Military and defense

A Russian navy missile ship 'Veliky Ustyug' sails off from the Russian naval facility in Tartus, Syria, on patrol in eastern Mediterranean, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Two Russian diesel-electric submarines of the project 636.3 Varshavyanka' are seen on the right. Russia has a naval base in Tartus, the only such facility it has outside the former Soviet Union. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
September 26, 2019 - 10:47 am
TARTUS, Syria (AP) — A Russian submarine has moored at Russia's base in Syria after a patrol mission while another one is getting ready to sail off after replenishing supplies — the rotation that underlines Moscow's growing military foothold in the Mediterranean Sea. The naval base in Tartus is the...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, just as Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is set to speak publicly for the first time about a secret whistleblower complaint involving President Donald Trump. Pelosi committed Tuesday to launching a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 26, 2019 - 8:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on testimony by the acting director of national intelligence and a whistleblower complaint (all times local): 11:15 a.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says an intelligence community whistleblower's complaint shows President Donald Trump has undermined national security and...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2109. The office of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Netanyahu has been given the task of forming a new government. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
September 26, 2019 - 1:05 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began Thursday the daunting task of trying to cobble together a coalition government amid political deadlock that emerged from this month's repeat elections, which had no clear winner. He now has up to six weeks to attempt to resolve the...
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This Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo shows a spotted lanternfly at a vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest since the federal government confirmed its arrival in southeastern Pennsylvania five years ago this week. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
September 25, 2019 - 11:53 pm
KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — In the Great Spotted Lanternfly War, Pennsylvania's citizen-soldiers are fighting back with fly swatters and vacuums, dish soap and sticky tape. They're stomping and spraying and zapping and bragging about their kills on social media. "DESTROY THEM," a propaganda poster urges...
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In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 photo, Ariel Gomez, a systems engineer at Israel Aerospace Industries, works on the Popstar system that can track and identify flying objects day or night without being detected, at Israel Aerospace Industries, in the Israeli town of Yehud near Tel Aviv. Israel has long been a dominant player in the military drone export business, developing small attack aircraft as well as long-range spy planes. Now, Israeli firms are at the forefront of a global industry developing means to protect against the drone threat. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
September 25, 2019 - 10:51 pm
YEHUD, Israel (AP) — Israel, one of the pioneers of drone warfare, is now on the front lines of an arms race to protect against attacks by the unmanned aircraft. A host of Israeli companies have developed defense systems they say can detect or destroy incoming drones. But obstacles remain,...
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September 25, 2019 - 5:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill aimed at protecting thousands of Venezuelans living in the United States from deportation is stalling for a second time on the Senate floor. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is objecting to the adoption by unanimous consent of an amendment by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., that seeks...
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Libya's Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at the United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
September 25, 2019 - 4:01 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Libya's Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj has ruled out peace talks with the leader of his country's rival government, describing him as a "war criminal." Sarraj used much of his...
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Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez Alvarado addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
September 25, 2019 - 2:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration signed a deal Wednesday with a third Central American country that would effectively seal off the region, preventing asylum-seekers traveling through from entering the United States. The latest agreement, signed on the sidelines of the U.N. General...
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September 25, 2019 - 2:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — At the heart of President Donald Trump's effort to get Ukraine's help investigating a political rival is nearly $400 million in critical military aid to help the country battle Russian-backed separatists. That aid had widespread support until the Trump administration put the...
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September 25, 2019 - 4:41 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's defense minister has rejected any deal with world powers over Tehran's missile program. The official IRNA news agency on Wednesday quoted Gen. Amir Hatami as saying any deal with the United States over Iran's "missile power" would damage the country's capabilities. He...
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