U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

Aug 20, 2016

U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

The U.S. has twice scrambled fighter aircraft to protect American special operations forces and allies after Syrian government warplanes attacked near the northeastern city of Hassakeh, officials said Friday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S. has increased combat air patrols in that area ...

Aug 20, 2016

Ex-SEAL to pay $6.6 million to settle case over Osama bin Laden book

The former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will pay the government more than $6.6 million for violating non-disclosure agreements and publishing without getting the document cleared by the Defense Department, according to ...

Zika spreads to Miami Beach; U.S. expands travel warning

Aug 20, 2016

Zika spreads to Miami Beach; U.S. expands travel warning

Federal health officials on Friday warned pregnant women not to travel to trendy Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggested that pregnant women who ...

Pesticide-resistant whitefly found in U.S.; crop devastation feared

Aug 18, 2016

Pesticide-resistant whitefly found in U.S.; crop devastation feared

A tiny, invasive whitefly that is resistant to pesticides and carries crop-devastating viruses has been found outdoors in the United States for the first time, raising concerns among fruit and vegetable growers. The Q-biotype whitefly turned up in April in the heavily manicured gardens ...

Seoul, Washington slam North Korea's plutonium claims

Aug 18, 2016

Seoul, Washington slam North Korea's plutonium claims

North Korea’s claim that it has restarted production of plutonium was met with indignation from South Korea and a rebuke from Washington. “If North Korea has produced plutonium as reported, it is violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution that bans all nuclear-related activities,” ...

82,000 evacuated over Southern California wildfire

Aug 17, 2016

82,000 evacuated over Southern California wildfire

Authorities in Southern California ordered the evacuation of 82,000 people on Tuesday after a wildfire broke out in a mountain pass and rapidly engulfed 15,000 acres (6,000 hectares) of terrain. Officials said about 700 firefighters were battling to control the blaze in an area ...

China seeks closer military ties with Syria

Aug 17, 2016

China seeks closer military ties with Syria

China wants to have closer military ties with Syria, state media on Tuesday cited a senior Chinese officer as saying during a rare visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country. While relying on the region for oil supplies, China tends to leave Middle Eastern ...