REGIONBUSINESSLIVE.NEWS: Top and Breaking News

Top and Breaking News: Security

03:29 2019-10-15

Monday’s Daily Brief: 70,000 children displaced in northeast Syria, Guterres commends UN-led peace deal for Ecuador, deadly airstrikes in Libya's Tripoli A recap of Monday’s stories: UNICEF estimates some 70,000 children have been newly displaced in northeast Syria; UN chief sounds alarm on threat of ISIL amid fighting in Syria; Secretary-General welcomes start of Ecuador peace dialogue; Deadly Libya ...
23:14 2019-10-14

‘Crushed bodies and shattered bones:’ China’s Xi Jinping threatens dissidents amid Hong Kong protests Chinese President Xi Jinping raised the specter of a violent crackdown on protesters against the Communist government, as Beijing rebuffs international condemnation for human rights abuses....
07:42 2019-10-14

'ISIS will resurge': Mattis predicts ISIS comeback without more pressure from US Former Defense Secretary James Mattis said that President Trump's decision to pull troops from northern Syria could lead to a comeback for the Islamic State....
12:14 2019-10-13

'Leaving us to be slaughtered': Syrian Kurds commander condemns US pullout The commander of the Syrian Kurdish forces in the northern part of the country condemned President Trump's decision to remove U.S. soldiers from the area....
12:14 2019-10-13

Trump: Turkey will face ‘swift, strong, and severe’ sanctions if it doesn't protect religious minorities in Syria President Trump said he warned Turkey it would face economic sanctions if it does not protect religious minorities in northern Syria while it conducts military operations there....
12:14 2019-10-13

NBC reporter: Kurds believe Trump 'gave the green light' for Turkey to commit genocide NBC News reporter Richard Engel warned that Turkey is planning a long-term genocidal campaign against the Kurds, who believe President Trump gave the plan a "green light" by pulling troops from northern Syria....
22:28 2019-10-12

'We train our boys to be killing machines': Trump announces White House review of Green Beret murder case President Trump defended a former Green Beret charged with murdering a suspected Taliban bombmaker, announcing that the White House is reviewing the case....
22:28 2019-10-12

'The loyalist': Gordon Sondland, a diplomat in Trump's image, now at center of clamor for impeachment With his brash manner, transactional rhetoric and background in hotels and real estate, Gordon Sondland has been seen as a mini-Trump in the world of American diplomacy....
08:00 2019-10-12

Former Ukraine ambassador: Trump broke ‘sacred trust’ with American diplomats President Trump decided to recall the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine based on foreign allegations that his own political appointees at the State Department regarded as false, according to the ousted envoy....
08:00 2019-10-12

Ethiopian Prime Minister awarded Nobel Peace Prize: Guterres hails his ‘people first’ agenda The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been praised by the UN Secretary-General for creating a pathway to stability in the Horn of Africa region....
00:28 2019-10-12

'He doesn't work for us:' NSA disavows husband of American spy in UK traffic death An American spy whose wife sparked an international row by killing a British teenager in a traffic accident is not a National Security Agency employee, according to the agency....
22:56 2019-10-11

Adam Schiff has 2 aides who worked with whistleblower at White House House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff recruited two former National Security Council aides who worked alongside the CIA whistleblower at the NSC during the Obama and Trump administrations, the Washington Examiner has learned....
22:56 2019-10-11

Naive loyalist or political hack? Who is Gordon Sondland? While Gordon Sondland prepares to testify about his role in the Ukraine controversy, former colleagues talked to the Washington Examiner about who Sondland is and what he accomplished as U.S. ambassador to the European Union....
22:56 2019-10-11

As casualties mount in Syria offensive, the move to sanction Turkey gains bipartisan steam in Congress ‘SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES’: Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney has emerged as one of the most vocal leaders of the growing bipartisan chorus in Congress who seek to punish Turkey for its military campaign against America’s Kudish allies in northern Syria...
15:56 2019-10-11

'Unfortunate': McMaster criticizes Trump's Syria troop withdrawal Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster criticized President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northeastern Syria, saying the deployment was "immensely helpful" to U.S. security and interests....
06:14 2019-10-11

NATO ally Turkey asked Trump for 'military support' in attack on Kurdish partners Turkey requested American military support in a controversial offensive against the Syrian Kurdish militias that provided crucial aid to the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, according to U.S. officials....
06:14 2019-10-11

Black Hawk Down revisited: Lost lessons from a long-ago war This month marks the 26th anniversary of the notorious Battle of Mogadishu, and if all you know about the infamous 18-hour urban firefight in Somalia is from the 2001 movie Black Hawk Down, then there are likely a few gaps in your knowledge about how...
06:14 2019-10-11

Colombia’s peace process developments a ‘precious opportunity’ to end violence for good, says UN Mission head Thousands of former fighters from Colombia’s largest rebel group remain committed to the historic 2016 peace deal which ended more than five decades of civil conflict, but attacks against the ex-combatants have been a continuous cause for concern, th...
01:42 2019-10-11

De-escalation of Turkish military operation in northern Syria ‘absolutely essential’ A de-escalation of renewed conflict in northern Syria is “absolutely essential,” the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday. His comments follow the launch of airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey on Wednesday just days after th...
01:42 2019-10-11

Thursday's Daily Brief: Updates on Syria, refugee data centre, billions raised to fight global diseases, Colombia's peace process A recap of Thursday's stories:  Guterress calls for military de-escalation in Syria's north-east; the role of cities in the climate crisis; new UN data resource to support refugees; reintegration of Colombia's ex-rebels; global community raises billi...
01:42 2019-10-11

Turkey takes a page out of Russian playbook; threatens to weaponize refugees Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned Thursday he would flood Europe with millions of Syrian refugees if European countries condemn the invasion of northern Syria....
21:42 2019-10-10

Defense intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified information on China to further his romance with journalist An analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency is facing charges for allegedly leaking classified national defense information about another country's weapons systems to two journalists, the Justice Department announced....
16:00 2019-10-10

US soldier on front lines in Syria tells Fox reporter, ‘I am ashamed for the first time in my career' Subscribe today to the Washington Examiner magazine and get Washington Briefing: politics and policy stories that will keep you up to date with what's going on in Washington. SUBSCRIBE NOW: Just $1.00 an issue!...
16:00 2019-10-10

European Union opens the anti-Assad playbook to deter Turkish attack on the Kurds European taxpayers will not subsidize Turkey’s plan to attack the Kurdish fighters that helped destroy the Islamic State and resettle the territory they hold with Syrian refugees....
09:42 2019-10-10

'I'm going to throw up': Graham slams Trump for 'putting the nation at risk' Sen. Lindsey Graham said President Trump was risking the safety of the nation as well as putting his presidency on the line with his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria....
01:14 2019-10-10

Defense analyst charged with leaking information to a journalist An analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency is facing charges for allegedly leaking classified national defense information about another country's weapons systems to two journalists, the Justice Department announced....
01:14 2019-10-10

'Insolent and obstructive': Tom Cotton says intelligence watchdog shared extra details about Ukraine whistleblower with House Democrats An Intelligence Community watchdog gave preferential treatment to House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump while rebuffing Senate Republican questions, according to Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton....
01:14 2019-10-10

Support 'winds of change' in DR Congo to consolidate positive developments, urges UN mission chief Recent positive trends could help transform the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into a stable country, the head of the UN operation there told the Security Council on Wednesday....
23:14 2019-10-09

German synagogue shooting ‘another tragic demonstration of anti-Semitism’: UN chief The killing of two people outside a synagogue in Germany on Wednesday has been characterized by the UN Secretary-General as “another tragic demonstration of anti-Semitism.”...
23:14 2019-10-09

Russia's Disinformation War Is Just Getting Started The Internet Research Agency specifically targeted African Americans, and has not stopped trying to influence elections, a Senate intelligence report says....
16:28 2019-10-09

Turkish tanks mass on Syrian border in preparation for assault on Kurds Turkey has gathered forces on its southern border with Syria, as it prepares to make good on its plans to carve out a “safe zone” by pushing out Kurdish fighters who have been United States allies but which Ankara considers terrorists....
15:42 2019-10-09

Stung by criticism he’s stabbing Kurds in the back, Trump tries to change green light to yellow on Turkish assault TANKS ON THE BORDER: Turkey has massed forces on its southern border with Syria, as it prepares to make good on its plans to carve out a “safe zone” by pushing out Kurdish fighters from the who have been U.S. allies, but which Ankara considers terror...
13:42 2019-10-09

State Department official switches speech topics amid questions about Syria strategy A senior State Department official slated to provide an update on current United States strategy for the Middle East spontaneously switched topics at the podium Tuesday, amid uncertainty about President Trump’s Syria policy....
05:14 2019-10-09

US bans Chinese officials for persecuting Uighur Muslims Chinese Communist Party officials involved in mass crackdown on Uighur Muslims are barred from entering the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced today....
05:14 2019-10-09

Some progress made towards security in Mali, but still a long way to go, Security Council hears Some progress has been made towards restoring peace and stability in Mali as outlined in a fragile 2015 peace deal, yet sustainable peace developments are not happening fast enough, the Security Council heard on Tuesday. ...
23:42 2019-10-08

UN chief urges ‘maximum restraint’ following policy shift over northeastern Syria The UN chief on Tuesday expressed “great concern” over recent policy statements made regarding northeastern Syria, following the announcement from the United States at the start of the week, that it would withdraw troops from the area close to the bo...
23:42 2019-10-08

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Eye health, UN’s financial crisis, progress in Mali and South Sudan, human rights in Australia Tuesday’s top stories: Global need for eye care is set to increase ‘dramatically’; work and reforms of the UN ‘at risk’; progress on Mali security; South Sudan peace accord anniversary; Rights chief Bachelet urges rollback on Australia migration poli...
23:42 2019-10-08

Turkey masses forces on border with Syria, leaving the US between 2 key partners Turkish forces massed along the Syrian border on Tuesday ahead of a long-expected invasion of Kurdish-held territories in the Syria's northern region, multiple sources reported....
21:14 2019-10-08

Trump’s appeasement of Turkey draws nearly universal condemnation, as the president cites his "great and unmatched wisdom" SCREAMING FOUL: The Congress may be deeply divided, but not on the belief that having the U.S. stand aside and allow Turkey to attack America’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria is morally wrong and strategically unwise....
18:56 2019-10-08

Trump insists he is not abandoning Kurds after GOP backlash against Syria withdrawal President Trump insisted he was not abandoning Kurdish-led forces as he defended Washington’s relationship with Turkey in the face of an angry backlash at his plans to withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria....
18:56 2019-10-08

'Disaster in the making': Congress comes together in opposition to Trump’s Syria withdrawal Congress is uniting in opposition to President Trump’s decision for the United States to stand aside and allow Turkey to attack America’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria....
18:56 2019-10-08

Whistleblower memo shows White House official saying Trump-Ukraine call was 'crazy' and 'frightening' The first Ukraine whistleblower wrote a two-page memo one day after the controversial phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky detailing secondhand information provided by a White House official....
05:14 2019-10-08

'Stain on America's honor': Trump gives Turkey green light to attack US-Kurdish allies in northern Syria Overruling his advisers and blindsiding the Pentagon, President Trump has abruptly reversed course and endorsed Turkey’s imminent offensive against U.S.-Kurdish allies in northern Syria....
02:56 2019-10-08

'Good thing that he was surrounded by Secret Service': Joe Biden angered Gold Star parents days after son died A conversation with then-Vice President Joe Biden left a Gold Star family perplexed and angry just minutes before the dignified transfer of their son’s remains in November 2016....
02:56 2019-10-08

Democrats consider creative ways to hide whistleblower identity for fear of GOP leaks House Democrats are considering extreme measures to protect the identity of a whistleblower after the intelligence official who raised concerns about President Trump urging Ukraine to investigate his political rival agreed to answer questions....
02:56 2019-10-08

'It's got a big military': Trump worried Turkey would kill or capture US troops in Syria Turkey did not receive permission to attack key U.S. partners against the Islamic State in Syria, a senior administration official said while explaining President Trump’s decision to move American forces....
02:56 2019-10-08

Historic first, as Tolstoy’s War and Peace lands in Geneva, to mark international centenary For the first time, part of the original manuscript of Tolstoy’s epic novel, War and Peace, has been unveiled amid tight security in Geneva, where it is the highlight of an exhibition helping to mark 100 years of cooperation between nations....
00:00 2019-10-08

Trump relationship with CIA sinks to new low after whistleblower allegation President Trump's strained relationship with American intelligence agencies faces its biggest test now that a CIA officer whistleblower has accused him of abusing his position to ask Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden....
15:42 2019-10-07

Trump greenlights Turkey’s plan to move against US Kurdish allies in northern Syria BLINDSIDED, BETRAYED: President Trump, overruling his advisers and blindsiding the Pentagon, has abruptly reversed course and endorsed Turkey’s imminent offensive against America’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria....
15:42 2019-10-07

'A big win for Iran and Assad': Lindsey Graham rips Trump decision to pull troops out of northern Syria Sen. Lindsey Graham, a usually staunch ally of President Trump, slammed the president’s sudden decision to withdraw troops from Syria, warning that it could lead to the resurgence of the Islamic State and more Iranian influence in the region....
15:42 2019-10-07

Secretary-General condemns attacks on UN peacekeepers in Mali The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned two separate attacks on Sunday against the organization’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which left one peacekeeper dead and four others injured....
09:28 2019-10-07

Army specialist with heroic claim of saving children during El Paso shooting arrested for desertion An Army specialist who claimed to save multiple children during the August mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, was arrested for allegedly deserting his Fort Bliss post....
08:28 2019-10-06

Colorado teen who thwarted school shooter graduates from Marine boot camp A teenager known for heroically thwarting the attempt of a gunman to kill scores of students and faculty as he attended class at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado has officially become a United States Marine....
08:28 2019-10-06

North Korea claims nuclear talks with US broke down in less than a day A fresh attempt at denuclearization talks between U.S. and North Korean officials broke down within a day, Pyongyang's top nuclear negotiator announced Saturday....
08:28 2019-10-06

‘Wishful thinking': State Department denies North Korea talks broke down Negotiations to dismantle the North Korea nuclear weapons program have not broken down, according to a State Department official who disputed the regime’s negative assessment....
08:28 2019-10-06

Most illegal crossings in 12 years: Border Patrol took 851,000 into custody during fiscal 2019 Border Patrol agents working along the U.S.-Mexico border took into custody approximately 851,000 people in the U.S. government’s fiscal 2019, marking the highest number of arrests since 2007, according to federal data exclusively obtained by the Was...
16:28 2019-10-05

'Doesn't look nice': Trump’s call for Ukraine to investigate Biden rattles Europe President Trump’s push for a Ukrainian investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden looks self-serving to diplomats and analysts involved in Ukrainian issues....
16:28 2019-10-05

Kurt Volker: Trump accusation against Biden has ‘no credibility’ President Trump’s accusations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden have “no credibility,” said the man at the center of the Ukraine controversy....
09:42 2019-10-05

Texts show US diplomat denouncing ‘crazy’ Trump plan to withhold military aid from Ukraine ‘for help with a political campaign’ House Democrats released reams of text messages between top U.S. envoys to Ukraine that they said show "serious concerns" by a State Department official about whether the Trump administration was withholding a potential meeting and millions of dollar...
15:00 2019-10-04

China parades new weapons superior to America’s, including hypersonic missile ‘immune” to defensive systems RED STORM RISING: It been a few days since China rolled some of its new ballistic missiles through the streets of Beijing in a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of communist rule. And experts who have examined the video footage from the even...
15:00 2019-10-04

American soldier injured in Somalia terror attack days ahead of Black Hawk Down anniversary Al Shabab terrorists attacked an airfield in Somalia on Monday, injuring one service member just days ahead of the anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu....
06:42 2019-10-04

'Shit just didn't line up': Troops dispute Army claim that wind was factor in botched nighttime parachute jump Soldiers at Camp Shelby dispute commanders' claims that wind was a factor in a botched nighttime parachute jump that left at least 22 soldiers injured Wednesday during a training exercise....
06:42 2019-10-04

Australia denies conspiring against Trump in 2016 election Australian officials denied yesterday that one of their diplomats conspired against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign during the 2016 election. Officials sent the denial to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham regarding a letter Graham sent on...
06:42 2019-10-04

Top NATO general has had ‘zero conversations’ with US allies about increasing military aid to Ukraine The top commander of western forces in Europe has not discussed the military contributions of allies to Ukraine, the four-star American general told reporters today at the Pentagon....
06:42 2019-10-04

Esper not on Trump's Ukraine phone call, but Pentagon will preserve documents on Ukraine aid freeze Defense Secretary Mark Esper did not take part in a July phone call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine, the Pentagon confirmed on Thursday, but, a spokesman said, the department will be preserving documentation related to a freeze o...
06:42 2019-10-04

Top envoys to Ukraine drafted statement that would have committed Ukraine to pursuing investigations Following the July call at the center of a whistleblower complaint against President Trump, two top U.S. diplomats drafted a statement to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that would have committed the country to looking into Trump’s political r...
06:42 2019-10-04

Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia revealed a glaring gap in American missile defenses The Iranian attack on Saudi oil facilities Sept. 14 pulled the curtain back on one of the Pentagon's inconvenient truths, namely that despite untold billions spent on missile defense, the United States does not have a reliable shield against low-flyi...
06:42 2019-10-04

New electoral law for Somalia ‘a crucial next step’ says top UN envoy, addressing Partnership Forum The Somalia Partnership Forum concluded on Wednesday in the capital Mogadishu, with attendees - including the UN Special Representative for the country - taking stock of progress made, while also noting remaining challenges and agreeing on a set of p...
05:56 2019-10-04

‘Not going to take a fall': Kurt Volker, former Ukraine envoy, poised to dispute Giuliani in congressional testimony Kurt Volker, the former special representative for Ukraine negotiations, will dispute Rudy Giuliani’s account of back channel meetings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, sources told the Washington Examiner....
14:00 2019-10-03

Anti-government protests rock Iraq as security forces open fire on crowds in Baghdad CRISIS IN IRAQ: Protests that apparently began with Iraqis on social media complaining about unemployment, corruption, and lack of basic services have spread across the country and turned violent....
14:00 2019-10-03

‘Not going to take a fall:' Kurt Volker, former Ukraine envoy, poised to dispute Giuliani in congressional testimony Kurt Volker, the former special representative for Ukraine negotiations, will dispute Rudy Giuliani’s account of back channel meetings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, sources told the Washington Examiner....
03:42 2019-10-03

North Korea conducts missile test a day after announcing weekend talks with US North Korea has test-fired a projectile off its southeast coast and into the Sea of Japan just hours after planned working-level talks were announced....
23:14 2019-10-02

'Woefully inadequate': Pompeo accuses Democrats of bullying him over Ukraine House Democrats are attempting “to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly” State Department employees into cooperating with an impeachment inquiry, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo....
23:14 2019-10-02

North Korea punctuates return to nuclear talks with undersea missile test FROM THE SEA: North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from what is believed to be an underwater platform off its east coast as it continues to develop the capability of launching nuclear weapons from a submarine....
23:14 2019-10-02

Amid impeachment furor, Barr and John Durham flew to Rome to hear a secret tape of Joseph Mifsud, mysterious professor at center of Mueller investigation Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham met with Italian intelligence and listened to a secret recording of Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious professor at the center of the Trump-Russia saga....
23:14 2019-10-02

Ukraine found out US aid was suspended weeks after Trump-Zelensky phone call Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not know President Trump had suspended U.S. aid to his country until a month after the two spoke on the phone on July 25....
23:14 2019-10-02

Decades-Old Code Is Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk Nearly two decades ago, a company called Interpeak created a network protocol that became an industry standard. It also had severe bugs that are only now coming to light....
06:28 2019-10-02

Susan Rice: Obama only kept call transcripts in separate system if classified at ‘highest level’ Susan Rice, who served as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, said the previous administration kept transcripts of calls with foreign leaders in a separate computer system — but only if the contents of the conversations were highly cl...
16:56 2019-10-01

Trump welcomes new joint chiefs chairman at Pentagon as impeachment debate swirls TURNOVER AMID TURMOIL: President Trump is scheduled to join Defense Secretary Mark Esper at this morning’s Armed Forces welcome ceremony for his pick to be joint chiefs chairman, Army Gen. Mark Milley. Milley, who Trump announced via tweet last year,...
16:56 2019-10-01

'Conned': Road to Trump impeachment may have begun with Giuliani getting played by Ukrainian prosecutor President Trump faces impeachment because personal attorney Rudy Giuliani was manipulated by a disreputable official who hoped to avoid being fired by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to regional analysts and anti-corruption activist...
16:56 2019-10-01

John Bolton: North Korea not ready to give up its nuclear weapons BOLTON ‘UNVARNISHED’: Former national security adviser John Bolton, in his first major speech since he was fired (or quit) last month, has disputed President Trump’s rosy view of North Korea’s nuclear intentions....
16:56 2019-10-01

Central African Republic: Three UN peacekeepers killed following helicopter crash Three peacekeepers were killed and a fourth was severely injured after a helicopter crashed on Friday morning local time, in the west of the Central African Republic, the UN mission to the country (MINUSCA) has confirmed. ...
05:14 2019-10-01

Monday's Daily Brief: Hopes rise for peace in Syria and Yemen, UNGA speeches end, Guterres saddened by India flood deaths 'Sign of hope' for long-suffering Syrians as new committee forms; Yemen prisoner release signals hope for Yemen; Assembly President closes formal Debate; Refugees evacuated from Libya to Rwanda; Multilingualism observed on World Day....
05:14 2019-10-01

Why big ISPs aren’t happy about Google’s plans for encrypted DNS Enlarge (credit: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images) When you visit a new website, your computer probably submits a request to the domain name system (DNS) to translate the domain name (like arstechnica.com) to an IP address. Currently, mo...
05:14 2019-10-01

Central African Republic: Four UN peacekeepers killed following helicopter crash Three peacekeepers were killed and a fourth was severely injured after a helicopter crashed on Friday morning local time, in the west of the Central African Republic, the UN mission to the country (MINUSCA) has confirmed. The injured 'blue helmet' la...
19:42 2019-09-30

Constitutional Committee breakthrough offers ‘sign of hope’ for long-suffering Syrians There is a “sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people” as a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, credible and inclusive Constitutional Committee is set to start deliberations next month, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country told the Security...
19:42 2019-09-30

Guterres welcomes conduct of Afghan elections, commends ‘all who braved security concerns to uphold their right to vote’ UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the conduct of presidential elections in Afghanistan on 28 September and commended all Afghans “who exercised their democratic voice and upheld their right to vote, braving security concerns”....
02:14 2019-09-30

Susan Rice says Obama only kept call transcripts in separate system if classified Susan Rice, who served as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, said the previous administration kept transcripts of calls with foreign leaders in a separate computer system — but only if the contents of the conversations were highly cl...
04:00 2019-09-29

Guinea-Bissau spotlights threats of organized crime, Sahel terrorism in speech to UN Assembly Organized criminal networks continue to pose a threat to Guinea-Bissau and undermine stability in the West African nation, Foreign Minister Suzi Barbosa said in her speech on Saturday to the UN General Assembly....
03:42 2019-09-29

The 24 names in the Ukraine whistleblower complaint that could doom Trump An intelligence community whistleblower complaint centered upon a July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was released on Thursday, setting off a political firestorm in Washington, D.C., as Democrats purs...
20:00 2019-09-28

'Blackmail concern': Army official at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago accused of uploading child pornography to Russian website A U.S. Army official responsible for all White House communications at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort uploaded photos of a scantily clad young girl to a seedy Russian website, according to prosecutors....
20:00 2019-09-28

Central African Republic: Three UN peacekeepers killed, fourth injured following helicopter crash Three peacekeepers were killed and a fourth was severely injured after a helicopter crashed on Friday morning local time, in the west of the Central African Republic, the UN mission to the country (MINUSCA) has confirmed....
09:42 2019-09-28

Unable to accept its decline, West subverts international law to suit its needs, Russia’s Lavrov tells UN While crediting the United Nations for preventing ‘World War III’, the Foreign Minister of Russia lamented to the General Assembly on Friday that the number of conflicts on the planet has not declined, nor has enmity weakened....
09:42 2019-09-28

Venezuela Vice-President speaks out against ‘coup d’etat’, $130 bn lost to ‘economic terrorism’ The Vice-President of Venezuela on Friday criticized administrations which have recognized National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as leader of the South American country....
09:42 2019-09-28

'The woman was bad news': Diplomats defend US ambassador to Ukraine who Trump fired and denounced Marie Yovanovitch, who was recalled by President Trump as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and denigrated by him in the phone call that is now at the center of a whistleblower complaint and potential impeachment proceedings, was born in Canada to parents w...
00:00 2019-09-28

'Spaghetti at the wall': Russia rewriting World War II history to justify modern aggression Several Twitter accounts belonging to the Russian Foreign Ministry have been pushing false narratives about the Soviet Union's involvement in World War II in what experts believe is an attempt to justify the Kremlin's recent actions....
22:56 2019-09-27

Reclaiming the night: UN says Taliban fighters acquiring nocturnal goggles and sniper rifles to seize advantage United States and Afghan troops may be at risk of losing their nighttime advantage after the United Nations warned in a report that Taliban fighters were acquiring night vision goggles and sniper rifles....
22:56 2019-09-27

Sudan at the start of ‘long road to recovery’, UN chief tells high-level meeting Sudan is now on the long road to socio-economic recovery, following the establishment of a civilian-led government, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a high-level meeting on Friday, at UN Headquarters in New York....
22:00 2019-09-27

Trump Still Doesn't Believe Russia Hacked the 2016 Election Trump has publicly played down Russia's role in the 2016 election. But even privately, he trusts conspiracy theories more than US intelligence agencies....
19:42 2019-09-27

‘No place for violence, intimidation or fraud’ in Afghan elections: UN chief All key actors in Afghanistan must “uphold their responsibility to support a peaceful, credible, transparent and inclusive electoral process”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Friday, the day before presidential elections ...
17:42 2019-09-27

US sees ‘glimmer of hope’ for political settlement in Syria as it accuses Assad of chemical attack in May ‘GLIMMER OF HOPE’: With the war in Syria in its ninth year, the United States is renewing a push for a political settlement in the hopes of preventing more deaths in the conflict that has already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced m...
14:56 2019-09-27

US sanctions Cuba’s Castro for propping up Venezuela’s Maduro President Trump is barring Cuban Communist leader Raúl Castro and his children from entering the United States, citing human rights abuses and his regime’s support for Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro....
12:28 2019-09-27

'I have to put up with Adam Schiff': Trump unloads following acting DNI Maguire testimony President Trump unloaded on Democrats and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff in his first public statements after acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified in front of Schiff's committee on Thursday....
12:28 2019-09-27

US sending 200 troops and Patriot missile battery to Saudi Arabia after Iranian attack The Pentagon is sending 200 soldiers, a Patriot missile defense battery, and four radar systems to Saudi Arabia in response to Iran's attack on Saudi oil facilities earlier this month....
12:28 2019-09-27

Trump: Person who provided whistleblower info 'close to a spy,' alludes to how spies faced capital punishment in past President Trump told a group of people that the individual who provided the whistleblower with information is “close to a spy” and alluded to the “old days” when punishment for spying was handled differently....
12:28 2019-09-27

'Pillows and sheets' vs. 'tank busters'? The military aid Trump and Obama sent to Ukraine A $391 million military assistance package for Ukraine is at the center of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry, with President Trump protesting that his predecessor sent "pillows and sheets" while he, after briefly delaying the aid, sent lethal weapon...
12:28 2019-09-27

Support for impeachment rises 7% amid whistleblower complaint: Poll In some of the first polling data since Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, a survey found that support for his impeachment has risen 7%....
12:28 2019-09-27

'It was chlorine': Mike Pompeo accuses Bashar Assad of using chemical weapons Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces used chemical weapons during an assault against the final rebel-held region of the country, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo....
12:28 2019-09-27

Iran cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons: Israeli Foreign Minister The international community must join together to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, the Foreign Minister of Israel told the UN General Assembly on Thursday evening....
03:28 2019-09-27

As ‘the last European divided country’, Cyprus President tells Assembly UN is ‘the only way forward’ The past 45 years of “unacceptable status quo” has prevented lasting peace and stability in Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday....
00:00 2019-09-27

Elimination of nuclear weapons ‘only real way’ to allay fear of a constant threat, Guterres insists Progress made in reducing the danger posed by nuclear arsenals has not only come to a halt, “it is going in reverse”, and any use of a nuclear weapon in the future would ignite “a humanitarian catastrophe.” ...
00:00 2019-09-27

African cooperation on peace ‘increasingly strong’, Security Council told African countries are building increasingly strong partnerships for advancing peace and security, as well as inclusive sustainable development across the continent, the Security Council heard on Thursday, during a briefing by the UN Secretary-General...
00:00 2019-09-27

Congress Grills Joseph Maguire Over Trump's Whistle-Blower Scandal Acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire answered Congress's questions about the Ukraine whistle-blower complaint—but not always to satisfaction....
20:56 2019-09-26

Read the Trump Whistleblower Complaint Right Here A conversation between Donald Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky sparked a detailed complaint from an intelligence community whistleblower. Here it is....
16:28 2019-09-26

Esper tries to steer Pentagon away from politics as military aid to Ukraine takes center stage in Washington ESPER WALKS FINE LINE: In a way, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are in a similar delicate position. Neither can be seen to be publicly contradicting President Trump on his decision to delay — and then rel...
14:00 2019-09-26

Trump tells Ukrainian president: 'I gave you anti-tank busters' while Obama gave you pillows President Trump took a jab at former President Barack Obama regarding the type of aid the United States sent to Ukraine to support their fight against pro-Russian separatists....
08:00 2019-09-26

New indictment piles on evidence of Hezbollah terrorist activity in US An indictment filed in the Southern District of New York last week against a New Jersey man on terror-related charges revealed strong evidence of organized Hezbollah activity in the United States....
08:00 2019-09-26

‘Ready to spend our national strength’: Iran’s Rouhani warns Saudi Arabia could see more attacks Saudi Arabia is still vulnerable to attacks like the recent strike against a pair of oil facilities, an Iranian official warned after rebuffing any negotiations with the United States....
08:00 2019-09-26

Navy declares 80% of its F-18 fighter planes are finally ready to fight The Navy announced on Tuesday that its F-18 fighter plane fleet is 80% mission capable, meeting a goal mandated by former Secretary of Defense James Mattis last year....
08:00 2019-09-26

'Expendable scapegoats': Navy SEALs say they were fired due to a 'Gallagher effect' that undermined Trump Two former Navy SEAL leaders filed a complaint with the Pentagon inspector general alleging they were unjustly fired from their posts partly due to a so-called "Gallagher effect" they did not address within the team....
08:00 2019-09-26

Central African Republic President says country ‘remains fragile’, despite progress on peace deal President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of the Central African Republic (CAR), addressing the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate, spotlighted “modest but sure” progress in implementing the landmark peace agreement signed by his Government and 14...
02:00 2019-09-26

UN chief urges scaled up response for peace, across troubled Sahel’s region Humanitarian and development responses for Mali and Africa’s wider Sahel region “are falling short”, and support must be scaled up to ensure a hopeful future for its people, the Secretary-General told world leaders at a special high level meeting ins...
02:00 2019-09-26

Signs DR Congo Ebola outbreak finally ‘on the retreat’ but risk of international spread, ‘still high’ The second worst Ebola outbreak in history is “on the retreat” said the UN’s health agency chief on Wednesday, warning however that there is no room for complacency, with dozens of new cases each week still being recorded in eastern Democratic Republ...
02:00 2019-09-26

Strong leaders care about all people, not just their own citizens, Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says at UN Advances in weaponry have made the world smaller, which means leaders are not only responsible for the fate of their citizens but of everyone else on the planet, the President of Ukraine told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday....
21:28 2019-09-25

Security Council debates closer links between multilateral organizations in Europe and Asia Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the move to increase cooperation between the UN and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Wedne...
21:28 2019-09-25

At UN, Iran proposes ‘coalition for hope’ to pull Gulf region from ‘edge of collapse’ The Gulf region is “on the edge of collapse”, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told world leaders on Wednesday at the annual high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly, saying that “a single blunder can fuel a big fire”....
21:28 2019-09-25

Trump claims delay in Ukraine military aid was about getting allies to pick up the tab NO PRESSURE, JUST BURDEN SHARING: Now under an impeachment inquiry by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, President Trump offered a new rationale yesterday for why he held up congressionally appropriated military assistance to Ukraine...
20:00 2019-09-25

'At the mercy of an incident': Macron warns that Middle East is one step away from war Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities has increased the potential for war, French President Emmanuel Macron warned while calling for a new round of negotiations with the pariah regime....
06:42 2019-09-25

'Leverage in every crisis': Turkey’s Erdogan hints at pursuing nuclear weapons Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hinted at an interest in acquiring nuclear weapons, telling the United Nations that it is unjust for the weapons to be possessed only by major powers....
06:42 2019-09-25

Lawsuit by Hamas victims against Turkish bank aims to expose Ankara's support for Palestinian terror The survivors of a 2015 terrorist attack in the West Bank have filed a lawsuit against a bank with ties to the Turkish government on Monday, accusing the institution of supporting the terrorist group Hamas....
06:42 2019-09-25

Kazakhstan continues to push for a nuclear-free world Kazakhstan, the Central Asian country which has renounced nuclear weapons, continued on Tuesday to urge the international community to make a nuclear-free world reality....
06:14 2019-09-25

'Asleep at the switch': Giuliani blasts Obama for failing to investigate Biden and son Hunter NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani says Barack Obama had to be “asleep at the switch” to keep his vice president, Joe Biden, in charge of Ukraine policy while Biden’s son Hunter worked for “the crookedest guy in Ukraine.”...
03:00 2019-09-25

Trump’s Ukraine Mess Feels a Little Too Familiar The unfolding drama ties two key threads of the Trump era: foreign interference in US elections and the president's distrust of his own intel agencies....
20:14 2019-09-24

Brazilian President speaks out against ‘media lies’ surrounding Amazon fires Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro spoke out against what he characterized as “media lies” about the Amazon and  alleged manipulation of the indigenous people who live there....
18:42 2019-09-24

Trump declares Iran sanctions will be tightened to counter its 'bloodlust' President Trump pledged to continue tightening economic sanctions on Iran, citing a recent attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities as evidence of the need to cut off funding for the regime....
18:14 2019-09-24

In ‘world of disquiet’, UN must deliver for the people, Guterres tells General Assembly We are living in “a world of disquiet”, the United Nations chief told the High-level session of the General Assembly on Tuesday, urging the Heads of States present to advance “common good” while upholding “shared humanity and values”....
17:56 2019-09-24

Deal or no deal: It’s all the same to Trump 3RD N. KOREA SUMMIT DEFINITELY MAY OR MAY NOT HAPPEN: You can often tell how much President Trump wants something by how much he insists it doesn’t really matter one way or the other....
14:42 2019-09-24

UN chief announces progress on committee to shape Syria's political future UN-led discussions to secure a peaceful future for the people of Syria have resulted in agreement by the country’s Government and opposition representatives to the formation of a new Constitutional Committee in a bid to end the “tragedy” of more than...
10:42 2019-09-24

Military wants to use gene editing to protect troops against chemical and biological weapons The Pentagon's research agency wants to explore the possibility of editing a soldier's genetic makeup to protect against chemical and biological attacks....
08:14 2019-09-24

Israeli Arab lawmakers reject Benjamin Netanyahu, but he's still in the race A group of Israeli Arab lawmakers delivered a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the negotiations over who emerges victorious from inconclusive parliamentary elections, but the jockeying for power isn’t over....
08:14 2019-09-24

John Bolton fought Trump for release of delayed Ukraine military aid Former White House national security adviser John Bolton reportedly pushed President Trump to release military aid to Ukraine that the administration withheld until earlier this month....
08:14 2019-09-24

US ‘prevent defense’ aims at playing the long game against Iran PLAYING ‘PREVENT DEFENSE’: In football, the “prevent defense” is a game plan that is focused on playing not to lose. It usually involves adding an extra cornerback to prevent the opposing team from completing the long bomb. It’s a strategy only emplo...
15:28 2019-09-23

Mysterious underground facilities discovered near North Korea nuclear complex While the future of talks between the United States and North Korea remains uncertain, satellite imagery of a North Korean nuclear complex has revealed the existence of two secret underground facilities....
09:56 2019-09-23

The ever-quotable Jim Mattis: The wit and wisdom of a wizened warrior Before he was President Trump’s surprise pick for defense secretary, Jim Mattis was a retired Marine general, leisurely writing a book about the leadership lessons he learned in the course of a legendary 43-year career....
09:56 2019-09-23

Edward Snowden in His Own Words: Why I Became a Whistle-Blower Book excerpt: As a systems administrator, the young man who would expose vast, secret US surveillance saw freedom being encroached and decided he had to act....
15:56 2019-09-22

'More to be told': New York Times reporter says Ukraine story a 'significant liability' for Joe Biden A New York Times reporter says Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden faces a "significant liability" in a developing story about allegations that the former vice president may have pressured the Ukrainian government on behalf of his lobbyist so...
11:28 2019-09-22

Whistleblower 'didn’t have direct knowledge of the communications' between Trump and Ukraine The whistleblower who filed a complaint with the intelligence community inspector general did not have direct knowledge of the communications between President Trump and the foreign leader in question....
23:42 2019-09-21

Tulsi Gabbard: Trump's Saudi Arabia troop deployment could ‘lead us to an all-out inferno of a war’ DES MOINES, Iowa — Tulsi Gabbard warned that President Trump’s newly announced deployment of troops and weapons to Saudi Arabia threatens instability in the region and could lead to a major war with Iran....
23:42 2019-09-21

‘We’ll see who’s right’: Republicans slam Democrats over Carter Page ‘FISA abuse’ Republicans and Democrats clashed during a rare congressional hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act as the reauthorization deadline for key surveillance powers looms....
11:42 2019-09-21

Friday's Daily Brief: World youth call for climate action and peace, record food needs met in Yemen, exclusive sit down with UN chief A recap of Friday’s top stories: Climate emergency threatening peace progress; Guterres urges States bring concrete answers to GA; Migrant shooting in Libya signals danger; Xenophobia attacks rise in South Africa; Record number get UN food aid in Lib...
04:42 2019-09-21

Republicans and Democrats clash during rare FISA hearing on Capitol Hill Republicans and Democrats clashed during a rare congressional hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act as the reauthorization deadline for key surveillance powers looms....
22:28 2019-09-20

Pelosi: Trump 'must' hand over whistleblower complaint House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Trump “must” allow the intelligence community's inspector general to give Democrats the information he received from a whistleblower about the president’s call with a foreign leader....
22:28 2019-09-20

Climate emergency ‘a new danger’ to peace, youth activists hear ahead of World Day Among the efforts to build a sustainably peaceful world, “urgent climate action is needed” to curb environmental threats to all our well-being and security, the Secretary-General told the annual peace gathering in New York on Friday, addressing a lar...
20:28 2019-09-20

UN staff and young people support global action on climate crisis Staff at UN Headquarters in New York joined untold numbers of students, scientists, labour groups and everyday people worldwide who took to the streets on Friday in to demand action to address climate change....
20:28 2019-09-20

Pentagon fears a return to budget uncertainty as Democrats and Republicans squabble over wall funding and other issues HERE WE GO AGAIN: The House yesterday, on a vote of 301-123, passed a continuing resolution to continue funding the Pentagon and other agencies at 2019 levels through Nov. 21. That gives lawmakers another seven weeks to try to work out their differen...
16:28 2019-09-20

We All Could Pay a Price for the Latest Slap at Huawei An international cybersecurity group has evicted the Chinese telecom company to comply with US sanctions. That could allow malware to spread more easily....
10:00 2019-09-20

‘I did what I did on my own’: Giuliani insists no Trump connection to Ukraine dealings investigated by House Rudy Giuliani said he has "no idea" what President Trump told the new Ukrainian president in a phone call that could be the subject of a damning Intelligence Community whistleblower complaint....
05:14 2019-09-20

'Reagan showed that you can do it' The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, was a landmark Cold War agreement that banned nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges...
05:14 2019-09-20

Pentagon says US will defer to Saudis on whether to blame Iran for attack The United States will allow Saudi Arabia to decide if there is enough evidence to accuse Iran of conducting last week’s drone and missile strike that crippled two Saudi oil production facilities, the Pentagon says....
02:56 2019-09-20

State Department: ISIS scaring Taliban into peace talks with US Taliban leaders have an interest in negotiating with the United States because of the risk that an Islamic State offshoot will establish a caliphate in Afghanistan, according to a senior diplomat....
02:56 2019-09-20

'Unidentified aerial phenomena': Leaked UFO footage genuine, Navy confirms The U.S. Navy confirmed this week that three leaked videos of unidentified flying objects were the real deal, calling them "unidentified aerial phenomena."...
19:28 2019-09-19

Afghanistan peace process might take years just to begin, Trump administration auditor warns The administration's top Afghanistan auditor threw cold water on President Trump’s plan to broker peace and quickly withdraw American troops from the country, saying that the process might not even begin for years....
19:28 2019-09-19

Wednesday's Daily Brief: 'Ambition and action', key to UNGA, South Sudan, Cameroon peace process updates A recap of Wednesday's top stories: Guterres previews next week's summit agenda; UN and Red Cross appeal to eliminate urban warfare; South Sudan's one-year peace progress report; Cameroon renews call for 'durable peace'; Cities both helping and hurti...
19:00 2019-09-19

Trump leans away from striking Iran: ‘How did going in Iraq work out?’ ‘ACT OF WAR,’ NOW WHAT?: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated the obvious yesterday, referring to last week’s drone and cruise missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure as “an act of war.” Generally speaking, any time one country deliberat...
14:42 2019-09-19

ISIS video found on phone of airline mechanic accused of sabotaging airplane in Miami An American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging an airplane in Miami this July reportedly had Islamic State-sponsored video content on his personal phone....
05:56 2019-09-19

The Pentagon is taking on ISIS 'clandestine insurgency' The remnants of the Islamic State have returned to the group's insurgent roots since the destruction of its land caliphate earlier this year, but it may be regrouping to make another land grab, the Pentagon says....
05:56 2019-09-19

John Bolton trashes Trump a week after ouster Former White House national security adviser John Bolton slammed President Trump in front of a private audience, roughly eight days since being ousted from the White House....
05:56 2019-09-19

Intelligence Community whistleblower complaint reportedly relates to Trump call with foreign leader The whistleblower complaint at the center of a fight between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the nation's acting spy chief relates to a phone call President Trump had with a foreign leader....
05:56 2019-09-19

New national security adviser attacked Trump for being 'chummy' with Putin President Trump’s incoming national security adviser suggested during the 2016 Republican primary campaign that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz attack then-candidate Donald Trump's attitude toward Russian President Vladimir Putin....
05:56 2019-09-19

Trump's new national security adviser Robert O'Brien was hailed by Mitt Romney in 2016 Incoming White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien was pushed by Mitt Romney, a Trump critic and failed 2012 Republican nominee, as an ideal person for the role in 2016....
05:56 2019-09-19

UN and Red Cross chiefs appeal for end to use of explosive weapons in cities With some 50 million people in urban areas suffering from the impact of armed conflict, war in cities “cannot be back page news”, the UN Secretary-General and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday....
18:00 2019-09-18

Pompeo meets with Saudis to coordinate response to suspected Iranian attacks POMPEO’S GULF MISSION: President Trump has dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to coordinate the response to Saturday’s missile and drone strike that temporarily knocked out about half of Saudi Arabi...
14:56 2019-09-18

Trump mulling Iran response: ‘I don't want war with anybody’ BACK FROM THE BRINK: President Trump took a step back from the “locked and loaded” rhetoric of his Sunday night tweet, telling reporters, “I don't want war with anybody,” and declining to name Iran as the country behind the drone and missile attack t...
05:56 2019-09-18

Green Beret from Tennessee is 17th US combat death in 2019, as violence flares in Afghanistan The Pentagon has identified the American special forces soldier killed in action in eastern Afghanistan Monday as Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, 40, from Greenbrier, Tennessee....
05:56 2019-09-18

America Firsters aim to scrub Brian Hook off national security adviser list President Trump’s “America First” allies are waging a campaign to force Brian Hook out of consideration to replace John Bolton as national security adviser....
05:56 2019-09-18

Trump names five finalists for national security adviser President Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he now has five finalists for the position of national security adviser, though an aide later said there were more....
05:56 2019-09-18

Pence outlines plan to deter Iran’s regional attacks Vice President Mike Pence briefed Senate Republicans in a closed-door meeting Tuesday on the oil field attack in Saudi Arabia and how the United States could respond, calling for America to “restore deterrence” of Iran’s attacks in the region....
05:56 2019-09-18

Air Force leadership implores public not to storm Area 51 Air Force leaders are asking the public not to storm Area 51 to "see them aliens" after a Facebook event intended to be a joke went viral and attracted millions of potential attendees....
05:56 2019-09-18

After 6 Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself In a new memoir and interview, the world’s most famous whistle-blower elucidates as never before why he stood up to mass surveillance—and his love for an internet that no longer exists....
17:28 2019-09-17

A Brutal Murder, a Wearable Witness, and an Unlikely Suspect Karen Navarra was a quiet woman in her sixties who lived alone. She was found beaten to death. The neighbors didn't see anything. But her Fitbit did....
17:28 2019-09-17

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher sues former lawyers and veteran legal defense fund Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, acquitted of murder in July, is suing his former lawyers and a veterans legal defense fund, alleging they intentionally delayed his trial in a "money-making scheme."...
06:56 2019-09-17

Pentagon chief blames Iran for 'unprecedented attack' on Saudi oil facilities as military considers options Secretary of Defense Mark Esper blamed Iran for a series of coordinated attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities following a meeting at the White House to brief President Trump on the situation, saying that the Pentagon was considering its options....
06:56 2019-09-17

US and India on verge of trade agreement breakthrough, officials say U.S. and Indian officials are nearing a trade negotiation breakthrough, according to multiple administration officials and industry insiders familiar with the talks, hoping to unveil at least a preliminary agreement during Indian Prime Minister Naren...
06:56 2019-09-17

Trump ‘locked and loaded’ to strike Iran but waiting for smoking gun DRUMS OF WAR: That rhythmic pounding sound you hear from Washington is the growing drumbeat for military action to punish Iran for the Saturday strikes on two Saudi processing facilities that cut the country’s oil production in half....
17:28 2019-09-16

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself In a new memoir and interview, the world’s most famous whistle-blower elucidates as never before why he stood up to mass surveillance—and his love for an internet that no longer exists....
13:28 2019-09-16

Guterres calls for ‘maximum restraint’ following drone assault on key Saudi oil facility The UN Secretary-General appealed on Sunday for “maximum restraint" following a wave of drone attacks claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, against a huge Saudi Arabian State-owned Armco petroleum processing facility, which threatens to disrupt global o...
23:56 2019-09-15

Trump confirms death of Osama bin Laden's son Hamza in US counterterrorism operation Hamza bin Laden, the son of late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation, President Trump announced in a statement on Saturday....
07:00 2019-09-15

Bolton reportedly resigned after Trump raised possibility of relieving Iran sanctions Former national security adviser John Bolton resigned from his position this week after President Trump suggested relieving some sanctions on Iran, a source close to Bolton told Axios....
07:00 2019-09-15

Trump discusses potential US-Israel defense treaty with Netanyahu days before Israeli elections President Trump tweeted on Saturday that he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone to talk about a potential defense treaty between Israel and the United States after the upcoming Israeli elections....
07:00 2019-09-15

'Is he confusing them?': Biden appears to have mixed up Iraq and Afghanistan in debate Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has made his foreign policy prowess and experience a centerpiece of his 2020 White House bid, appeared to mix up Iraq and Afghanistan in a debate answer on Thursday....
07:00 2019-09-15

'Arrogance': Mattis co-author Bing West says US efforts to transform Iraq and Afghanistan were doomed When Henry Kissinger told James Mattis he should write a book about his more than four decades in the Marine Corps, it was no surprise he chose fellow Marine Bing West to help him....
07:00 2019-09-15

New clues show how Russia’s grid hackers aimed for physical destruction Enlarge (credit: Joshua Lott/Bloomberg via Getty Images) For nearly three years, the December 2016 cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid has presented a menacing puzzle. Two days before Christmas that year, Russian hackers planted a unique specim...
15:42 2019-09-14

'They feasted on him': Cancer-stricken veteran bitten 100 times in VA facility ant infestation before dying An Air Force veteran battling cancer was bitten more than 100 times by ants days before he died at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Georgia, according to his daughter....
11:14 2019-09-14

'Read, read, read': Mattis won't say Trump should pick up his book but suggests he might learn about leadership if he did Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is on tour promoting his book Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, and while he wants to talk about what he learned leading troops in combat, all interviewers want to know about is his experience working for Presiden...
11:14 2019-09-14

Samantha Power: Iran deal backers went soft on human rights Supporters of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal wanted to ease pressure on the rogue regime in other areas as soon as the agreement was finalized, according to a former top U.S. diplomat....
11:14 2019-09-14

Pompeo: China and Russia have ‘morally reprehensible’ hypocrisy on human rights China and Russia have a “morally reprehensible” tactic of cloaking human rights abuses in hypocritical speeches, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo....
11:14 2019-09-14

UN General Assembly celebrates 20 years of promoting a culture of peace Just as the greatest global challenges cannot be solved by a single country, peace cannot be pursued in isolation, outgoing UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa said on Friday....
07:14 2019-09-14

Samantha Power reproached Obama for his 'distorted' account of Syria red line flip-flop As president, Barack Obama reversed a plan to punish Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons attacks and then gave a “distorted” account of the decision, according to a top adviser’s new memoir....
15:56 2019-09-13

Half of post-9/11 veterans report 'traumatic or distressing experiences' in the military Veterans who served after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, experienced more deployments, combat, and the difficulties that go along with them than previous generations....
15:56 2019-09-13

Israel blamed for spy devices found near White House Israel was most likely responsible for the cellphone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive areas around Washington, D.C., last year, according to former U.S. government officials....
15:56 2019-09-13

John Bolton's departure could resurrect Trump's Taliban talks President’s Trump’s split with former national security adviser John Bolton could foreshadow an effort to revive the Taliban peace talks that delivered the final blow to the pair's strained relationship....
15:56 2019-09-13

Senators ask why the military bombed 'a bunch of terrorists hiding in the bushes' with super-expensive F-35 Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee want to know why F-35s, which cost $35,000-an-hour each to fly, were used to strike "a bunch of terrorists hiding in the bushes" when cheaper options may have been available....
15:56 2019-09-13

‘Did it work, Mommy?’’: Top Obama aide describes moment she realized reality was more important than rhetoric Former ambassador Samantha Power credits her young son with teaching her not to be too proud of the speeches that won her prominence as an “impassioned” critic of Russian aggression....
15:56 2019-09-13

Jim Mattis on Osama bin Laden, how ancient history guides his modern strategy, and his pithy aphorisms Legendary military commander retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis is on a whirlwind publicity tour promoting his book Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, which he co-authored with Bing West. Washington Examiner senior writer Jamie McIntyre covered Mat...
15:56 2019-09-13

In Washington Examiner interview, Jim Mattis concedes he doesn't have all the answers MATTIS AND ME: Interviewing Jim Mattis is a challenge these days, in part because he’s everywhere promoting his book Call Sign Chaos and been asked almost everything, in part because of his steadfast refusal to criticize the sitting president directl...
15:56 2019-09-13

‘Reaffirm the sanctity’ of religious sites, says Guterres, launching new plan to ‘counter hate and violence’ Amidst a global call by Secretary-General António Guterres to “reaffirm the sanctity” of religious sites and keep worshippers safe, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on Thursday launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence aroun...
22:42 2019-09-12

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Religious site protection, South-South Cooperation, ‘UNComplicated’ airs, West Bank threat, vaccination, Hong Kong update A recap of Thursday’s top stories: UN Chief’s global call to safeguard religious sites; South-South Cooperation ‘accelerates’ towards SDGs; Guterres on West Bank annexation threat; WHO says one in 10 children not getting proper vaccines; Protestor pr...
22:42 2019-09-12

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Afghanistan ‘direct talks’ needed, Nicaragua rights crisis, Bangladesh monsoon and Libya detainees latest, Dorian update A recap of Monday’s top stories: All Afghans must participate in peace process; Nicaragua’s rights crisis can be resolved says Bachelet; Rohingya refugees impacted by monsoon rains; Libya detainees to be evacuated to Rwanda; and multiple donors show ...
04:14 2019-09-12

Pompeo could 'pull a Kissinger' and replace Bolton while remaining secretary of state: Sources As President Trump begins considering replacements for former national security adviser John Bolton, sources close to the administration say it's possible Trump will make an unusual pick and ask Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to fill the role....
23:56 2019-09-11

National security 'chaos': John Brennan says Bolton ouster sends a signal to American enemies Former CIA Director John Brennan said he believes America's enemies are aware of "significant" mayhem in the Trump administration's national security apparatus....
23:56 2019-09-11

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau calls election as Mounties say he's stonewalling on scandal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could have called an election any day up until Sept. 15, the deadline under Canada’s 12-year-old fixed-date election law. He decided Sept. 10 to make the announcement on Sept. 11, and the timing proved particula...
23:56 2019-09-11

Four military working dogs given nation's top award for their service Four military working dogs were honored for their service at American Humane's fourth annual K-9 Medal of Courage awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday....
18:14 2019-09-11

Special Sept. 11 edition: The truth about the 9/11 attacks still in question 18 years later WHERE WERE YOU?: Everyone who is old enough has a story about where he or she was on that bright, cloudless Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Me? I was in my car in the Pentagon parking lot when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York and a...
18:14 2019-09-11

'Strategically confused': 18 years after 9/11, concern the US still doesn't know its enemy persists After 18 years, two wars, multiple conflicts, and billions of dollars spent, the United States is still grappling with the threat posed by international terrorism, but questions linger as to whether policymakers truly understand their adversary....
18:14 2019-09-11

'I hated my voting instructions': Samantha Power defied Obama to block Russia from UN body Russia lost a 2016 election to the United Nations Human Rights Council because President Barack Obama’s U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power defied his order to support Moscow’s bid, her new memoir reveals....
18:14 2019-09-11

Mnuchin dismisses question by CNN's Jim Acosta as 'ridiculous' Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta's question as "ridiculous" during a press briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo....
10:42 2019-09-11

Ted Cruz: John Bolton ouster may signal 'deep state forces' winning fight to salvage Obama Iran deal Sen. Ted Cruz openly speculated that "deep state forces" may have influenced President Trump's decision to force out national security adviser John Bolton....
10:42 2019-09-11

The potential for a 'miscalculated' enemy cyberattack keeps me up at night, warns Pentagon cyber chief If there is one thing that keeps the Pentagon's cyber chief up at night, it's the potential for an enemy to "miscalculate" a cyberattack that creates much more damage than is intended....
10:42 2019-09-11

Trump team says Iran maximum pressure policy won't change, but some hawks worry President Trump doesn’t intend to relent in his maximum pressure campaign against Iran, the remaining architects of the policy maintained after the exit of White House national security adviser John Bolton....
10:42 2019-09-11

Senators call for defense bill to include addition of 'Lost 74' sailors to Vietnam Memorial A bipartisan group of senators called upon the Armed Services Committee to authorize the addition of the names of the “Lost 74” sailors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the National Defense Authorization Act....
23:42 2019-09-10

John Bolton's firing won't fix Trump's widening foreign policy holes President Trump was clear about why he fired national security adviser John Bolton: "I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation."...
23:42 2019-09-10

'I resigned': Bolton fights back after Trump says he fired him Former national security adviser John Bolton is pushing back against President Trump for saying that he fired him. Bolton, 70, is instead claiming that he offered his resignation....
23:42 2019-09-10

'Not going quietly': Internet howls over Trump firing of John Bolton Voices across social media erupted in a chorus of criticism and praise for President Trump after he announced that national security adviser John Bolton had been terminated from his post at the White House....
23:42 2019-09-10

Pentagon eyeing 'Harley riding, tequila-drinking Navy SEAL' to oversee special operations The Trump administration is considering bringing in a self-described "Harley riding, tequila-drinking Navy SEAL" to lead the Department of Defense's special operations as the military continues to address recent problems within the SEAL community....
23:42 2019-09-10

Bolton ouster stuns Congress Republican lawmakers were shocked by President Trump’s decision to fire national security adviser John Bolton, who was well-liked and respected in Republican circles on Capitol Hill....
23:42 2019-09-10

Mnuchin dismisses question by Jim Acosta as 'ridiculous' Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta's question as "ridiculous" during a press briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo....
23:42 2019-09-10

'A staff person': Pompeo and Mnuchin bury John Bolton in White House briefing White House national security adviser John Bolton talked himself out of a job, two cabinet officials suggested shortly after President Trump announced the key adviser’s departure from the administration....
23:42 2019-09-10

Political solutions ‘prerequisite to sustainable peace’, Lacroix tells Security Council While peacekeeping is an “essential tool” for preventing conflict and reducing the risk of relapse, “political solutions are a prerequisite to sustainable peace”, the United Nations peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Monday....
04:28 2019-09-10

Nuclear testing has ‘disastrous consequences’ for people and planet, General Assembly told Events commemorating the recent International Day against Nuclear Tests serve as an “important and stark reminder…of the disastrous consequences of nuclear testing on human health and the environment”, a top UN official told the General Assembly on M...
04:28 2019-09-10

Air Force crew stayed at Scottish Trump property because it was the cheapest option, says Pentagon Air Force personnel returning from the Middle East this spring stayed at a Scottish property owned by President Trump because it was the cheapest option available, the Pentagon says....
01:42 2019-09-10

Three DHS secretaries disagree with Trump: Mexico border not a top security threat The U.S.-Mexico border, where President Trump is building a wall and to which he has dispatched troops, is not among the nation's top homeland security concerns, a bipartisan group of former secretaries of homeland security said Monday....
01:42 2019-09-10

Pompeo: Taliban peace talks dead ‘for the time being’ CAMP DAVID DISCORD: It began with a short series of tweets Saturday in which President Trump revealed he had invited the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan to Camp David for secret talks to wrap up a deal that would have traded the withdrawal o...
16:14 2019-09-09

UNICEF backpacks used as a haunting symbol to call for greater protection of children living in conflict As children in many parts of the world return to school, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a haunting installation on Sunday that displays 3,758 school backpacks as headstones to illustrate the grave scale of child deaths in confli...
00:56 2019-09-09

Trump cancels secret Camp David peace talks with Taliban after deadly bombing in Kabul President Trump said he canceled secret peace talks with the Taliban after the group was credited for a car bomb that killed two NATO and American service members in Kabul last week....
04:28 2019-09-08

Pompeo participating in Dover ceremony to mark return of body of fallen soldier hours after Trump cancels Taliban talks Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is taking part in a ceremony to mark the return of the remains of an American soldier, hours after President Trump announced he canceled a secret meeting he was to hold with Taliban leaders because the terrorist group k...
04:28 2019-09-08

Satellite images appear to show Iranian oil tanker off Syrian coast A once-detained Iranian oil tanker appears to have made its way to Syria, even as the United States sought to squeeze off Tehran’s ability to move oil....
22:14 2019-09-07

'Fearlessly exposed himself to enemy fire': The only 2020 Democrat to experience combat finds it counts for little in political arena It has been more than three decades since the United States elected as commander in chief a veteran who fought in combat. In 2020, that period will be extended after the only candidate who fought in battle dropped out without making a debate stage or...
22:14 2019-09-07

Mattis recounts how the Marines accepted him even though he twice went to jail Former Pentagon chief and Marine general Jim Mattis told an audience in Washington, D.C., about the mistakes he made as a wayward youth and during the Gulf War....
14:00 2019-09-07

Top Navy SEAL leaders purged after subordinates accused of drinking and sexual assault Three senior leaders of Navy SEAL Team 7 have been removed from their positions following revelations that their subordinates were engaged in misbehavior while deployed to Iraq....
03:00 2019-09-07

Coast Guard rear admiral defends Trump from storm of backlash after Alabama forecast A rear admiral in the Coast Guard who briefed President Trump on Hurricane Dorian is defending the commander in chief amid backlash for his claims that the storm might hit Alabama....
13:28 2019-09-06

Not ‘optional': Top lawmaker demands US envoy for Taliban talks testify The Trump administration's point man for negotiations with the Taliban could soon face a subpoena to testify before Congress about his work as a top lawmaker demands a September hearing....
13:28 2019-09-06

Esper calls out Russia and China in first major foreign policy speech ESPER IN LONDON: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper unloaded on Russia in remarks this morning at London’s Royal United Services Institute, which bills itself as the world's oldest independent think tank on international defense and security...
13:28 2019-09-06

Sexual exploitation and abuse: latest UN quarterly update In the second quarter of 2019, the United Nations received 38 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) involving UN personnel, including civilian and uniformed personnel from peacekeeping operations, as well as those from agencies, funds an...
00:14 2019-09-06

Afghan peace deal in doubt as American solider among dozen killed by Taliban bomb in Kabul The Taliban took credit for a car bomb that killed two NATO service members, including an American, a day after U.S. officials said they had the basis for a deal with the terrorist group....
23:56 2019-09-05

Customs and Border Protection moving to fire and discipline dozens of agents for Facebook posts U.S. Customs and Border Protection has proposed firing and disciplining dozens of federal agents for posting vulgar comments and offensive memes on a private Facebook page that was exposed in July, according to a senior agency official....
23:56 2019-09-05

As US eyes exit in Afghanistan, Esper briefs allies in Europe ESPER SELLING AFGHAN WITHDRAWAL PLAN TO ALLIES: Defense Secretary Mark Esper is in Germany, the first stop on a three-day trip to brief America’s major European allies on the pending U.S. deal to pull more than 5,000 troops out of Afghanistan....
15:14 2019-09-05

Trump expected to sign off on Taliban deal to bring 5,000 US troops home after nearly 18 years in Afghanistan THE DEAL IS DONE: President Trump is being presented today with a draft agreement with the Taliban that would provide for the phased withdrawal of more than 5,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan, from five bases, over five months. There are between 13,0...
06:14 2019-09-05

Pentagon looks down under to cut China out of its technologically critical rare earth supply chain In an effort to secure the national security supply chain against China, the Pentagon is planning to stand up rare earth production sites in Australia....
06:14 2019-09-05

Chinese diplomats violently clash with pro-Hong Kong protesters in Europe Chinese diplomats disrupted a pro-Hong Kong protest in Lithuania on the anniversary of a major anti-Soviet demonstration, according to the Baltic nation’s top diplomat, resulting in the arrest of two Chinese citizens....
06:14 2019-09-05

Cruz: 'The deep state' is working overtime to salvage Obama's Iran nuclear deal Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz claimed on Tuesday that "the deep state" within the Treasury and State Departments trying to undermine the Trump administration's efforts to counter Iran....
06:14 2019-09-05

'Act of war': Mattis says Obama's inept response to Cafe Milano bomb plot 'emboldened' Iran Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he predicted years ago that Iran would escalate its provocations against the United States — and he partly blames the Obama administration’s anemic reaction to an Iranian plot to bomb a restaurant in Washingto...
06:14 2019-09-05

Pentagon’s shift of $3.6B in military construction money to build border fencing infuriates Democrats in Congress CRYING FOUL: “Today Defense Secretary Mark Esper notified me that the Department of Defense will reprogram $3.6 billion in funds appropriated for military construction projects, including at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in order to build ...
06:14 2019-09-05

Massive drop in border crossings since crisis peaked in May: Internal documents The number of people arrested for illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico dropped for a third month in a row in August, down 62% from the May peak of 132,870 apprehensions, according to government documents reviewed by the Washington Examiner....
06:14 2019-09-05

US warns China to quit buying Iranian oil, offering $15M reward for info on sanctions-busting President Trump’s administration has stepped up its sanctions on Iran and is offering a $15 million reward for information on its embargo-busting. It sent a special message to China during the announcement, warning it not to aid the rogue regime, whi...
06:14 2019-09-05

Russia angered by Boris Johnson's tribute to Poland's defiance of Communism British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s tribute to Poland for not surrendering to tyranny during World War II drew a rebuke from Russia, which blamed the United Kingdom for the conflict....
06:14 2019-09-05

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Fear rampant in Burundi, WHO on nutrition, Hurricane Dorian latest, Cyberbullying poll, Bachelet, one year on A recap of Wednesday’s main stories: UN rights experts warn ‘climate of fear’ rampant in Burundi; New health report on proper nutrition; One in three young people say they’ve been bullied online; and UN’s top rights official on world’s crises...
23:56 2019-09-04

Central Africans ‘need our help now’: UN’s deputy relief chief  “Spikes of violence” in previously unaffected areas of the Central African Republic (CAR) have prompted new displacement, the United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Wednesday, calling for additional funding to meet the humanitaria...
23:56 2019-09-04

New technologies, artificial intelligence aid fight against global terrorism Although terrorists have become skilled at manipulating the Internet and other new technologies, artificial intelligence or AI, is a powerful tool in the fight against them, a top UN counter-terrorism official said this week at a high-level conferenc...
23:00 2019-09-04

Libyans continue ‘spilling their blood on the battlefield’ as fight for Tripoli rages on It is five months to the day since the forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive to seize control of Tripoli, halting “an active and promising political process”, the United Nations top envoy for the country told the Securi...
23:00 2019-09-04

Following week of bloodshed, ‘suffering of the Afghan people must end’ says UN mission chief, as Guterres calls for inclusive negotiations In the wake of a surge in violence across Afghanistan over the past week, the country’s top UN envoy has pleaded for an end to the fighting through a negotiated peace settlement, and an end to the “indescribable loss” suffered by victims’ loved ones...
16:14 2019-09-04

UN experts decry torture of Rakhine men and boys held incommunicado by Myanmar’s military Allegations of torture and ill-treatment leading to the death of ethnic Rakhine men and boys being held in incommunicado detention by Myanmar’s military, has prompted three independent UN rights experts to call for an end to the practice and for “cre...
18:00 2019-09-03

DR Congo President and UN chief meet at a ‘historic moment’ for democracy in the country On the third and final day of his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UN chief António Guterres declared that the country is experiencing a historic moment, which could herald the development of democratic institutions....
01:14 2019-09-03

'National security imperative': Military spouses struggle to find employment Military spouses are better educated than ever before, but rather than helping increase family income, their additional qualifications are often an impediment to greater earning power....
17:42 2019-09-02

Jim Mattis, Marine legend who became Trump's 'Mad Dog' Pentagon chief, prepares for media blitz While famously media shy during his time in government, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis offered a brief glimpse into his thoughts on today’s political environment in an essay and interview last week, but the appearance left several questions...
04:56 2019-09-02

'Alpha male wolf' and 'finest of tribal elders': The two sides of Gen. James Mattis, US Marine When Stanton Coerr first met James Mattis in 1994, the experience was far from what one might expect from a grizzled, battle-tested Marine known as “Mad Dog.”...
14:56 2019-09-01

North Korea: Pompeo remarks on nation's 'rogue behavior' making peace talks 'more difficult' North Korea's vice foreign minister on Saturday said that recent remarks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding "North Korea's rogue behavior" will complicate peace negotiations between the two countries....
01:56 2019-09-01

UN chief and senior officials show solidarity with DR Congo during three-day visit United Nations chief António Guterres and senior members of the UN, have embarked on a three-day visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where civilians are facing insecurity and ongoing health crises, including a year-long Ebola epidemic wh...
19:28 2019-08-31

'Ignoring reality': Biden got it wrong on Iraq, Mattis says Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis doesn’t recite any of his conversations with President Trump in his upcoming book (much to the consternation of Washington journalists). But he does detail an evening with someone else who might be on the president...
10:00 2019-08-31

IAEA report raises suspicion Iran is hiding 'undeclared nuclear material' A forthcoming report from the International Atomic Energy Agency has stoked concerns that Iran is hiding illicit nuclear activity, according to government officials familiar with the agency’s still-unpublished assessment....
04:28 2019-08-31

Ex-top Mattis aide sues Pentagon over delayed publication of memoir A top aide to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is suing the Pentagon, alleging it has “unreasonably” delayed the publication of his memoir to benefit Mattis, whose own book is being released next week....
02:56 2019-08-31

John Bolton’s Belarus trip stirs threat to Putin White House national security adviser John Bolton’s unexpected meeting with “the last dictator in Europe” could undermine a vital Russian alliance, with potentially high stakes for Russian President Vladimir Putin himself....
02:56 2019-08-31

White House and State Department greenlight Israeli strikes on Iranian proxies in Iraq despite Pentagon disapproval Washington gave Israel its blessing to strike Iranian-backed forces in Iraq a day after Pentagon leaders distanced themselves from the operations, emphasizing the United States is a “guest” in the country....
18:42 2019-08-30

Trump’s announcement that 8,600 US troops will stay in Afghanistan both panics and reassures critics ‘WE’RE GOING TO KEEP A PRESENCE’: As the expected announcement of a deal with the Taliban that would provide for the gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan grows closer, the concern of some members of Congress and national security expert...
18:42 2019-08-30

As Yemen relief operations face funding gap, timing of surge in violence ‘couldn't be worse’ The situation in Yemen is “very fragile”, the top United Nations humanitarian official there has warned, noting that as many as 13 people have been killed and at least 70 wounded over the past three days during clashes in two governorates....
17:56 2019-08-30

WATCH: Trump establishes the US Space Command President Trump will be hosting an event in the Rose Garden at 4 p.m. EST to officially establish the U.S. Space Command. Vice President Mike Pence will also be in attendance....
10:28 2019-08-30

White House and State greenlight Israeli strikes on Iranian proxies in Iraq despite Pentagon disapproval Washington gave Israel its blessing to strike Iranian-backed forces in Iraq a day after Pentagon leaders distanced themselves from the operations, emphasizing the United States is a “guest” in the country....
10:28 2019-08-30

Bringing nuclear test ban treaty into force a ‘central pillar’ of global disarmament push, says UN chief The legacy of nuclear testing is “nothing but destruction,” and in a world of rising tensions, “our collective security depends” on bringing a global treaty into force that bans nuclear explosions, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres ha...
01:14 2019-08-30

‘Ground Zero’: Report from the former Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan Every year on August 29, at the initiative of Kazakhstan, the UN and its Member States mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests. This year, the Day coincides with the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb test at the Semipalatinsk test si...
01:14 2019-08-30

Feds clarify: Policy change won't affect birthright citizenship of most born on US bases abroad Federal immigration officials clarified Thursday that a recently announced policy change to citizenship criteria will not bar birthright citizenship from the vast majority of babies born to U.S. citizens in the military or government abroad....
21:14 2019-08-29

Army major violates Hatch Act at Biden rally A major in the Army National Guard Signal Corps violated the Hatch Act by explicitly expressing support for Joe Biden’s presidential bid during a town hall meeting in South Carolina....
21:14 2019-08-29

US pushes to 'starve' Iranian military after Tehran rebuffs talks U.S. officials imposed sanctions on two Iranian military technology networks, undermining the regime’s ballistic missile supply chain days after Tehran rebuffed talks with President Trump....
17:14 2019-08-29

US Space Command launches, the next step to realizing Trump’s dream of a Space Force AND WE HAVE LIFTOFF: Today’s ceremony reestablishing U.S. Space Command marks a significant step in fulfilling President Trump’s vision of a full-fledged Space Force as a separate, albeit the smallest, branch of the armed forces....
14:00 2019-08-29

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Guterres talks technology for Africa’s development, ‘extinction crisis’ prompts stronger wildlife protection, Greta Thunberg reaches New York, funding shortfalls in Iraq, a positive step for Indigenous women A recap of Wednesday’s stories: Secretary-General António Guterres says ‘winds of hope are blowing ever stronger’ for Africa’s development; Swedish climate youth activist Greta Thunberg reaches New York by boat; Chief of UN Mission for Iraq warns on ...
01:56 2019-08-29

US rebukes South Korea for scrapping security pact with Japan A dispute between South Korea and Japan is strengthening China’s hand at the expense of both countries as well as the United States, according to leading defense officials....
01:28 2019-08-29

Esper gives his first press briefing, ending a year-long drought at the Pentagon Secretary of Defense Mark Esper gave his first press briefing Wednesday since entering office, ending the year-long drought of press briefings by a sitting Secretary of Defense....
01:00 2019-08-29

'Disappearing delivery vehicles': Vanishing polymer offers US military the chance to leave no trace Military researchers have developed a material that can self-destruct instantaneously, offering a way to send equipment into enemy territory without leaving a trace....
22:42 2019-08-28

Long Pentagon briefing drought about to end RED-LETTER DAY: The last time a U.S. defense secretary took the podium in the Pentagon briefing room alongside the joint chiefs chairman to face the cameras and take reporters’ questions was exactly one year ago today: Aug. 28, 2018....
22:42 2019-08-28

Hackers Could Steal a Tesla Model S by Cloning Its Key Fob—Again The same researchers who figured out how to clone a Tesla Model S key fob have done it again, cracking the replacement that was meant to fix the problem....
06:56 2019-08-28

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: UN envoy on Middle East peace process, child labour in Nepal, latest deadly Mediterranean shipwreck, DRC's Goma 21-days free of Ebola transmission, UN chief urges ban on nuclear testing A recap of Tuesday's stories: UN envoy says tangible steps 'can, and must be taken' to reverse the 'negative trajectory' of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; child labour case in Nepal highlights 'widespread and systematic' abuse; some 40 people drow...
04:56 2019-08-28

With ISIL down but not out, continued vigilance is key, UN Security Council told Despite ISIL’s territorial defeat in Syria, the terrorist group, also known as Da’esh “continues to aspire to global relevance”, the United Nations top counter-terrorism officials told the Security Council on Tuesday....
04:56 2019-08-28

Bolton tries to assure Iran hawks jolted by Trump's olive branch to Tehran President Trump’s willingness to meet with Iranian leaders does not imply any easing of the maximum pressure campaign, according to a top White House adviser....
02:28 2019-08-28

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: UN envoy on Middle East peace process, Nepalese child labour story a case among many, latest deadly Mediterranean shipwreck, DRC's Goma 21-days free of Ebola transmission, UN chief urges ban on nuclear testing A recap of Tuesday's stories: UN envoy says tangible steps 'can, and must be taken' to reverse the 'negative trajectory' of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; child labour case in Nepal highlights 'widespread and systematic' abuse; some 40 people drow...
00:00 2019-08-28

Russia denies visa for second US senator Russia has barred a second senator from entering the country as Moscow denies visas for American lawmakers critical of President Vladimir Putin while President Trump backs him on the world stage....
23:14 2019-08-27

‘Complete political deadlock’ over Middle East peace risks more violence, regional escalation, warns UN envoy Tangible steps “can, and must, be taken” to urgently reverse the “negative trajectory” of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and revive the peace process, a senior United Nations envoy told the Security Council on Tuesday. ...
22:56 2019-08-27

'It improves targeting’: Americans under threat from Chinese facial recognition systems, Rubio warns Chinese facial recognition technology is spreading to cities around the world, heightening the risk of travel for U.S. government officials and even private citizens, according to a top lawmaker....
14:14 2019-08-27

Trump says his ‘gut’ tells him Iran is ready to deal on nukes READY TO DEAL: President Trump says he believes Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may be ready to negotiate a new agreement to resolve the stalemate over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which Trump rejected as insufficient to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions...
13:28 2019-08-27

The massive balloons that have made drug smuggling by plane nearly extinct RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas — It was just another Monday in 2001 when a few of the country’s top national security officials gathered inside the Pentagon to discuss taking all the air out of a program that used balloons for surveillance near the U.S.-Mexi...
10:42 2019-08-27

Former US-North Korean negotiator says Trump in ‘complete denial’ over Kim’s latest missile tests HEY, THEY’RE JUST SHORT-RANGE MISSILES: As President Trump works to get the derailed nuclear talks with North Korea back on track, he continues to downplay the threat from missile tests and side with Kim Jong Un on joint U.S.-South Korean military ex...
10:42 2019-08-27

Military branches failing to monitor base access years after deadly mass shootings The Army, Navy, and Marine Corps aren't properly monitoring access to their bases years after deadly mass shootings at installations in Fort Hood, Texas, and Washington, D.C., a federal watchdog says....
10:42 2019-08-27

Lawmakers worry World Bank is funding China's Uighur Muslim 're-education' camps World Bank officials have issued a loan to China for the very region where Communist authorities have established mass detention camps targeting Uighur Muslims, drawing rebukes from U.S. lawmakers and analysts....
10:42 2019-08-27

China's overseas smart city surveillance empire could trap Americans, lawmakers warn Chinese facial recognition technology is spreading to cities around the world, heightening the risk of travel for U.S. government officials and even private citizens, according to a top lawmaker....
10:42 2019-08-27

Sudan: New political transition, bolstered by peacebuilding, could bring long-term stability to Darfur, Security Council told “Important developments” under way in Sudan since midsummer, including a pledge to end the country’s outstanding conflicts, and the establishment of a new transitional government, could serve to edge the country’s people closer to stability, Under-Se...
01:28 2019-08-27

Stopping China's cyber mischief Responding to longstanding security concerns over Huawei and other Chinese companies, two U.S. senators have introduced legislation to boost oversight of hardware and software from China....
13:14 2019-08-25

Trump makes Russia’s readmission the issue at G-7 summit TRUMP MAKES RUSSIA THE ISSUE AT G-7: As President Trump heads to the French seaside resort of Biarritz for the annual gathering of the Group of Seven nations, he’s managed to put Russia at the center of meetings that are designed to be focused on tra...
13:14 2019-08-25

Top Navy SEAL orders haircuts and inspections for 'ethically misaligned' elite force Navy SEALs will have to adhere to traditional grooming standards and regular inspections in a new "back to basics" directive aimed at restoring proper leadership and ethics within the special warfare community....
13:14 2019-08-25

Hong Kong protesters tie Xi’s hands with Baltic anti-Soviet human chain Pro-democracy activists formed a human chain across Hong Kong, recreating a historic anti-Soviet demonstration known as the Baltic Way to denounce China’s infringement on the semi-autonomous city....
13:14 2019-08-25

Terror-sponsor Iran threatens Washington think tank with actions by 'security apparatuses' Iran, an international sponsor of terrorism, has announced sanctions against a hawkish Washington think tank, threatening that any actions taken against it by "security apparatuses" will be "considered legitimate" by Tehran....
13:14 2019-08-25

Alleged 'Snake Oil' Crypto Firm Sues Over Boos at Black Hat The paper being presented suggested that the two researchers had a method to quickly find large semiprime numbers and essentially break RSA-2048 and any other semiprime-based encryption....
17:56 2019-08-24

South Sudan: UN rights experts see little headway on peace deal amid spike in local-level violence A United Nations expert group looking at human rights in South Sudan said on Friday that it is “deeply concerned” that, although the overall armed conflict has waned, there has been little progress in adhering to the peace agreement that guided the c...
18:14 2019-08-23

What Is Cyberwar? The Complete WIRED Guide The threat of cyberwar looms over the future: a new dimension of conflict capable of leapfrogging borders and teleporting the chaos of war to civilians thousands of miles beyond its front....
13:42 2019-08-23

World must stamp out persecution of religious groups, Guterres declares on new UN Day UN chief António Guterres called for an end to the persecution of religious groups on Thursday, the first ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief....
02:00 2019-08-23

Kashmir communications shutdown a ‘collective punishment’ that must be reversed, say UN experts End the crackdown on freedom of expression, was the strong call to the Government by India from five United Nations independent rights expert on Thursday....
02:00 2019-08-23

Myanmar military committed ‘routine, systematic’ sexual violence against ethnic minorities, UN experts find Myanmar’s military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities, according to a new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission....
02:00 2019-08-23

Denmark gratified by ‘friendly’ phone call with Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo credited Denmark with making valuable contributions to U.S. security amid a controversy over Danish disinterest in selling Greenland....
08:56 2019-08-22

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Yemen aid programmes closing, Guterres Idlib concern, Somalia insecurity, honouring terror victims Today’s stories: aid money promised for Yemen fails to materialize, prospects of new Idlib conflict put millions at risk, new Sudanese transitional government welcomed by UN chief, insecurity threatens Somalia progress....
02:00 2019-08-22

Lindsey Graham: Horowitz will offer Senate 'chilling testimony' on FISA abuse Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham confirmed Wednesday that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify in front of the committee....
01:42 2019-08-22

China confirms it seized UK consulate employee An employee of the United Kingdom’s consulate in Hong Kong was arrested in mainland China, the two governments confirmed, amid tensions over protests in the former British colony....
01:42 2019-08-22

Special Forces training exercise to take place across North Carolina At the end of August, Special Forces candidates in the final stages of their training will participate in the two-week "Robin Sage" exercise that takes place across several counties in North Carolina....
01:42 2019-08-22

ISIS replacing Taliban as biggest threat to peace in Afghanistan while rebounding in Iraq and Syria THE VIRULENCE OF ISIS: A pair of congressionally mandated Pentagon reports out this month paint a sobering picture of brutal Islamic State fighters who have been disrupted but not defeated and are on the rise in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan....
15:14 2019-08-21

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole "Off-Facebook Activity" will give users more control over their data, but Facebook needs up to 48 hours to aggregate your information into a format it can share with advertisers....
07:28 2019-08-21

'We’re taking this seriously': Nevada county has emergency plans to deal with Area 51 event While the viral "Storm Area 51" event that is seemingly set to take place may be a joke to some, the county that houses the secret U.S. military base is not laughing about it....
07:28 2019-08-21

US launches countdown clock to warn of Russia and China arming Iran Western allies have 15 months to unify against Iran before the regime is free to buy and sell weapons under the 2015 nuclear deal, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo....
07:28 2019-08-21

To be 'best of breed,' the Army needs cloud computing, says Army secretary To win against adversaries such as China and Russia, the Army can't just be better than a single competitor, it needs to be the best overall, and that requires cloud computing....
07:28 2019-08-21

Urgent need for ‘restraint and genuine dialogue’ in Middle East to avoid major confrontation Briefing the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, the Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General, Maria Luiza Viotti, said on Tuesday that “restraint and genuine dialogue are urgently needed”, in order to avoid a major confrontation, w...
03:56 2019-08-21

Deadly airstrikes and drone hits displace thousands of civilians in Libya oasis town Intensifying clashes in the southern Libyan town of Murzuq involving air and drone strikes in recent days have left at least 90 people dead and displaced thousands of “terrified” civilians, the UN said on Tuesday....
21:14 2019-08-20

Russia vows not to be pulled into a ‘costly arms race’ as Pentagon tests cruise missile no longer banned by Cold War treaty THE RACE IS ON: Just two weeks after withdrawing from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the United States made good on its promise to develop a new class of ground-based cruise missile to match the threat from Russia and Chin...
13:28 2019-08-20

Former lawyer demands $1M in unpaid fees from Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher Eddie Gallagher avoided further jail time after being found not guilty of war crimes, but he's facing new legal trouble: The Navy SEAL's former lawyer is seeking up to $1 million from him in unpaid fees. The case raises questions, however, about the ...
09:28 2019-08-20

Pentagon sends message to Russia after conducting first missile test since Trump left Cold War-era arms treaty The Department of Defense test-launched a ground-based cruise missile Sunday, the first test of its kind since President Trump removed the U.S. from a Cold War-era treaty banning them earlier this month....
09:28 2019-08-20

China pressuring corporations to crack down on Hong Kong protesters A major airline company is investigating “rumors circulating online” that employees are drafting a letter supporting the Hong Kong protests as China pressures business leaders to help stifle the political crisis....
09:28 2019-08-20

'America’s military primacy in the Indo-Pacific is over,' Australian analysts worry U.S. strategists are confronting “an unprecedented crisis” because of China’s growing military strength in the Indo-Pacific, according to a new report from Australian defense analysts....
09:28 2019-08-20

Terrorism survivor in Cameroon takes road to recovery: UN News special report “If I ever come face-to-face with a Boko Haram fighter and if I have strength and a knife in my hand, I will cut his throat and spill his blood! Because, it makes me sick whenever I remember the suffering I went through.”...
03:28 2019-08-20

China exploiting holes in US bankruptcy system to acquire national security technology When lithium-ion battery manufacturer A123 Systems experienced financial trouble, it did what many struggling companies do to stay afloat and arranged to sell off a stake in the firm. But when Congress raised concerns, the Chinese buyer pulled out, w...
00:14 2019-08-20

Guterres pledges UN support to Sudan after military and civilian opposition reach deal on transitional government UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday congratulated the people of Sudan after the military council and civilian opposition alliance agreed earlier in the day on a power-sharing accord....
23:00 2019-08-19

Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence Afghanistan is at a “crucial moment” in its history as it marks 100 years of independence, the head of the UN Mission there said on Monday, following a series of terror attacks in recent days....
23:00 2019-08-19

Appointment of alleged war criminal to head of Sri Lanka army ‘deeply troubling’, says UN human rights chief The appointment of Sri Lankan Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the country’s army is deeply troubling, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement released on Monday, adding that the military leader had been given th...
23:00 2019-08-19

Monday’s Daily Brief: World Humanitarian Day, Afghan massacre aftermath, Venezuelans in Brazil, Yemen war update, and reconciliation in Mali Our main stories today: Women celebrated on World Humanitarian Day; Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence; Brazil’s ‘exemplary’ response to Venezuelans; UN urges Yemen’s warring parties to down weapons; and UN expert calls for Mali rec...
23:00 2019-08-19

Trump’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan: Cutting a deal or cutting and running? PEACE PLAN OR PULLOUT PLAN?: The shocking ISIS attack on a wedding party in Kabul, in which a suicide bomber blew himself up in the midddle of a dancing crowd of celebrants Saturday night, has raised new fears in Afghanistan that a pending deal betwe...
17:00 2019-08-19

Paying tribute and strengthening the role of #WomenHumanitarians on World Humanitarian Day The work of women humanitarians makes a “huge difference” to the lives of millions of women, men and children in urgent need, the United Nations chief said in his message for World Humanitarian Day....
05:14 2019-08-19

UN Security Council discusses Kashmir, China urges India and Pakistan to ease tensions The Security Council considered the volatile situation surrounding Kashmir on Friday, addressing the issue in a meeting focused solely on the dispute, within the UN body dedicated to resolving matters of international peace and security, for the firs...
11:42 2019-08-18

Iran gets diplomatic win against US in standoff over IRGC-linked oil tanker An Iranian tanker has been cleared for release by authorities in a British territory, despite U.S. warnings that the vessel has been used to support terrorism and Syrian dictator Bashar Assad....
07:42 2019-08-17

Trump opens 'third front' against China with Taiwan fighter jet sale President Trump has decided to approve a major sale of new F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, advancing a substantial upgrade of the island’s military defenses amid an array of tensions with China....
07:42 2019-08-17

India celebrates control over key territory as China backs Pakistan at United Nations India’s nationalist leader celebrated his country’s Independence Day by touting his consolidation of control over territory also claimed by Pakistan as diplomats prepare for a rare United Nations meeting on the controversy....
01:56 2019-08-17

Trump can't buy Greenland, but it is crucial to US national security Greenland might not be for sale, but the ice-covered island is strategically crucial to American national security and will likely play an important role as the United States, Russia, and China compete in the Arctic....
01:56 2019-08-17

Trump meets with top advisers about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in potential peace deal with Taliban President Trump met with his top Cabinet officials on Friday afternoon to discuss negotiations with the Taliban that would lead to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan....
01:56 2019-08-17

North Korea fires more missiles as it declares it ‘has nothing to talk’ about while US-South Korea exercises continue IRKED BY EXERCISES: North Korea is complaining that ongoing joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises violate a personal promise President Trump made to the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, but it’s directing its ire not at Trump but at South Korean P...
17:00 2019-08-16

Sean Hannity: Sources say 'most explosive' part of DOJ review is about 'outsourcing of illegal intelligence-gathering' Fox News host Sean Hannity said his sources are telling him the most "explosive" finding in the Justice Department review on the origins of the Russia investigation has to do with illegal intelligence-gathering on American citizens....
17:00 2019-08-16

Trump floats personal meeting with China’s Xi Jinping to resolve the Hong Kong crisis ‘humanely’ PERSONAL MEETING?: With Chinese paramilitary forces massing on the border with Hong Kong and the trade war with China sending U.S. markets into a tailspin, President Trump is praising Chinese President Xi Jinping and offering to help him resolve the ...
12:42 2019-08-16

Army finalizes deal to bring Israel's Iron Dome to the US to test it against cruise missiles The U.S. Army has finalized a deal to bring Israel's famed Iron Dome defense system to the United States to help protect against cruise missile threats....
06:42 2019-08-15

Hong Kong protests continue, despite airport setback Hong Kong demonstrators marked an annual festival by gathering at local police stations to denounce the heavy-handed tactics officers used against protesters at the city's international airport over the weekend....
06:42 2019-08-15

Marine who used classified info to warn of Afghan insider attack should be reinstated, board finds A Marine Corps reserve officer who leaked classified information to warn fellow troops about an insider attack should be allowed to continue serving, a military panel has determined....
06:42 2019-08-15

China scapegoats US to set stage for Hong Kong crackdown China is accusing the United States of orchestrating the Hong Kong protests to set the stage for a military crackdown, a rhetorical tactic that hardens ideological tensions between the rival powers....
06:42 2019-08-15

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe A political consultant crosses paths with Konstantin Kilimnik, Paul Manafort, and Cambridge Analytica, then becomes part of the Russia investigation....
03:00 2019-08-15

Desperate for an end to almost 18-year war, US negotiating from position of weakness with Taliban PLAYING A BAD HAND: If you’re looking for a graphic depiction of what U.S. special representative Zalmay Khalilzad is up against as he tries to bring the Taliban to the peace table with the American-backed Afghan government, the living map maintained...
23:14 2019-08-14

Charismatic young recruiter training hundreds of ISIS fighters in Afghanistan as possible sleeper agents A popular young ISIS recruiter from Tajikistan is leading hundreds of fighters in Afghanistan as part of an effort to draw more foreigners to the terrorist group's banner....
23:14 2019-08-14

‘Act with restraint’ UN human rights chief urges Hong Kong authorities and protestors, following airport disruption After two consecutive days of chaos at Hong Kong International Airport, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet expressed her concern and condemned “any form” of violence or destruction of property and urged the demonstrat...
21:56 2019-08-14

Terrorism survivors: ‘The terrorists killed many people in front of us’ To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on 21 August, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier this year, to interview people who have personal stories to t...
21:56 2019-08-14

GOP senator calls for China boycott as Hong Kong rages Americans should boycott Chinese products in response to the intensifying political crisis in Hong Kong, a Republican lawmaker urged amid rumors Beijing is ready to use military force to shut down protests....
10:14 2019-08-14

Chinese military operation against Hong Kong could trigger historic rupture with US A military operation against Hong Kong protesters could trigger a rupture in U.S.-China relations that makes the trade war look minor in comparison, U.S. lawmakers and analysts suggest....
10:14 2019-08-14

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Hong Kong airport disruption, Geneva Conventions at 70, new Ebola drug breakthrough, French fighters face Iraq execution; Europe pushed on stranded migrants and Aden update Our main stories today cover: Human rights chief on chaos at Hong Kong airport; Geneva Conventions have been ‘limiting brutality’ for 70 years; breakthrough drug in DR Congo Ebola fight; France pushed to repatriate nationals on death row in Iraq; ‘Ra...
04:00 2019-08-14

Pentagon says US can defend against Russian and Chinese missile threats — if it's willing to invest The Pentagon's chief of research and engineering says the military is capable of defending against missile attacks from China and Russia — should the country choose to invest in the necessary systems....
00:00 2019-08-14

Amidst new challenges, Geneva Conventions mark 70 years of ‘limiting brutality’ during war In commemorating the 70th anniversary of the landmark Geneva Conventions, the president of the United Nations Security Council hailed the “significant body of law”, describing it as playing “a vital role in limiting brutality of armed conflicts”....
22:56 2019-08-13

Fears of Chinese military intervention in Hong Kong prompt warnings from US ‘THE WORLD IS WATCHING’: With 10 weeks of protests growing more effective — and violent — in Hong Kong, and amid reports that China’s People’s Armed Police are assembled in the nearby city Shenzhen for “exercises,” U.S. officials are calling for rest...
20:00 2019-08-13

‘Act with restraint’ UN urges Hong Kong authorities and protestors, as airport is disrupted for a second day After two consecutive days of chaos at Hong Kong International Airport, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet expressed her concern and condemned “any form” of violence or destruction of property and urged the demonstrat...
18:28 2019-08-13

Boris Johnson could shift UK policy on Huawei after US warnings British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s national security team is reviewing the United Kingdom’s posture toward Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications giant that U.S. officials regard as a platform for spy agencies....
05:14 2019-08-13

China vows no ‘mercy’ for Hong Kong protesters Chinese authorities accused Hong Kong demonstrators of engaging in "terrorism" and promised to stamp out protests mercilessly after a weekend of brutal crackdowns by police....
01:14 2019-08-13

Trump: US has better weapons than the 'failed' Russian 'Skyfall' missile President Trump weighed in on a suspected failed missile explosion in northern Russia, noting U.S. technology is far superior to the "failed" weapon....
01:14 2019-08-13

Trump team turns to overlooked countries to blunt China's cruise missile threat It’s not often that America's top diplomat plans a major trip to a city of 4,600 people, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came with a gratifying message for his hosts....
21:42 2019-08-12

Navy to remove touchscreen controls from destroyers in wake of USS McCain accident report The Navy will begin replacing the digital throttles on its destroyers with physical ones in 2020 after a report found confusion and poor training on the touchscreen system contributed to a deadly crash....
21:42 2019-08-12

North Korea claims Kim Jong Un supervised test launch of new weapons system North Korea announced that Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new weapons system Saturday, which occurred just hours after President Trump boasted that he received a "really beautiful letter" from Kim....
23:14 2019-08-11

Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack, as Security Council meets in emergency session, honours their ‘ultimate sacrifice’ Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left three UN workers dead, and three others injured, with dozens of civilians also wounded. ...
09:56 2019-08-11

US service member killed in combat mission in Iraq A U.S. service member died in Iraq while on a combat mission with Iraqi Security Forces in the northern Ninewah province on Saturday, the U.S. military reports....
22:42 2019-08-10

Trump: Kim Jong Un offered 'a small apology' for missile testing President Trump said North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has apologized to the U.S. for recent missile testing, which many interpreted as acts of aggression....
21:56 2019-08-10

'30 seconds': Deadly USS McCain collision could have been avoided just half a minute before disaster A damning report by the National Safety Transportation Board has detailed the agonizing three minutes before the USS John S. McCain collided with a slow-moving tanker it was overtaking off Singapore, killing 10 and injuring 48 U.S. Navy sailors onboa...
09:28 2019-08-10

Trump says Kim Jong Un sent him a 'really beautiful letter' President Trump said on Friday that he received a "really beautiful letter" from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the latest development after a tumultuous two weeks in which North Korea fired off several ballistic missiles....
01:14 2019-08-10

74 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuke worries still haunt Japan Nearly three-quarters of a century after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, once again faces a nuclear threat, this time from neighboring North Korea....
01:14 2019-08-10

Honey, I shrunk the MRE: Troops say the Army's new tiny meals could yield big benefits Army scientists have developed a method to shrink down a soldier's portable rations to one-third their normal size, which troops say could yield big benefits....
01:14 2019-08-10

Dan Coats disrupted meeting to urge Sue Gordon to resign: Report Outgoing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats disrupted a meeting his deputy, Sue Gordon, was holding on election security to urge her to resign from her post....
01:14 2019-08-10

Trump’s Intel Vacancies Put Americans in Danger Sue Gordon's departure is the latest sign that US national security might be stretching its leaders too thin—and risks putting the wrong people into roles that American lives depend upon....
18:56 2019-08-09

Ex-defense chief Jim Mattis joins General Dynamics amid rising scrutiny of DC ties to business Jim Mattis, the retired Marine general who served as President Trump's first defense secretary, is joining the board of contractor General Dynamics just as the 2020 campaign heightens scrutiny into corporate recruitment of senior government officials...
10:00 2019-08-09

WATCH: Dallas airport terminal falls silent as veteran's remains returned from Vietnam An entire terminal at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport stood in silence Thursday as the remains of an American airman who died during the Vietnam War were brought home to the U.S....
10:00 2019-08-09

Sue Gordon out as deputy spy chief Sue Gordon is leaving the role of No. 2 spy chief in the U.S., ending a guessing game about whether President Trump would choose her to succeed outgoing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in an acting capacity....
10:00 2019-08-09

Dozens of Border Patrol agents and officers rushed to the scene of El Paso shooting More than 130 federal agents and officers assigned to the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso, Texas, responded to the shooting scene at WalMart last Saturday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection....
10:00 2019-08-09

Lead prosecutor removed from Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher's case demoted to desk job amid JAG probe The former lead prosecutor in the the court-martial of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher has been demoted to a desk job as the service conducts a probe of the Judge Advocate General's Corps after its loss in the case that made national headlines....
10:00 2019-08-09

Guterres appeals for ‘maximum restraint’ over Jammu and Kashmir, as tensions rise The UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed for ‘maximum restraint’ over the territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, which has been disputed by India and Pakistan, since the end of British rule in the late 1940s....
03:14 2019-08-09

UN rights chief bemoans unilateral sanctions on Venezuela, fearing ‘far-reaching implications’ A new set of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Venezuela this week prompted the concern of the United Nations’ top rights official on Thursday, who said in a statement that she feared they would have a “potentially severe impact” o...
03:14 2019-08-09

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Syrian detainees, Zimbabwe hunger crisis, Kabul attack, Mexico disappearances, new tech to feed the world Wednesday’s top stories: Syrian detainees “failed by Security Council”; Zimbabwe experiencing “worst-ever hunger crisis”; Guterres welcomes new Mozambique peace accord; deadly Kabul attack; Mexico “responsible for enforced disappearances”; indigenous...
10:00 2019-08-08

NATO chief says alliance must prepare ‘to address the rise of China' China’s efforts to establish economic and even military influence far beyond its borders are pushing NATO to develop new plays for the Indo-Pacific, the security bloc’s civilian chief says....
04:00 2019-08-08

US brings ISIS fighters home for trial, but extremists could benefit from other nations' inaction The U.S. is bringing home citizens who joined the Islamic State to stand trial, but some Western European and other nations refuse to — and a new watchdog analysis says ISIS could benefit from their inaction....
04:00 2019-08-08

Turkey's threatened Syria strike puts US-backed forces fighting ISIS in jeopardy Turkey's threats to strike a Kurdish militia in Syria continued even as Pentagon officials met with their counterparts in Ankara in an attempt to hammer out a deal to protect the American-backed forces fighting ISIS....
04:00 2019-08-08

Russia has tripled military presence in Crimea for 'possible offensive operations' against Ukraine, says intel report Russia has nearly tripled its military manpower in Crimea since illegally annexing the peninsula in 2014, an intelligence report says, in preparation for possible further incursions into Ukraine....
21:56 2019-08-07

'Peace through strength': Navy sails an aircraft carrier through disputed South China Sea The U.S. Navy sailed an aircraft carrier through the South China Sea in a show of force against China in the midst of disputes over the strategically crucial trade zone....
21:56 2019-08-07

Russia suspected of using civilian ships for intelligence gathering and influence operations Russian civilian ships are being used for intelligence gathering and propaganda operations in support of the Kremlin, a new intelligence report says....
21:56 2019-08-07

UN Afghan Mission ‘outraged’ by deadly Taliban attack in Kabul, as hardline group threatens election violence The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed outrage at a Taliban attack in Kabul, that killed “scores” of civilians on Wednesday. In a Tweet, the Mission said that such “indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks in heavily populated civilia...
17:42 2019-08-07

ISIS is 'resurgent' in Syria and 'consolidating' in Iraq: Watchdog report The lead inspector general for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq and Syria combating ISIS, said in a report Tuesday that the terrorist group “consolidated its insurgency in Iraq and resurged in Syria” during the spring and sum...
05:42 2019-08-07

New Mexico governor slaps EPA for staying out of court fight with Air Force Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham accused the Environmental Protection Agency of violating federal law by refusing to aid the state in a lawsuit with the Air Force....
04:56 2019-08-07

The Weird, Dark History of 8chan and Its Founder Fredrick Brennan Fredrick Brennan is appalled by the notorious chat site’s links to right-wing extremism and mass shootings. Inside his tortured journey through the web’s cesspool and his attempt at redemption....
02:42 2019-08-07

SEAL Eddie Gallagher's defense confident Navy's top admiral will give him full exoneration The legal team of Special Warfare Chief Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL recently accused of war crimes, is confident that their client will have his reduction in rank reversed after the chief of Naval Operations decided to take the case over on Saturda...
23:56 2019-08-06

Admiral removed from Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher's case was investigated in 'Fat Leonard' scandal The admiral who oversaw the failed war crimes case against Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher was investigated for accepting gifts during what became known as the Navy's "Fat Leonard" scandal....
23:56 2019-08-06

Illegal crossing arrests at Mexican border dropped by about 20,000 in July: Officials The number of people arrested for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border declined by approximately 20,000 in July, the second monthly decline in a row following a steep increase this spring, according to three senior Homeland Security officials an...
23:56 2019-08-06

John Bolton unveils historic asset freeze on Venezuela's Maduro regime President Trump is intensifying sanctions on Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro, pairing a historic asset freeze with threats to punish anyone in the world who does business with his regime....
23:56 2019-08-06

Monday’s Daily Brief: Independent experts on Myanmar, Guterres denounces US mass shootings, Libyan airport violence, UN Spokesperson on Kashmir Our main stories today: Myanmar companies bankroll ‘brutal operations’ of military; UN chief renounces shootings in the United States; ‘Repeated indiscriminate’ shelling of Libyan airport raises concern; UN voices ‘concern’ over Kashmir; and new UN a...
20:14 2019-08-06

‘Cataclysmic events’ in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, began ‘global push’ against nuclear weapons says Guterres, honouring victims Paying homage to those who perished as the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, as well as the many others whose lives were devastated in the years that followed, UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday underscored their “courage and moral leadership” ...
20:14 2019-08-06

Monday’s Daily Brief: Independent UN experts on Myanmar, UN chief renounces attacks in US, Libyan airport violence, UN spokesperson on Kashmir, and FAO and Italy on development Our main stories today: Myanmar companies bankroll ‘brutal operations’ of military; UN chief renounces shootings in the United States; ‘Repeated indiscriminate’ shelling of Libyan airport raises concern; UN voices ‘concern’ over Kashmir; and new UN a...
12:42 2019-08-06

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan surged as US met Taliban to discuss peace Civilian casualties spiked to a two-year high in Afghanistan last month, driven by attacks from "anti-government elements," just as U.S. and Taliban officials met to hammer out a peace agreement....
03:28 2019-08-06

Troop insomnia shot up 652% after Iraq invasion, with deployments eyed as culprit The rate of insomnia among troops shot up 652% after the invasion of Iraq, according to a new study, raising concerns that increased deployment is having a detrimental effect on performance....
01:14 2019-08-06

Chinese diplomats encourage harassment of pro-democracy students abroad as Hong Kong protests spread Chinese diplomats are encouraging the harassment of Hong Kong students and their supporters at universities overseas as protests in the semi-autonomous city enter their third month....
01:14 2019-08-06

Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now? In an interview with WIRED, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince explains his decision to stop protecting 8chan—and where the notorious forum goes from here....
18:00 2019-08-05

FROM THE FIELD: What do you want to be when you grow up? One day I will... One person in every 70 is caught up in a humanitarian crisis right now, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), with women and girls among the most impacted....
18:56 2019-08-04

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Situation critical for Libya migrants, ‘dangerous paralysis’ in Israel-Palestine conflict, ‘shocking escalation’ in Syria, record heatwaves Our main stories today: UN officials warn of desperate situation for migrants and refugees in Libya; the UN peacebuilding chief calls for ‘tangible steps’ to alleviate the crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and keep two-State solution alive...
00:14 2019-08-04

A dangerously hot climate, simmering political tensions: ‘This is not the summer of our youth,’ UN chief warns Global warming and rising political tensions are dangerous and avoidable, Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters on Thursday, previewing the UN’s upcoming Climate Action Summit, and spotlighting geopolitical hotspots....
00:14 2019-08-04

‘Not very woke’: Tom Cotton rips AOC for blaming Liz Cheney over father’s policies Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton slammed New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a tweet in which she suggested Rep. Liz Cheney should not make any comments about foreign policy because of her father's politics....
21:28 2019-08-03

Not just Tulsi Gabbard: Democrats have a history of downplaying Syria's Bashar Assad Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has been on the receiving end of harsh criticism for her 2017 meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California was once attacked for doing the same thing in 2007....
05:56 2019-08-03

Pompeo tells Southeast Asia ‘imperial’ China can only be countered with US trade Southeast Asian nations should embrace U.S. investment and trade to protect their economies from a predatory China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued while traveling in Thailand....
01:42 2019-08-03

Biden's Iraq War support a ripe target for Democratic rivals In the 2008 Democratic primary season, Hillary Clinton got hit repeatedly for her vote in favor of the 2002 Iraq War resolution. Her chief opponent, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, had been a vocal opponent of military action in Iraq, which proved an imp...
01:42 2019-08-03

Security Council must ‘come together’ to address the plight of children trapped in armed conflict, says UN envoy It is “vitally important” that the Security Council “come together” on the current plight of children affected by armed conflict across the globe”, Virginia Gamba, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict said on Frid...
00:42 2019-08-03

UN chief laments ending of Cold War-era disarmament treaty Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “deep regret” on Friday that the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty betweein the United States and Russia came to an end. ...
00:42 2019-08-03

Friday's Daily Brief: Security Council Ebola response, UNICEF chief on 'devastating week' for children in Middle East and North Africa, climate and migration links Our main stories today: Security Council concern over DRC Ebola outbreak, head of UNICEF deplores ‘devastating week’ for children in MENA region, climate crisis to have ‘extensive’ effect on human settlement...
22:42 2019-08-02

Deal with Taliban that would bring US troops home just the first step of two-stage plan to end war in Afghanistan THE BEGINNING OF THE END?: The United States is reportedly close to announcing a deal with the Taliban under which it would withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in return for an end to hostilities, a renunciation of al Qaeda, and, most ...
17:14 2019-08-02

The ticking time bomb of Taiwan How China resolves the current crisis with Hong Kong may foreshadow the fate of another of its longstanding irritants, the free and independent island state of Taiwan, which China considers a renegade province and has vowed to reunite with the mainla...
05:56 2019-08-02

Grassley says Pentagon failed to meet demand for info on contracts with FBI informant Stefan Halper The Defense Department missed a top Republican lawmaker's deadline to provide information about an FBI informant who was a source for the bureau's Trump-Russia investigation during the 2016 election cycle....
03:56 2019-08-02