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Politics Feb 06Pentagon says war in Afghanistan costs taxpayers $45 billion per year
Lawmakers, skeptical about the prospects of victory, grilled the Trump administration Tuesday on the direction of the nation's longest-running war, now in its 17th year.
World Jan 19Pakistan’s ace in poker match with US: Afghan air routes
Pakistan's ability to shape the destiny of America's longest war is a reminder of how much leverage the country maintains at a time Trump is suspending hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance.
Politics Jan 17Tillerson signals deeper U.S. military commitment in Syria
The mission as described by Tillerson now appears bigger. Beyond defeating IS and al-Qaida, it includes several longshot propositions.
Politics Jan 05U.S. holding back security assistance provided to Pakistan
The United States has announced it is suspending security assistance to Pakistan for failing to take "decisive action" against Taliban militants targeting U.S. personnel in neighboring Afghanistan.
World Jan 02Trump says his ‘nuclear button’ is bigger, more powerful than North Korea’s
The president's Tuesday evening tweet came in response to Kim's New Year's address, in which he repeated fiery nuclear threats against the United States.
World Dec 21U.S. levies sanctions against Myanmar general for violence against Rohingya Muslims
In all, the Trump administration announced penalties against 13 people worldwide.
Politics Dec 15WATCH: Tillerson backtracks on offer of unconditional North Korea talks
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's declaration before the U.N. Security Council marked a stunning reversal after he proposed discussions with Pyongyang without preconditions earlier this week.
Politics Dec 13Tillerson offered unconditional talks with North Korea. Now what?
North Korea, which now describes its nuclear force as complete, isn't showing interest in dialogue. At least yet.
Politics Dec 13Tillerson says U.S. open to possible talks with North Korea
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has softened America's stance on possible talks with North Korea.
World Dec 10U.S. wants world to isolate North Korea, so what’s that mean?
Like international economic penalties, the Trump administration believes diplomatic isolation serves two purposes.