A Cabinet of generals? Trump's choices get mixed reviews

Dec 3, 2016

A Cabinet of generals? Trump's choices get mixed reviews

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s moves to pack his administration with military brass is getting mixed reviews as lawmakers and others struggle to balance their regard for the individuals he is choosing with a broader worry about an increased militarization of American policy. No fewer ...

Gen. James Mattis: A 'Mad Dog' with a big library

Dec 2, 2016

Gen. James Mattis: A 'Mad Dog' with a big library

Retired U.S. Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis — who for years oversaw U.S. war efforts in the Middle East and was tapped Thursday by President-elect Donald Trump as his new defense secretary — did not come by his nickname lightly. Mattis, 66, commanded ...

White House announces support for women in military draft

Dec 2, 2016

White House announces support for women in military draft

The Obama administration declared its support Thursday for requiring women to register for the military draft, a symbolic but significant shift that reflects the U.S. military’s evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at all levels. President Barack Obama has ...

Thailand's parliament invites crown prince to assume throne

Nov 29, 2016

Thailand's parliament invites crown prince to assume throne

Thailand’s parliament on Tuesday named Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as the new king, completing a formal step for the heir to take the throne following the death of his father last month. The Cabinet, following a 1924 law on succession, submitted Vajiralongkorn’s name to the ...

China protests to Singapore over troop carriers in Taiwan

Nov 28, 2016

China protests to Singapore over troop carriers in Taiwan

China said on Monday it had lodged a protest with Singapore after Singaporean armored troop carriers were seized by Hong Kong customs en route back from Taiwan, as a state-owned newspaper warned against Singapore’s “hypocrisy.” The nine troop carriers were impounded in Hong Kong ...

Iraq legalizes Shiite militias

Nov 27, 2016

Iraq legalizes Shiite militias

Rekindling sectarian rivalries at a sensitive time, Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to fully legalize state-sanctioned Shiite militias long accused of abuses against minority Sunnis, adopting a legislation that promoted them to a government force empowered to “deter” security and terror threats facing the ...