Military and defense

FILE - President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. President Donald Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias. Trump announced the pardon on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 calling it his “Great Honor.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
November 25, 2020 - 9:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Justice Department stepped in to...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2014 file photo US and German flags fly outside the Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Germany's top administrative court has ruled that the country's government can't be forced to ensure that U.S. drone strikes controlled via an American military base on German territory are in line with international law. The decision Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig overturns a ruling last year that held the German government partly responsible for making sure that such military operations comply with international law. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool, File)
November 25, 2020 - 1:27 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top administrative court has ruled that the country's government can't be forced to ensure that U.S. drone strikes controlled via an American military base on German territory are in line with international law. The decision Wednesday by the Federal Administrative Court in...
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German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks during a questioning of the Federal Government as part of a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. On Wednesday Germany’s Cabinet has approved legislation that would provide compensation to gay servicepeople who experienced discrimination in the military until a change of policy in 2000. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
November 25, 2020 - 7:53 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation that would provide compensation to gay servicepeople who experienced discrimination in the military before a change of policy 20 years ago. The decision comes two months after Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer issued an...
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President-elect Joe Biden removes his face mask as he arrives to introduce his nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. President-elect Joe Biden’s first wave of Cabinet picks and choices for his White House staff have prized staying power over star power, with a premium placed on government experience and proficiency as he looks to rebuild a depleted and demoralized federal bureaucracy.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
November 25, 2020 - 5:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Competence is making a comeback. President-elect Joe Biden has prized staying power over star power when making his first wave of Cabinet picks and choices for White House staff, with a premium placed on government experience and proficiency as he looks to rebuild a depleted and...
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November 25, 2020 - 4:15 am
LASALLE, Ill. (AP) — State officials have launched investigations into a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff members, and killed 27 veterans. News outlets reported Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office and the state’s...
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November 25, 2020 - 1:49 am
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The Azerbaijani army has entered the Kalbajar region, one more territory ceded by Armenian forces in a truce that ended deadly fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The cease-fire, brokered by Russia two...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers her policies at chamber of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Lam said Wednesday that the city's new national security law has been “remarkably effective in restoring stability” after months of political unrest, and that bringing normalcy back to the political system is an urgent priority. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
November 24, 2020 - 11:27 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Wednesday that the city's new national security law has been “remarkably effective in restoring stability” after months of political unrest, and that bringing normalcy back to the political system is an urgent priority. Lam made the comments in her...
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President-elect Joe Biden introduces nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
November 24, 2020 - 4:42 pm
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Declaring "America is back," President-elect Joe Biden introduced his national security team on Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on experts from the Democratic establishment to be some of his most...
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President Donald Trump, followed by Vice President Mike Pence, left, walks into the briefing room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, to make a statement. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
November 24, 2020 - 4:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that he is not giving up his fight to overturn the election results, but across the federal government, preparations were beginning in earnest to support President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration. Within hours of the General...
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A model of the planned domestic submarine is displayed at the CSBC Corp's shipyards in the southern city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen inaugurated the production of domestically-made submarines Tuesday in the southern city of Kaohsiung, in a step forward for the island's defense strategy at a time of elevated tensions with China. (AP Photo/Huizhong Wu)
November 24, 2020 - 12:20 am
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president inaugurated the production of domestically made submarines Tuesday in the southern city of Kaohsiung, in a step forward for the island's defense strategy at a time of elevated tensions with China. “This submarine is an important part of allowing our navy...
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