Tag: Defense and Military Forces

Chinese Troops Clean Hong Kong Streets, Prompting Fears

HONG KONG — Hong Kong was bracing for further unrest on Sunday, a day after some Chinese troops left their barracks and staged a rare, tightly choreographed cleanup of streets that antigovernment protesters had filled with bricks during the week. The brief photo op by China’s People’s Liberation Army — coupled with a continuing police […]

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Impeachment Investigators Question Budget Official About Withheld Aid

ImageOther witnesses with significant roles in American diplomacy toward Ukraine have testified that the aid was delayed as part of a broad pressure campaign. Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times WASHINGTON — House impeachment investigators met for a rare weekend session on Saturday to privately question a senior official from the White House budget office about […]

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In Strike That Killed 5 Children, Israel Said It Took Out Gaza Militant. Now It Isn’t Sure.

DEIR El-BALAH, Gaza Strip — Ismail al-Swarka was shaken from slumber after midnight on Thursday by what sounded like four missile blasts. Then he heard his neighbors screaming. What he found outside was horrifying: Eight of his relatives, including five children, had been killed in an airstrike, with several more badly wounded. As the sky […]

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South Korea Resists U.S. Pressure to Improve Ties With Japan

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Friday adamantly rejected an American request to continue sharing military intelligence with Japan, as the two American allies remained locked in festering disputes over trade and history. Mark T. Esper, the United States secretary of defense, visited Seoul to attend an annual defense meeting and personally implore his […]

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The Brief and Inspiring Life of James Le Mesurier

On Monday morning, James Le Mesurier, the founder of Mayday Rescue, a charity that supported and trained the White Helmets, the Syrian civil defense group, was found dead in Istanbul. His body was found outside a building in the Beyoglu district where he had an apartment and office. It is unclear whether Mr. Le Mesurier, […]

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ISIS Suspect Trapped at Turkish-Greek Border Is to Be Deported to U.S.

ISTANBUL — Turkey announced on Thursday that it would repatriate an American suspected of being a member of the Islamic State, after a commitment from the United States that his entry would not be blocked. The American, Muhammad Darwish Bassam, 39, had been stranded on a strip of land at the Turkish-Greek border for the […]

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As Talks With Putin Loom, Ukraine Looks in Vain for U.S. Help

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians are used to hearing the West call for stability in their country. This fall, the roles have reversed. “Ukraine would very much like to see a stable political situation in the States,” Oleksandr Turchynov, the previous Ukrainian president’s national security adviser, said in an interview. The relationship between Kiev and Washington, […]

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Women in Gambia Describe Torture After Ex-President Called Them Witches

SINTET, Gambia — Matty Sanyang was at a baby naming ceremony when the soldiers arrived in Sintet, a farming town not far from the West African coast, pulled her neighbors from their homes and announced that the president had made a decision: The people of her village were witches, and they would need to be […]

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Israel Kills Senior Islamic Jihad Commander in Gaza

JERUSALEM — In a surprise strike before dawn on Tuesday, Israeli forces killed a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip, officials said, in a rare targeted killing that was likely to prompt a fierce response. Islamic Jihad said that the commander’s wife was also killed in the attack, […]

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Macron Says NATO Is Experiencing ‘Brain Death’ Because of Trump

BRUSSELS — French President Emmanuel Macron shocked allies in an interview published on Thursday, saying that he did not know whether NATO’s commitment to collective defense is still valid and that the alliance is experiencing “brain death” because of a lack of strategic coordination and leadership from the United States. “What we are currently experiencing […]

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U.S. Envoy in Syria Says Not Enough Was Done to Avert Turkish Attack

WASHINGTON — The top American diplomat on the ground in northern Syria has criticized the Trump administration for not trying harder to prevent Turkey’s military offensive there last month — and said Turkish-backed militia fighters committed “war crimes and ethnic cleansing.” In a searing internal memo, the diplomat, William V. Roebuck, raised the question of […]

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Russia Raids a Renowned Physics Institute, and Theories Abound

MOSCOW — The Lebedev Physics Institute in Moscow helped the Soviet Union detonate its first nuclear bomb, figured out how to build a hydrogen bomb and has stood for decades in the vanguard of Russian scientific achievement. Seven of its scientists have won Nobel Prizes. So it came as a shock last week when, shortly […]

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15 Killed in Southern Thailand, in the Worst Violence in Years

BANGKOK — Gunmen killed at least 15 people at a security checkpoint in southern Thailand on Tuesday night, the worst outbreak of violence in years in the country’s insurgency-plagued border region. The attackers stormed several spots around the checkpoint, in the Muang Yala District in Yala Province. The post was guarded by a mix of […]

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Russia Dominated Syria’s War. Now It’s Sending Mercenaries to Libya.

TRIPOLI, Libya — The casualties at the Aziziya field hospital south of Tripoli used to arrive with gaping wounds and shattered limbs, victims of the haphazard artillery fire that has defined battles among Libyan militias. But now medics say they are seeing something new: narrow holes in a head or a torso left by bullets […]

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Turkey Wants Refugees to Move to a ‘Safe Zone.’ It’s a Tough Sell.

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Syrian refugees in this Turkish border town have been celebrating. Every day, news trickles of advances by Turkish-backed troops in carving out a safe zone in northeastern Syria and opening the way for the refugees to return home. Syrians like Hassan Khalil, 37, one of eight brothers and several cousins who rent […]

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‘A Very Dangerous Game’: In Latin America, Embattled Leaders Lean on Generals

An old but far from forgotten sight is returning to Latin America: presidents facing TV cameras, addressing the nation in a moment of crisis — flanked by their generals. In Ecuador, military leaders stood at attention behind President Lenín Moreno as he announced a state of emergency. A few days later, Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, […]

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ISIS Leader Paid Rival for Protection but Was Betrayed by His Own

The Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was able to hide out in an unlikely part of Syria, the base of a rival group, because he was paying protection money to its members, according to receipts for the payments recovered by researchers. The receipts, typical of the Islamic State’s meticulous bookkeeping, showed that the group […]

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Australia Proposes Face Scans for Watching Online Pornography

The Australian government has proposed using a facial recognition system it is developing to verify that people who seek to watch pornography online are of legal age. Current law in Australia does not prohibit minors from viewing pornography. But the federal government is considering proposals that would require people to prove their age before watching […]

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