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Mark Esper likely to face heat in Pentagon budget hearing


p>Defense Secretary Mark Esper will face a congressional gauntlet on Wednesday as he makes his first public defense of President Trump’s Pentagon budget request, likely to face questions on a range of hot-button issues from shipbuilding cuts and troop withdrawals in Africa and Afghanistan to the president’s decision — again …

Watchdog says State Dept. diversity increasing, but not fast enough

The State Department’s workforce has gotten more diverse over the past 15 years, but ethnic minorities are still underrepresented, particularly in the senior ranks, and are less likely than their white coworkers to be chosen for promotions, a top government watchdog says.


p>A report released Tuesday by the …

UN Security Council approves resolution on Yemen sanctions


p>UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Tuesday extending targeted sanctions in Yemen following contentious negotiations including on whether to refer to U.N. experts’ findings that Yemen’s Houthi Shiite rebels are receiving parts for drones and weapons, some with technical characteristics similar to arms manufactured in …

Julian Assange case: Lawyer for WikiLeaks founder says treatment of client could amount to contempt

A lawyer for Julian Assange complained in court Tuesday over treatment the jailed WikiLeaks founder allegedly endured following the first day of his extradition trial this week.


p>Edward Fitzgerald, a British attorney defending Mr. Assange against a U.S. extradition request, cried foul over conduct he said occurred after Monday’s hearing …

Congresswoman: Science should guide nuclear storage decision

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A member of New Mexico’s congressional delegation wants to ensure a “sound and robust” scientific review is done before federal regulators decide whether to sign off on plans for a multibillion-dollar temporary storage facility for spent nuclear fuel.


p>U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in an interview …

Tokyo Olympics threatened by coronavirus: IOC member warns of cancellation

TOKYO - A senior member of the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers are more likely to cancel it altogether than to postpone or move it.


p>Dick Pound, a former Canadian …