Military

U.S. Army Secretary Mark Esper, Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy, Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley and Army Vice Chief of Staff James McConville hold a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on July 13, 2018.

Trump Nominates Army Secretary as Pentagon Chief

The president also announced he would promote Ryan McCarthy, a former Army ranger, to the top Army civilian slot.

Army Secretary Mark Esper (left) attends an Army Full Honors Arrival Ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, in Arlington, Virginia, on Jan. 5, 2018.

Likely Pentagon Nominee Jumps Into Iran Crisis

Mark Esper has ties to Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, but some wonder if he has the stature to stand up to Trump.

Protesters march against the now-suspended China Extradition Law on June 16 in Hong Kong.

China’s Grip on Hong Kong

Plus: The U.N. report on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, an exodus from Congo, and the other stories we’re following today.

Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves his home in London on June 13.

Here Comes Boris

Plus: Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi dies in court, the United States sends more troops to the Middle East, and the other stories we’re following today.

Then-Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, nominee to be general and commander of the U.S. Central Command, testifies during a Senate Armed Service Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2018.

New Centcom Chief Walks Tightrope on Iran as Trump Adds Troops

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie must strike a balance between sending a strong deterrent signal and provoking a war in the Middle East.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room in Washington on June 13.

Some U.S. Allies Balk at Blaming Iran for Tanker Attack

Conflicting accounts of the incidents in the Gulf of Oman stir further confusion in an increasingly volatile region.

Guy Roberts testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to be assistant defense secretary for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington on Nov. 2, 2017.

Top WMD Official Quietly Leaves Pentagon

Guy Roberts’s abrupt departure in April comes amid a long exodus of senior officials under acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

Sudanese supporters of the ruling Transitional Military Council chant slogans and wave national flags during a rally in Khartoum on May 31.

Sudan Talks Resume, Hong Kong Protests Continue

Plus: Russia releases a journalist, Botswana decriminalizes gay sex, and the other stories we're following today.

The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii prepared to moor at the historic submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on June 6. Each Virginia-class submarine uses nearly five tons of rare-earth materials.

How China Could Shut Down America’s Defenses

Advanced U.S. weapons are almost entirely reliant on rare-earth materials only made in China—and they could be a casualty of the trade war.

People cross from Guatemala to Mexico at the Talisman bridge in Chiapas State, Mexico, on June 7.

Mexico’s Other Border

Plus: Observers fear spiraling violence in Sudan, a scandal erupts in Brazil, and the other stories we're following today.

A Lockheed Martin crew chief signals to the F-35A Lightning II pilot that chocks have been placed, Feb. 4, 2019 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid)

U.S. Grounds Turkish F-35 Pilots

Pilots no longer allowed to fly or access restricted information as spat over Russian missile defense system continues.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with F-35 fighter plane pilot Lt. Col. Jason Curtis as he tours Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix on Oct. 19, 2018.

Pentagon Chief to Suspend Turkey’s F-35 Pilot Training

Turkish pilots training in the United States must leave by July 31, as Ankara refuses to ditch a Russian missile system.

U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan writes in a guest book before a ministerial talk in Seoul. SEUNG-IL RYU/NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES

Shanahan’s Review of Niger Ambush Seen as ‘Rubber Stamp’

Pentagon chief declined to recommend further punishments for senior officers involved in the fatal incident.

People chat in front of a mural depicting Iran's flag of Iran, in Tehran, Iran on May 22.

Mixed Messages on Iran

Plus: Stocks fall again amid trade war, Netanyahu misses his government deadline, and the other stories we're following today.

Narendra Modi delivers a victory speech at the BJP party headquarters in New Delhi, India.

Modi Wins Big—What’s Next?

Plus: A ruling on same-sex relations in Kenya, May's departure date, and the other stories we're following today.

Matteo Salvini, leader of the Italian Lega party, delivers a speech during a nationalist rally on May 18, ahead of EU Parliament elections.

Europe Votes

Plus: Election results expected in India, protests in Indonesia, and the other stories we're following today.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed lawmakers on the Iran threat, May 21, 2019.

United States Sticks to Iran Deterrence

Plus: Theresa May's "new deal," Sudan's protesters on strike, and the other stories we're following today.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to supporters during an election rally on April 16.

Indian Exit Polls Predict Modi Win

India’s Narendra Modi appears set for second term, Austria’s ruling coalition collapses ahead of the EU elections, and what to watch in the world this week.

People check their mobile phones next to Huawei advertising in Shanghai, China, on May 10.

Huawei Ban Takes Effect

The U.S. ban of Huawei escalates the trade war with China, government and opposition representatives for Venezuela return to the negotiating table, and U.S. lawmakers fear skewed intelligence on Iran.

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