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What’s NATO, and why does Ukraine want to join?

Alastair Kocho-Williams International concern about Russia’s provocative stance toward Ukraine continues, even as Russian President Vladimir Putin denies plans for an attack — and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy cautioned on Jan.…

Trump fuels new tensions in moment of crisis

WASHINGTON Over 48 hours in America, the official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, the number of people who filed for unemployment during the crisis soared past 40 million, and the streets of a major city erupted in…

Twitter to label disputed COVID-19 tweets

CHICAGO Twitter announced Monday it will start alerting users when a tweet makes disputed or misleading claims about the coronavirus. The new rule is the latest in a wave of stricter policies that tech companies are rolling out to…

Veterans Affairs chief plugs unproven drug

WASHINGTON Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is taking advocacy of an unproven drug for the coronavirus even farther than President Donald Trump, claiming without evidence that it’s safe and that it has been effective for young and…

Trump falsely blames governors for virus test

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is wrongly casting blame on governors and the Obama administration for shortages in coronavirus testing and declaring victory over what he calls relatively low death rates in the U.S. That’s too soon to…

With new virus plan, Trump passes buck to states

CHICAGO President Donald Trump’s guidelines for states to reopen their economies had the hallmarks of a permission structure. But what he really created was a blame structure. On Friday, he emphatically embraced protesters who defied the…

Obama to endorse Biden in video on Tuesday

WASHINGTON Former President Barack Obama plans to endorse Joe Biden in a video on Tuesday, giving the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee a boost from the party’s biggest fundraiser and one of its most popular figures. The move…

Trump pitches unapproved drug for coronavirus

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is pitching an unapproved medicine for COVID-19 sufferers that science has not concluded is effective or safe. “Take it,” he said of the drug. For people sick with the coronavirus, he said Sunday, “It can…

Small business relief program launches, hits snags

NEW YORK The federal government’s $349 billion relief program for small businesses got off to a rocky start Friday as hundreds of thousands tried to apply for desperately needed loans. Many small business owners ran into bureaucratic or…

Trump’s misfires on virus death rates, tests

WASHINGTON Facing a grim reality of surging coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is making premature assertions about relatively low death rates in the U.S. and revising history about how seriously he viewed the threat, including the…

Trump a rosy outlier on science of the virus

WASHINGTON Groundless assurances keep coming from President Donald Trump, a rosy outlier on the science of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been that way since before the virus spread widely in the United States, when he supposed that the…

Trump struggles to adjust to crisis presidency

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has never been known for his patience or long attention span. Now, as the coronavirus crisis threatens his presidency, and upends his campaign for reelection, Trump is rapidly losing patience with the…

American attitudes make virus response a hard sell

When Americans are summoned to deal with an attack or defy overwhelming odds, the response typically goes something like this: Fight. Hold the line. Stand together. This won’t stop us. Keep on living your life. We will prevail. Some of the…

US moves nearer to shutdown amid coronavirus fears

CHICAGO Officials across the country curtailed many elements of American life to fight the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, with health officials recommending that groups of 50 or more don’t get together and a government expert saying a…

Trump, American exceptionalism and the virus

WASHINGTON Americans normally hear from President Donald Trump when he is opining on Twitter, riffing from a rally stage or otherwise improvising. This past week was different as he sat in the Oval Office with a script laid out for him to…

With unease, Americans lurch into coronavirus era

So this is where we are: Major League Baseball’s opening day postponed. Broadway and Hollywood grinding to a halt, and March Madness canceled. Universities from Harvard to UCLA telling students to stay away. Most travelers from Europe…

Sanders may have learned wrong lessons from 2016

Bernie Sanders pledged to harness the energy from his first campaign to turn out more voters in 2020. He would build a coalition of black, young and working-class voters who were energized by his transformative vision for America to build a…

Coronavirus clusters swell on both sides of the US

Alarming clusters of the coronavirus swelled on both coasts of the U.S. on Tuesday, with more than 70 cases now tied to a biotech conference in Boston and infections turning up at 10 nursing homes in the hard-hit Seattle area. Presidential…

Trump, Saudi crown prince talk amid oil price war

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman on Monday amid a global oil price war started by the oil-rich Kingdom last weekend. "The President and the Crown Prince discussed global energy markets and other…

Trump’s rosy take on govt’s handling of virus

WASHINGTON As the stock market convulses, airline schedules buckle and businesses worry their overseas supply lines will snap, President Donald Trump is looking on the sunny side of an economy clouded by the coronavirus. For weeks he’s…

Trump acquitted, Democrats in disarray

Nearly four weeks have passed since the U.S. Senate acquitted U.S. President Donald Trump of impeachment charges leveled against him by the U.S. House of Representatives. But the modern news cycle now changes so quickly that the entire…

New child may be rival for insecure spouses

In spouses who are insecure and anxious, a new child can spark feelings of jealousy and fears of being abandoned by their partners, suggests a study. The new study found that partners who showed signs of relationship anxiety before the…

US watchdog condemns India’s deadly protests

WASHINGTON The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemned Wednesday deadly protests in the Indian capital of New Delhi that left more than 30 dead. The U.S. watchdog "expresses grave concern," with USCIRF Chair…

New Army training team heads to Africa

WASHINGTON The Army, for the first time, will send soldiers from one of its new training brigades to Africa in the coming weeks, expanding the use of the new specialized units as the Pentagon looks at possible troop cuts on the continent.…

DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel

MIAMI,Florida A once-standout U.S. federal narcotics agent known for spending lavishly on luxury cars and Tiffany jewelry has been arrested on charges of conspiring to launder money with the same Colombian drug cartel he was supposed to be…

Trump: I’m number 1 on Facebook, Modi number 2

United States President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed happiness over the fact that he has more followers than any other political leader on Facebook, followed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trump made the remark in a tweet…

US seizes Iranian weapons cache in Arabian Sea

WASHINGTON The U.S. said Thursday it seized a cache of suspected Iranian-origin anti-tank weapons and other munitions in the Arabian Sea. The USS Normandy intercepted and boarded a dhow, a traditional sail boat used in the region, when it…

US senators request assessment on Kashmir issue

WASHINGTON Four U.S. senators asked the State Department on Wednesday to provide assessments on India's crackdown in Kashmir, weeks before President Donald Trump's visit to New Delhi. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike…

Oscars viewership plunges to record low

NEW YORK Without a host or a great deal of pizzazz, ABC’s telecast of the Academy Awards reached its smallest audience ever of 23.6 million viewers. The Nielsen company said Sunday night’s audience was down 20 percent from a year ago. The…

Trump acquitted by Senate in impeachment trial

President Donald Trump has been cleared in his impeachment trial, ending a congressional bid to oust him from office that bitterly divided the US. The Senate, run by the president’s fellow Republicans, voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges…

GOP sends message that Trump’s actions were OK

Republicans have decided it was OK. With their expected vote this coming week to acquit President Donald Trump of abusing power and obstructing Congress, GOP senators are giving their express approval to the conduct that landed Trump at…

Trump on lifting Iran sanctions: ‘No thanks!’

NEW YORK U.S. President Donald Trump rejected Iran's proposal to lift sanctions against Tehran Saturday. "Iranian Foreign Minister says Iran wants to negotiate with The United States, but wants sanctions removed. No Thanks!," Trump wrote…

4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Kansas

HUTCHINSON, Kan. A small earthquake was reported in southern Kansas on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck about 2 miles (3 kilometers) southwest of Hutchinson shortly after 1 p.m. The service had…

Iran’s next : A cyberattack on the US?

For the overwhelming number of Americans who have little interest in adding a war with Iran to the list of ill-advised, modern U.S. military conflicts, this week brought only confusion about what lies ahead. On the one hand, leaders from…

Trump backs Iranian anti-government protestors

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump threw his support Saturday behind Iranian anti-government protestors after Tehran's unintentional downing of a Ukraine plane. "To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I've stood with you since…

Iran condemns new US sanctions

TEHRAN Iran condemned Saturday new U.S. sanctions on manufacturing and construction companies as well as Iranian officials. “Unfortunately, the Americans involved in a type of unilateral, illegal, inconclusive and repetitive behavior and…

Trump changes terms of 2020 race with Iran turmoil

The election was always going to be about Donald Trump. But over the span of a few days, the yearslong focus on the Republican president’s performance on the economy, health care and immigration has been overtaken by an urgent debate over…

US: Fans hail first Muslim mayor for Cambridge

LONDON The northeastern United States university city of Cambridge elected what has been hailed as the first Muslim mayor in the history of the state of Massachusetts, according to social media postings and local media reports. Sumbul…

US B-52s head to Indian Ocean amid Iran tension

The U.S. is planning to deploy six B-52 strategic bomber aircraft to a base in the Indian Ocean amid heightened tension with Iran, according to a media report. Citing a U.S. official, CNN claimed Monday that the B-52s will be available for…

Sierra skeleton ID’d as ‘ghost of Manzanar’

LOS ANGELES: A skeleton found by hikers this fall near California’s second-highest peak was identified Friday as a Japanese American artist who had left the Manzanar internment camp to paint in the mountains in the waning days of World War…

Trump’s 2019: A year in executive orders

NEW YORK: U.S. President Donald Trump used his executive powers throughout 2019 to advance his policy agenda around the world, notably slapping sanctions on Iran, Turkey and Venezuela, and supporting Israel. Trump signed an executive…

Impeachment forever changes Trump’s legacy

NEW YORK: The first line of President Donald Trump’s obituary has been written. While Trump is all but certain to avoid removal from office, a portion of his legacy took shape Wednesday when he became just the third president in American…

Base shooter watched shooting videos before attack

PENSACOLA, Fla:  The Saudi student who fatally shot three people at a U.S. naval base in Florida hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, a U.S. official told The Associated Press…

UN Council votes to send observers to Yemen

UNITED NATIONS The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes the deployment of observers to war-torn Yemen to oversee a fragile truce in the strategic Red Sea port of Hodeida. The draft, which was…