More National Security Articles

  • Congress won't give Obama what he wants to handle border crisis

    Not only is President Obama not going to get the $3.7 billion he wants to deal with a surge of migrant children on the southern border, he'll be lucky if he gets anything soon.

  • Scotland's bid for independence puts White House in awkward diplomatic spot

    The United States' longstanding "special relationship" with the United Kingdom is being tested as Scotland prepares to vote on whether to become independent after a 307-year political union with Britain.

  • Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

    CAIRO (AP) — Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met twice Friday in Cairo with U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh...

  • Why Malaysian Airlines crash was not a game-changer, after all

    For President Obama, the crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight in Ukraine wasn't really a game-changer. Even as global anger against Russian President Vladimir Putin has grown for his indirect role in the crash, Obama hasn't spent much political capital pressing the issue, while Europe remains...

  • Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

    OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso (AP) — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week. The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria's flagship carrier, disappeared from radar...

  • Navy secretary: Cost for newest ship will decline

    ABOARD USS INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday. The Navy designed littoral combat ships to have smaller crews and lower costs than other vessels, but a Government...

  • Obama visits with nonprofit head, ex-gang members

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama met privately Thursday with four former gang members and the head of a Los Angeles nonprofit that is helping them turn around their lives. The brief meeting with Homeboy Industries founder Father Gregory Boyle and the four teenagers who all served time...

  • UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard....

  • Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker. Cruz...

  • Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. In a testy exchange, Sen. Bob Menendez lashed out at senior...

  • Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs. Gates also once headed the CIA. He says he recognizes the ocean-to-ocean diplomacy the Obama administration has been carrying out in the Mideast...

  • Immigrant kids and the fear of disease

    The insistence on stigmatizing migrating foreigners because they are not exempt from normal health troubles is an old disorder. But it's entirely homegrown.

  • US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis....

  • House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, leaving any solution...

  • Governor: Border crossings a humanitarian issue

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday the arrival of unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is more of a humanitarian issue than a political one. The Democrat said the state "is willing to do its part" but offered no details on what it might do or what...



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