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White House Wars and Military Conflicts

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's new $1.15 trillion budget would reshape America's government with the broad, conservative strokes he promised as a candidate, ordering generous increases for the military, slashing domestic programs and riling both fellow Republicans and Democrats by going after favored programs. The president's initial budget...

  • CANBERRA, Australia— An Australian court on Thursday fined gambling company Tabcorp a record 45 million Australian dollars for failing to comply with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing obligations. The Federal Court approved a settlement reached between the Sydney- based company and regulator AUSTRAC after finding Tabcorp...

  • MOSCOW— Ukraine on Wednesday announced a transport blockade of rebel-held areas that is likely to cause serious economic disruption and could threaten a precarious cease-fire in the east of the country. "It will be in place until the occupiers return stolen Ukrainian industry to Ukrainian jurisdiction," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the...

  • PESHAWAR, Pakistan— The closure of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is more than inconvenient; it is costly. This longstanding tension reached a breaking point when Pakistan closed all border crossings on Feb. 16 after a string of brutal suicide attacks last month that killed more than 125 people. Islamabad claims the attacks were orchestrated from...

  • BEIJING, March 15- China's Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday that Beijing does not want to see a trade war with the United States and urged talks between both sides to achieve common ground. Trump has attacked China on issues ranging from trade to the South China Sea and what he perceives as China's lack of interest in reining in nuclear-armed North Korea.

  • North Korea warns of 'merciless' strikes

    North Korea warned the United States of "merciless" attacks if an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson infringes on its sovereignty or dignity.

  • MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Drone with Hellfire Missiles Flying at Sunset.

    President Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, WSJ reported.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

    North Korea warned the United States on Tuesday of "merciless" attacks if an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson, which is joining South Korean forces for exercises, infringes on its sovereignty or dignity.

  • Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said.

  • A boy looks out from a window of his home in the border town of Jarablus, Syria.

    Syrian children suffered the most war-related violations in 2016 as the civil war waged on for the sixth year, a UNICEF report showed.

  • LOS ANGELES— It would seem all but impossible to sum up one of the most distinguished careers in photojournalism in only four words, but that's just what Nick Ut does when he says, "From hell to Hollywood." "That photograph illustrated dramatically what had become a regular occurrence in Vietnam over the years— napalm on distant villages, civilians killed and scared...

  • Now forces from the east loyal to military strongman Khalifa Hifter are massing nearby, threatening a new assault to wrest back the facilities, which are nominally in the hands of the Tripoli government. In another worrying step, the eastern parliament on Tuesday voted to withdraw support from the United Nations peace deal that created the Tripoli government...

  • Donald Trump

    U.S. President Donald Trump will ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her views on the conflict in Ukraine, senior Trump officials said.

  • LONDON, March 10- Britain's 6 billion pounds terrorism reinsurance fund hopes to extend its cover to include cyber attacks on property, chief executive Julian Enoizi said. Pool Re, set up in 1993, acts as a backstop to insurers paying out claims on property damage and business interruption. In 2002, Pool Re extended its cover to include chemical and biological...

  • The hermit kingdom's forays into nuclear weapons are of grave concern, William Cohen tells CNBC.

  • Trump's military spending pledge

    William Cohen, former U.S. Defense secretary, talks about Trump's plans to increase military budget.

  • North Korean military participates in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on October 12, 2015.

    I would put that as one of the most treacherous spots on the planet right now, says William Cohen, former U.S. Defense secretary, talks about the impeachment of South Korea's president and the political uncertainty it has created in the area.

  • A ballistic rocket launching drill of Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the KPA in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 7, 2017.

    Unnerved by North Korea's military threat, the U.S. and China are likely to clash as they search for a solution in how to deal with Pyongyang; analyst.

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- Last week, President Donald J. Trump chose the deck of the newest U.S. aircraft carrier, the $13 billion USS Gerald R. Ford, for a speech extolling his planned boost in military spending. Trump vowed to expand the number of carriers the United States fields from 10 to 12. Trump's expansion plans come as evidence mounts that potential enemies have...

  • U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley (L), Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations Ambassador Koro Bessho (C), and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, speak to the media after taking part in the UN Security Council consultations on North Korea's recent missile launches on March 8, 2017.

    The United States said "all options are on the table" to deal with North Korea and dismissed China's suggestion of a "dual suspension."