Proposed bill would allow Congress to intervene in sexual assault cases
By Emily Kopp CQ-Roll Call Congress could intervene in legal cases on behalf of military members who have been sexually assaulted under a new bill co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Brian Mast. The Florida Republican in late April introduced “Harmony’s Law,” named after his... Read more
US relations with Ecuador improving now that Assange is in custody
By Franco Ordonez McClatchy Washington Bureau Now that Ecuador has expelled Julian Assange from its embassy in London, the Trump administration is opening a “new chapter of cooperation” with the South American government. USAID Administrator Mark Green will join Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Valencia in Ecuador on Wednesday... Read more
North Korea says the US stole it’s cargo ship, demands its return
Kim Gamel Stars and Stripes North Korea on Tuesday accused the United States of “robbery” for seizing a cargo ship and demanded the vessel’s return in the latest sign of rising tensions that threaten to scuttle nuclear talks. The Wise Honest — detained in April 2018 while en route... Read more
State Department pulling all non-emergency staff out of Iraq
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The US State Department has ordered non-emergency government staff to leave Iraq, the US embassy in Baghdad said on Wednesday, amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran. The order covers non-emergency employees at the US embassy in Baghdad and the US consulate in Erbil in Iraq’s... Read more
Pompeo meeting with Putin in first official visit to Russia since Mueller report
Sabra Ayres And Tracy Wilkinson Los Angeles Times As U.S. tensions with Iran simmer, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo was in Russia on Tuesday to discuss a crowded agenda of deep differences with Russian President Vladimir Putin and possibly arrange a future summit with President Donald Trump. Pompeo... Read more
Saudia Arabia says an oil tanker has been sabotaged, drones attacked pipeline
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claims that drones attacked an oil pipeline on Tuesday, causing a severe fire that disrupted oil operations. The attack is just one of many recent assaults on oil industry in the region, coming not long after four oil tankers were sabotaged while anchored in... Read more
Pentagon moving $1.5 billion to help build US-Mexico border wall
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes The Pentagon will shift $1.5 billion from its 2019 budget, with more than half coming from support for Afghan security forces and a military retirement system, to help construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall, defense officials said Friday. The plans come nearly three months after... Read more
Chelsea Manning released from jail after two months after refusing to testify about WikiLeaks
Kate Feldman New York Daily News Chelsea Manning was released from jail Thursday after 62 days, her legal team announced. The former Army intelligence analyst was being held at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandria, Va., after she refused to testify in front of a grand... Read more
President Trump calls Brazil a ‘major non-NATO’ ally
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump said he will grant special military status to Brazil, making it a “major non-NATO ally” in a move to boost cooperation. Trump informed Congress Wednesday of his intent to make the South American state the 18th country to receive the designation.... Read more
President Trump removes interim tag Secretary of Defense and makes Pat Shanahan appointment permanent
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Pat Shanahan, who has led the Pentagon on an interim basis since January, will be nominated by President Donald Trump to take over as defense secretary permanently, the White House announced Thursday. “President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan as Secretary of Defense,”... Read more
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