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'Deepfakes' called new election threat, with no easy fix

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Deepfake" videos pose a clear and growing threat to America's national security, lawmakers and experts say. The question is what to do about it, and that's not easily answered. A House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday serv...

 

US beefing up forces in Middle East to counter Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the U.S. and its...

 

Trump cites Iran to bypass Congress on Saudi arms sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday invoked a rarely used provision in federal law to bypass congressional review of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing threats the kingdom faces from Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified...

 

Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tamping down talk of war, top Trump administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that recent actions by the U.S. deterred attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remained deeply skeptical of the White House approach...

 

Congress invokes powers to challenge Trump on war in Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rejecting a plank of President Donald Trump's foreign policy, the House on Thursday invoked never-before-used powers to demand that his administration withdraw support from the Saudi-led war in Yemen . The Senate passed the same r...

 

Guantanamo prison looms as option as IS fight ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Guantanamo Bay detention center would receive new prisoners for the first time in more than a decade under one option being considered as the U.S. withdraws its forces from Syria and works to resolve the fate of hundreds of...

 

Fate of detained IS fighters uncertain as US exits Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — What to do with hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria has become a critical and growing problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull troops out of the country. A senior administration...

 

Trump call with Turkish leader led to US pullout from Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from Syria was made hastily, without consulting his national security team or allies, and over strong objections from virtually everyone involved in the fight against...

 

Trump campaign Russia contacts alarm intelligence experts

WASHINGTON (AP) — From suggestions of "political synergy" and offers of business deals to contact with more than a dozen people in then-candidate Donald Trump's orbit, Russian outreach to the Trump campaign has a familiar and alarming pattern to...

 

Senators send rebuke to Saudis, Trump over Khashoggi murder

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying President Donald Trump, senators sent a strong signal that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. By a bipartisan 63-37 vote, the Senate opted to move forward with...

 

US to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing of writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday described the killing of a Saudi journalist as a botched operation and a "bad original concept" as his administration took its first, careful steps toward punishing the Saudis by moving to revoke...

 

Trump refugee policy leaves thousands stranded outside US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Death threats drove Hadi Mohammed out of Iraq and to a small apartment in Nebraska, where he and his two young sons managed to settle as refugees. But the danger hasn't been enough to allow his wife to join them. Mohammed, who...

 

US targets Libyan militia leader with sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department has slapped sanctions on the leader of a militia in Libya for attacks on the country's oil facilities. The U.S. says Ibrahim Jadhran (ib-rah-heem jud-raan)'s attacks "robbed the Libyan people of...

 

State Dept. lacked long-term care for Cuba health incidents

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal review submitted to Congress Thursday says the State Department had "insufficient resources" to support long-term care following mysterious health incidents in Cuba. However, the Accountability Review Board, convened...

 

New US sanctions could pitch Russia relations to new low

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia typically brushes off new U.S. sanctions. Not this time. The Trump administration announcement of export restrictions in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain sent the...

 

US to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Wednesday it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year. The new sanctions, to be imposed...

 

European allies uneasy as US restores Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Trump administration readies to re-impose sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord, America's European allies fear greater regional instability. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the landmark...

 

US to hit NATO-ally Turkey over detained pastor, Trump says

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared on Thursday the United States will impose sanctions on Turkey, a crucial NATO ally, in retaliation for the detention of an American pastor on terror and espionage charges. Turkey's response was...

 

Pompeo visits Mexico, is urged to reunite migrant families

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday urged a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to quickly reunite migrant families separated at the border. Pena Nieto said in a statement he called for "a permanent...

 

US slaps terror designation on Iran-linked group in Bahrain

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States designated a Shiite militant group in Bahrain as a foreign terrorist organization Tuesday to ramp up pressure on Iran. The al-Ashtar Brigades are "yet another in a long line of Iranian-sponsored terrorists who...

 

Iraqi forces capture 5 top IS leaders in cross-border raid

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday in a statement. The arrest was a "significant blow to Daesh," coalition...

 

PM announces on state TV Iraq's war against IS has ended

BAGHDAD (AP) — After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country's security forces drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held....

 

As caliphate crumbles, US builds outposts in western Iraq

QAIM, Iraq (AP) — The US-led coalition's newest outpost in the fight against the Islamic State group is in a dusty corner of western Iraq near the border with Syria. Here, several hundred American Marines operate close to the battlefront, a key...

 

Territorial losses suffered by Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

BEIRUT (AP) — With new losses, the Islamic State group has been driven from more than 96 percent of the large parts of Iraq and Syria it once held, crushing its goal of establishing a "caliphate" that challenges existing borders. The militants are...

 

Kurdish leader Talabani, onetime hope for Iraqi unity, dies

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — As he stepped into office in 2005 to become Iraq's first Kurdish president, Jalal Talabani told his followers, "I am casting off my Kurdish clothes and wearing Iraqi ones instead. You must accept that." It was a symbolic call for...

 

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