Military and defense

Ashes from Mount Kusatsu-Shirane cover near its summit after its eruption in Kusatsu, Gunma prefecture, central Japan, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. A disaster official said the volcano erupted and caused avalanche near the ski resort. (Suo Takekuma/Kyodo News via AP)
January 23, 2018 - 10:04 am
TOKYO (AP) — Twelve people, including eight soldiers, skiing on the slopes of a volcano near a famous hot spring resort in central Japan were injured Tuesday by flying rocks during a sudden eruption, officials said. One soldier later died. The eruption quickly darkened the ski slope at Mount...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, then Egyptian armed forces Chief of Staff, Sami Annan performs prayers for 16 Egyptian soldiers who were killed, in Cairo, Egypt. A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader has written an open letter to Annan, a retired Egyptian army general seeking to run for president, listing the outlawed group's conditions for supporting his candidacy against Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a general-turned-president who has decimated the Brotherhood since removing it from power in 2013. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
January 23, 2018 - 9:53 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military on Tuesday arrested its former chief of staff, who was planning to run in upcoming elections against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, accusing him of inciting against the armed forces and forgery, in what appeared to be a calculated move to push him out of the race...
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A billboard supporting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in the presidential election scheduled for March hangs in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. El-Sissi is virtually guaranteed to win a second four-year term amid a heavy clampdown on dissent. Arabic reads, "So you can build it." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
January 23, 2018 - 8:27 am
CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on events related to Egypt's elections (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A statement by the campaign of former military chief of staff and presidential hopeful Sami Annan says it is suspending its activity indefinitely following a statement by the armed forces listing an array of...
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A Turkish push into Kurdish territory.
January 23, 2018 - 8:23 am
BEIRUT (AP) — France's top diplomat and the U.S. defense secretary Tuesday urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its battle against a Syrian Kurdish militia as the Turkish military pressed its operations in north Syria for the fourth straight day. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said intense...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks as his Indonesian counterpart Ryamizard Ryacudu, right, listens during a joint press conference following their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Mattis said the Trump administration wants to help Indonesia play a central role in maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
January 23, 2018 - 7:02 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Turkey's air and ground offensive against Kurds in northwestern Syria has distracted from international efforts to finish off the Islamic State group and has disrupted humanitarian relief work, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis raised the matter in an...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
January 23, 2018 - 5:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take...
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A group of senators gather off the Senate floor to speak to reporters after reaching an agreement to advance a bill ending a government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. From left are, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 23, 2018 - 12:26 am
The deal to break through the Senate stalemate over immigration and border security that shut down the government is a bare-bones accord. It provides temporary funding to keep the government operating for just under three weeks. Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a stopgap spending...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
January 22, 2018 - 6:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sped toward reopening the government late Monday as Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant "dreamers" and other contentious...
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a press conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London, Monday Jan. 22, 2018. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that he sees progress in getting European support for tough new penalties against Iran that could prevent a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. (Toby Melville/Pool via AP)
January 22, 2018 - 12:37 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Europe (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States is discussing with Turkey and others the possibility of setting up a security zone on the Syria border to address Turkey's concerns...
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The dome of the Capitol Building is visible at left of a closure sign that is posted outside of the Library of Congress during a government shutdown in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 22, 2018 - 12:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government shutdown has effectively cleaved the federal workforce in half, sowing confusion and frustration among hundreds of thousands of affected workers, including some who reported to work Monday only to turn right back around. "I'm on the shelf," Rusty Payne, a furloughed...
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