Military and defense

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, left, next to James Manker, VA Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits, speaks about FY19 to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 20, 2018 - 4:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaigning to keep his job, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Tuesday he had no intention of quitting despite blistering findings of travel abuses connected to his 11-day trip to Europe. He issued an extraordinary warning to VA staff rebelling against him: Get back in...
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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, left, next to James Manker, VA Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits, speaks about FY19 to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 20, 2018 - 3:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, fighting for political survival over travel abuse, says he has the president's trust and will not be leaving his post. Speaking after a meeting at the White House, Shulkin told The Associated Press that White House chief of staff John...
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February 20, 2018 - 11:16 am
PEMBROKE, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. government has acquired the two final land parcels needed for a New York veterans cemetery that will eventually ease a burden for thousands of military families. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer is now urging the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to quickly begin work...
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February 20, 2018 - 9:19 am
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's army says it is planning to open a new satellite center to serve the country's military intelligence and NATO. The center will receive images of the situation on the ground around the globe from satellites, analyze them and provide them for the alliance's defense...
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David Ramsey, a Medicaid patient who suffers from chronic pain after falling off a cliff in 2011, receives acupuncture treatment in Warrensville Heights, Ohio on November 13, 2017. Long derided as pseudoscience, acupuncture is increasingly being used by doctors and officials seeking a new weapon in the nation's struggle with opioids. Ohio's Medicaid program is the latest to start covering the cost of acupuncture for low-income patients in pain, following similar programs in California, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Rhode Island. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
February 20, 2018 - 1:02 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain. "I don't like taking pain medication. I don't like the way it makes me feel," he said. Harris also didn't want to risk getting addicted to...
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Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa presents to the media arrested foreigner Fehmi Lassoued, also known as John Rasheed Lassoned, allegedly a native of Egypt, along with a Filipino companion Anabel Moncera Salipada Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Camp Crame in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Lassoued and Salipada were arrested over the weekend in possession of assorted firearms, ammunitions and components for IED (Improvised Explosives Device) such as electronic resistors, capacitors, batteries and pipe fittings. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
February 19, 2018 - 5:56 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police say authorities have arrested an Arab man who they believe is a former commander of the Islamic State group. Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Monday that police and military personnel arrested Fehmi Lassoued, an Egyptian who also uses the...
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February 18, 2018 - 8:53 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The former South African state prosecutor who led the case against convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius is prepared to take legal action against Jacob Zuma, the ex-president who left office last week following a series of scandals. A group called AfriForum said Sunday that Gerrie...
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In this photo released by Lennart Preiss/MSC 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, holds a part of a downed drone during his speech at the Munich Security Conference, MSC, in Munich , Germany, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (Lennart Preiss/MSC 2018/dpa via AP)
February 18, 2018 - 7:48 am
MUNICH (AP) — The Latest from the Munich Security Conference (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Iran's foreign minister is rejecting the idea that Tehran wouldn't respond if the United States gives up on the 2015 nuclear accord with world powers. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an opponent of...
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A demonstrator carries a poster reading: 'We Love War' as they protest against the Security Conference, MSC, in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Sebastian Gabriel/dpa via AP)
February 18, 2018 - 7:03 am
MUNICH (AP) — The Latest from the Munich Security Conference (all times local): 1 p.m. Iran's foreign minister is dismissing as a "cartoonish circus" accusations by Israel's prime minister that his country has become increasingly aggressive and sent a drone into Israeli airspace. Mohammad Javad...
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A demonstrator carries a poster reading: 'We Love War' as they protest against the Security Conference, MSC, in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Sebastian Gabriel/dpa via AP)
February 18, 2018 - 6:40 am
MUNICH (AP) — The Latest from the Munich Security Conference (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Lebanese Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf says his country is prepared to defend itself if Israel launches strikes on its territory. The comments came Sunday after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
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