-Shabab extremists in Somalia. The U.S. Africa Command says the strike on Wednesday killed four "terrorists" near Jamaame in Lower Juba region in the south. The statement says...
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