Military and defense

President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to U.S. Marine Corps retired Sgt. Maj. John Canley, during an East Room ceremony at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canley is the 300th Marine to receive the nation's highest military medal. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
October 17, 2018 - 5:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump presented the nation's highest military honor Wednesday to an 80-year-old retired Marine sergeant major who five decades ago "fought with unmatched bravery" at the beginning of one of the Vietnam War's longest and bloodiest battles. John Canley's heroism...
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In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias arrives at a cabinet meeting at the Greek Parliament in Athens. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has resigned, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a recent deal which would change Macedonia's name in exchange for Greece dropping its objections to the country joining NATO. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
October 17, 2018 - 10:56 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The foreign minister of Greece resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...
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Afghan police stand guard at a checkpoint ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for Oct. 20, at the Independent Election Commission compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
October 17, 2018 - 10:46 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban bombing in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province killed a candidate running in the parliamentary elections this weekend, a provincial official said, as attacks elsewhere in the country killed six policemen and two soldiers. The attacks came as the Taliban...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives for a meeting with Ho Chi Minh City's communist party chief Nguyen Thien Nhan in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Kham/Pool Photo via AP)
October 17, 2018 - 6:08 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is preparing to meet in Singapore with his Chinese counterpart just weeks after a meeting planned for Beijing fell apart amid growing friction between the U.S. and China. Shortly after Mattis arrived in Singapore on Wednesday after a visit to...
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, right, shakes hands with Vietnam's Air Force Deputy Commander Gen. Bui Anh Chung as he visits Bien Hoa airbase, where the U.S. army stored the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, in Bien Hoa city, outside Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Kham/Pool Photo via AP)
October 16, 2018 - 11:29 pm
BIEN HOA, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is getting a firsthand look at the enduring costs of fighting the Vietnam War. Mattis visited an air base north of Ho Chi Minh City that was heavily contaminated in the late 1960s and early 1970s by American forces through storage and...
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Newly appointed Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, center, and Secretary of State to the Interior Minister Laurent Nunez, left, arrive to the handover ceremony at the Interior ministry, in Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. French president Emmanuel Macron has appointed a high-profile political ally to the key post of interior minister during a limited cabinet reshuffle. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
October 16, 2018 - 10:21 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government sought to give itself a fresh start after a difficult summer with a limited reshuffle on Tuesday that included a new interior minister. The reshuffle is seen as an attempt by Macron to take back control after three senior ministers resigned...
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, speaks to the media alongside Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne during a press conference at the Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Morrison said Tuesday that he was open to shifting the Australian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in line with President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the contested holy city as Israel's capital. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
October 16, 2018 - 10:19 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has raised the prospect of following the United States by relocating its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a policy shift that critics described Tuesday as a desperate grab for domestic political gain to win a crucial by-election. Prime Minister...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2017, photo, Zhang Yang, left, the then-head of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) political affairs department and Fang Fenghui, right, the then-chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army attend China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China's ruling Communist Party on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018, has expelled Zhang, a former top general who killed himself during a corruption probe and indicted another Fang, on graft charges amid a continuing crackdown on military malfeasance. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
October 16, 2018 - 8:05 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party has expelled a former top general who killed himself during a corruption probe and indicted another on graft charges amid President Xi Jinping's continuing crackdown on military malfeasance. Official media reported that Zhang Yang killed himself at home...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, meets Ho Chi Minh City's communist party chief Nguyen Thien Nhan in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Kham/Pool Photo via AP)
October 16, 2018 - 7:12 am
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — Amid speculation that he may soon be replaced, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Donald Trump told him he supports the retired Marine general "100 percent." The assertion comes just days after Trump mused on national television about Mattis leaving his...
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October 16, 2018 - 7:04 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's new Cabinet is now a record 50 percent female, including the country's first woman defense minister, after lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved the nominations put forward by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. "Our women ministers will disprove the old...
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