Military and defense

Anti-government demonstrators man a barricade during clashes with the police, near the national assembly building in Quito, Ecuador, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Indigenous leaders of protests that have paralyzed Ecuador’s economy for nearly a week say they are willing to negotiate with President Lenin Moreno, signaling a possible exit from the crisis, which was triggered by the cancellation of fuel subsidies by Moreno. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
October 13, 2019 - 6:39 am
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's army patrolled the streets of the capital Sunday as the government of President Lenín Moreno and indigenous leaders prepared for talks to end more than a week of fuel price protests that have led to attacks on government buildings and media offices, and prompted a 24...
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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon. Esper says the "impulsive" decision by Turkey to invade northern Syria will further destabilize a region already caught up in civil war. Esper says the invasion puts America's Syrian Kurdish partners "in harm's way," but insists the Kurds are not being abandoned. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
October 13, 2019 - 6:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid growing chaos in Syria, President Donald Trump has ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from the country's north to avoid an "untenable" conflict between Turkey and U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday. The approximately 1,000 U.S. troops in...
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CORRECTS POSITION - People watch a televised debate between presidential candidates Kais Saied, left, and Nabil Karoui, on the last day of campaigning before the second round of the presidential elections, in Tunis, Tunisia, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
October 12, 2019 - 10:37 am
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A media mogul and a former law professor who are vying to be Tunisia's next president sparred during a televised debate over how to fight terrorism and poverty — and then they cordially shook hands. Tunisian voters celebrated the handshake as a sign that the democracy built on...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, a White House-released memorandum of President Donald Trump's July 25, 2019, telephone conversation with Ukraine's newly elected president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, released Sept. 25, 2019. There were dozens of ears listening to President Donald Trump’s 30-minute phone call with the leader of Ukraine that is at the center of a House impeachment inquiry, and as many eyes that saw what he said.(AP Photo/Wayne Partlow, File)
October 12, 2019 - 6:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — There were dozens of ears listening to President Donald Trump's 30-minute phone call with the leader of Ukraine that is at the center of a House impeachment inquiry , and as many eyes that saw what he said. White House staffers, working in the secure, soundproof Situation Room in...
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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, the town of Tel Abyad can be seen inside Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 12, 2019 - 3:34 am
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Turkish forces captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday, the Turkish military and a Syrian war monitor said, as Turkey's offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters pressed into its fourth day with little sign of relenting despite mounting...
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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington. President Donald Trump announced Oct. 11, 2019. that McAleenan is stepping down. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
October 11, 2019 - 6:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin McAleenan is stepping down from his post as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job, President Donald Trump announced Friday. McAleenan told The Associated Press that he was leaving on his own terms, which would be unlike other top administration...
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National security adviser Robert O'Brien talks with reporters before boarding Air Force One with President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. O’Brien said late Thursday, Oct. 10, that he wants to gradually eliminate about half of the 178 staff members of the National Security Council over the next 15 months. O’Brien, who recently took over after national security adviser John Bolton was ousted by the president, portrayed the cuts as an effort to return to staffing levels of the past. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 11, 2019 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new national security adviser plans to dramatically cut the White House foreign policy unit as it comes under scrutiny over a whistleblower's complaint that launched an impeachment inquiry by Congress. National security adviser Robert O'Brien said late...
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October 11, 2019 - 7:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is calling Turkey's military incursion into Syria a threat to progress in combating the Islamic State group and a potential threat to American troops there. In a written statement Friday, the chief Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, said that in a phone call...
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Mourners carry the coffin of ten-month-old Mohammed Omar Saar, killed during incoming shelling from Syria Thursday, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 11, 2019 - 6:18 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria in a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters there (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Turkey's Foreign Ministry has rejected warnings that Turkey's cross-border military offensive in northeast Syrian would lead to a...
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October 11, 2019 - 5:03 am
LONDON (AP) — Counterterror police are now leading an investigation into a stabbing incident that injured five people at a shopping center in northwestern England, as police keep an open mind on the motive. Greater Manchester Police say a man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of serious...
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