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Biden signals sharp shift from Trump with Cabinet picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday tapped Obama-era officials for top national security and economic roles, signaling a stark shift from the Trump administration's "America First" policies that disparaged international alliances...

 

Trump team requests recount of Georgia's presidential race

President Donald Trump's campaign requested a recount of votes in the Georgia presidential race on Saturday, a day after state officials certified results showing Democrat Joe Biden won the state, as his legal team presses forward with attacks...

 

In Wisconsin recount, Trump challenges pile up, slow tally

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin recount observer Ardis Cerny stretched her neck as far as she could toward a Plexiglas divider separating her from two vote counters, eagle-eyeing them as they scrutinized ballot papers one by one. When one tabulator...

 

Biden's choice for UN envoy signals return to US engagement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's pick to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a low-key, veteran foreign service officer, reflects the president-elect's intent to return to a more traditional role at the world body as well as offer an...

 

Iran's allies on high alert in Trump's final weeks in office

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has instructed allies across the Middle East to be on high alert and avoid provoking tensions with the U.S. that could give an outgoing Trump administration cause to launch attacks in the U.S. president's final weeks in office,...

 

Iran candidate tells AP: US attack risks 'full-fledged war'

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An adviser to Iran's supreme leader who is a possible 2021 presidential candidate is warning that any American attack on the Islamic Republic could set off a "full-fledged war" in the Mideast in the waning days of the Trump admi...

 

Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Tuesday the U.S. will reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, asserting that the decision fulfills President Donald Trump's pledge to bring forces home from...

 

Nobel UN food agency warns 2021 will be worse than 2020

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the World Food Program says the Nobel Peace Prize has given the U.N. agency a spotlight and megaphone to warn world leaders that next year is going to be worse than this year, and without billions of dollars "we...

 

The Latest: Biden advisers to meet with vaccine makers

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's scientific advisers will meet with vaccine makers in coming days as the presidential transition remains stalled because of President Donald Trump's refusal to acknowledge that he lost the election. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the...

 

After Trump, will the presidency recede a bit for Americans?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calvin Coolidge, known by some as "Silent Cal" during his time in the White House, used his autobiography to live up to his nickname. "The words of a president," he wrote in 1929 after leaving office, "have an enormous weight and...

 

Military voters fear they're part of unsupported fraud claim

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Some military voters are concerned they have been thrust into the center of unsubstantiated fraud claims by President Donald Trump's campaign that several thousand people may have improperly voted in Nevada. There is no evidence of...

 

Pompeo brushes aside results of presidential election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is brushing aside results of last week's presidential election showing that President Donald Trump lost his bid for a second term. Pompeo told reporters with a grin on Tuesday that the "transition"...

 

Military wary that shakeup could upend its apolitical nature

WASHINGTON (AP) — The words spoken by America's top military officer carried a familiar ring, but in the midst of a chaotic week at the Pentagon, they were particularly poignant. "We are unique among militaries," said Gen. Mark Milley, the...

 

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Biden wins White House, vowing new direction for divided US — Italy hits record 39,800 daily coronavirus cases — Germany reports daily record of more than 23,000 virus cases — North Dakota, South Dakota have nation's worst virus deaths per...

 

Biden seeks to move quickly and build out his administration

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden signaled on Sunday he plans to move quickly to build out his government, focusing first on the raging pandemic that will likely dominate the early days of his administration. Biden named a former...

 

Refusing to concede, Trump blocks cooperation on transition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threw the presidential transition into tumult on Monday, Attorney General William Barr authorizing the Justice Department to probe allegations of voter fraud and President Donald Trump firing the Pentagon...

 

The mystery surrounding the former Marine held in Venezuela

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — "Don't WORRY!" reads the cryptic note scribbled on a scrap of perforated paper smuggled out of a dank, basement cellblock. "Han Solo always wins!" The weeks-old message is all the family of Matthew Heath has to pin its...

 

Under Trump, citizenship and visa agency focuses on fraud

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The head of the agency handling citizenship and visa applications was surprised when he faced blowback for cutting a reference to the U.S. being a "nation of immigrants" in its mission statement. The son of a Peruvian immigrant...

 

US vote to shape how world warms as climate pact exit looms

What happens on election day will to some degree determine how much hotter and nastier the world's climate will likely get, experts say. The day after the presidential election, the United States formally leaves the 2015 Paris agreement to fight...

 

Snowden and his wife seek to be Russian-US dual nationals

MOSCOW (AP) — Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden said Monday that he and his wife intend to apply for Russian citizenship without renouncing their U.S. citizenship. Snowden, a former contractor with the U.S. National Security Agency,...

 

Bulgaria signs 5G deal with US excluding Chinese firms

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria has joined other Balkan countries in signing an agreement with the United States on high-speed wireless network security aimed at excluding Chinese hardware providers. Bulgaria joined North Macedonia and Kosovo,...

 

UN: Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations announced Saturday that 50 countries have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry into force in 90 days, a move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the United...

 

UN chief says COVID-19 is 'the greatest crisis of our age'

BERLIN — The head of the United Nations said Sunday that "the Covid-19 pandemic is the greatest crisis of our age." UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened an online session of the World Health Summit with a call for worldwide solidarity in...

 

Spokesman: China to sanction US arms suppliers to Taiwan

BEIJING (AP) — China's government said Monday it will impose sanctions on U.S. military contractors including Boeing Co.'s defense unit and Lockheed Martin Corp. for supplying weapons to rival Taiwan, stepping up a feud with Washington over...

 

US wades in cautiously to Armenia-Azerbaijan peace effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration waded cautiously into international efforts to halt fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are engaged in their worst conflict in more than 25 years. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met separately...

 

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