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Under fire _ from GOP _ Trump digs in on Confederate icons

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:34:57 GMT2017-08-18T00:34:57Z

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) -- With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump on Thursday burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency....

US helping clear 'historic' amount of explosives in Mosul

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:28:20 GMT2017-08-17T22:28:20Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby-trap tucked inside....

Senior officer on damaged ship to be relieved of command

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:20:43 GMT2017-08-17T23:20:43Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the Navy's second-ranking admiral said Thursday....

US condemns Spanish attack, pledges justice for terrorists

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:56:31 GMT2017-08-17T22:56:31Z

BRIDGWATER, N.J. (AP) -- The United States swiftly condemned Thursday's deadly attack in Barcelona and offered assistance to authorities in Spain....

GOP senator says Trump hasn't shown stability, competence

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:18:51 GMT2017-08-17T21:18:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A prominent Republican senator delivered a stinging rebuke Thursday of Donald Trump's short time in office, declaring he has not shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed....

Pelosi calls for removal of Confederate statues from Capitol

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:14:01 GMT2017-08-17T21:14:01Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Thursday for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol as the contentious debate over the appropriateness of such memorials moved to the halls of Congress....

Before Camp David talks, Mattis says Afghan strategy is near

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:49:39 GMT2017-08-17T19:49:39Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After months of sometimes heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost reached a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He gave no hint of what the strategy would look like....

'Maniacal' focus on China puts Trump aide out of mainstream

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:49:24 GMT2017-08-17T22:49:24Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House adviser Steve Bannon isn't alone in pondering America's possibly generation-defining question about China's emerging superpower status - but his call for an "economic war" puts him far outside the mainstream....

Pence tours Panama Canal as he wraps up Latin America trip

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:48:45 GMT2017-08-17T23:48:45Z

PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence toured the newly expanded Panama Canal Thursday as he wrapped up a truncated trip to Latin America....

The Latest: Trump won't back down on Confederate monuments

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:52:29 GMT2017-08-18T02:52:29Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT):...