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U.S. Navy sends two ships through strategic Taiwan Strait

9:36am IST

WASHINGTON The U.S. military said it sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, its latest transit through the sensitive waterway and a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world's two biggest economies.

Pentagon mulling U.S. military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East - officials

8:28am IST

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

Poland, U.S. near deal for more American troops, no sign of "Fort Trump"

22 May 2019

WASHINGTON/WARSAW Poland and the United States are close to a deal on an increased U.S. military presence in the central European state, including more personnel and infrastructure, ahead of a visit by President Andrzej Duda to Washington in June, officials told Reuters.

U.S. says signs Syria may be using chemical weapons, warns of quick response

22 May 2019

WASHINGTON The United States sees signs the Syrian government may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack on Sunday in northwest Syria, the State Department said on Tuesday, warning that Washington and its allies would respond "quickly and appropriately" if this were proven.

U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

20 May 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, angering Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world's two biggest economies.

Pentagon seeks to use funds to transport, lodge Taliban members in search of ceasefires

17 May 2019

WASHINGTON The Pentagon said on Thursday that it had asked Congress for the authority to help fund lodging and transportation for Taliban members who were interested in negotiating local ceasefires with the Afghan government, as the Washington seeks an end to the more than 17-year-old war.

Pentagon eyes longer-term support on U.S.-Mexico border

12 May 2019

MCALLEN, Texas Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan made his second trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday as the Pentagon looks to develop a longer-term plan to support President Donald Trump's immigration policies. | Video

Pentagon to transfer $1.5 billion to border wall from Afghan forces, other areas

11 May 2019

WASHINGTON Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved the transfer of $1.5 billion to build more than 80 miles (130 km)of barriers on the border with Mexico, U.S. officials said on Friday, including taking about $600 million from an account meant for Afghan security forces.

Trump picks ex-Boeing executive Shanahan as defense secretary

10 May 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump plans to nominate Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing Co executive, as his defense secretary, the White House said on Thursday, breaking with tradition by choosing someone who made a career at a top defense company as Pentagon chief.

Pentagon says U.S. carrier, bombers sent to Middle East on 'credible threat' by Iran

07 May 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Monday he had approved sending a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East because of indications of a "credible threat by Iranian regime forces," but did not provide any details on the underlying intelligence.

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Theresa May in peril over Brexit on EU election day

Prime Minister Theresa May was under intense pressure to name a date for her departure after her final Brexit gambit failed, overshadowing a European election that will show a United Kingdom still riven by divisions over its EU divorce.