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December 29, 2017 10:49 PM Frustrated U.S. might withhold $255 million in aid from Pakistan

Pakistan’s military still views its accommodation of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network as in its security interest. WASHINGTON—When Pakistani forces freed a Canadian-American family this fall held captive by militants, they also captured one of the abductors. U.S. officials saw a potential windfall: He was a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network 15

November 1, 2017 12:27 PM Trump will not visit Korean Demilitarized Zone during Asia trip, White House says

Every president but one since Ronald Reagan has visited the DMZ, often wearing bomber-style jackets and flanked by military officers. WASHINGTON—It has become something of a ritual for U.S. presidents trying to demonstrate their resolve against North Korea’s ever-escalating aggression. Beginning with Dwight Eisenhower’s visit to the front lines of wartime 25

October 28, 2017 1:09 PM Threat of North Korea nuclear attack 'accelerating'

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of -- The threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday, accusing the North of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs and pledging to repel any strike. In remarks in Seoul with South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo at his side, Mattis said North 23

October 23, 2017 10:31 PM Widow of slain U.S. soldier says Trump couldn't remember her husband's name

A fallen soldier's angry widow joined the stormy dispute with President Donald Trump on Monday over his response to her husband's death, declaring that his failure to remember the soldier's name in last week's condolence call "made me cry." He retorted that the call was "very respectful" and her accusation about her husband's name simply wasn't true. Though 15

October 20, 2017 11:48 AM The Daily 202: Obama and Bush deliver calls to action against Trumpism

RICHMOND — George W. Bush has stayed out of the political fray for nine years now, and Barack Obama has kept his head down for the past nine months. On Thursday, both former presidents used major speeches to repudiate President Trump’s brand of politics and approach to the world. Neither mentioned Trump by name. They didn’t need to. Instead, they preached 114

October 19, 2017 6:17 PM How a slow response hurt Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Before Hurricane Maria tore through the rest of this island, it came to Mayor Jorge Márquez’s home. The storm ripped through improvised plastic shutters, shook the windows and sent his panicked family, including his grandchildren, scurrying to a bathroom to hide. For four hours, as the fiercest of Maria’s winds roared through his mountain town in southeast 25

October 19, 2017 10:54 AM Families of fallen have mixed experiences with Trump, if any

WASHINGTON -- Some got sympathy and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash. Relatives of people who died in military service have recounted varied interactions with U.S. President Donald Trump in the difficult days and weeks after their loved one's death. Despite Trump's boast that he reaches out personally to all families of the fallen 26

October 16, 2017 3:46 AM Truck bomb kills scores in Somalia’s worst-ever attack

In the deadliest attack of Somalia's long civil war, at least 276 people have been killed and hundreds injured by a devastating truck bomb that destroyed buildings and vehicles on a busy downtown street in Mogadishu. Hospitals were overwhelmed by the dead and wounded. They pleaded for blood donations as the toll escalated from the Saturday blast. Many of the victims 16

October 15, 2017 8:01 PM 'Petty stuff': Tillerson brushes off drama with Trump

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday ducked, danced and sidestepped the question of whether he truly called President Donald Trump a "moron," dismissing the brouhaha as the "petty stuff" of Washington. Though they keep coming, Tillerson insisted the persistent queries aren't hindering his mission as the nation's top diplomat. Asked 25

October 15, 2017 5:35 PM U.S. will continue talks with North Korea 'until the first bomb drops,' Tillerson says

Secretary of state tells CNN he's focused on diplomacy and denied calling president 'a moron' U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that President Donald Trump had instructed him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising tensions with North Korea, saying "those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops." Speaking on CNN's 13