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Navy chief orders probe into Pacific fleet after collisions

SINGAPORE (AP) -- The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after an early morning collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured.
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North Korea delays Guam missile firing, U.S. says dialogue up to Kim

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delayed a decision on firing missiles toward Guam while he waits to see what the United States does, the North's state media reported on Tuesday as the United States said any dialogue was up to Kim....
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Donald Trump threatens Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro with military action

Donald Trump said last night he was considering possible military action against Venezuela in response to Nicolas Maduro's power grab....
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Venezuela's Maduro urges direct talks with Trump

Venezuelan leader expresses willingness to hold talks with the US president on the heels of a new wave of sanctions. ...
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Iranian drone comes close to U.S. fighter jet: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unarmed Iranian drone came within 100 feet (31 meters) of a U.S. Navy warplane as it prepared to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. ...
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In Saudi Arabia’s quest to debilitate the Iranian economy, they destroyed Venezuela

Venezuela is the most disastrously oil-dependent state in the world. Oil accounts for 96 per cent of exports and more than 40 per cent of government revenues...
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U.S. Diplomats in Cuba Attacked With Sonic Weapon That Caused Hearing Loss

(WASHINGTON) — The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials believe was a string of bizarre attacks on a group of American diplomats in Havana with a covert sonic weapon that left the victims with severe hearing loss....
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Russian surveillance plane soars over the Pentagon, Capitol and other Washington sights

A Russian surveillance plane soared through secure airspace over Washington on Wednesday, presumably collecting intelligence as it traveled near the Pentagon, the Capitol and other government buildings, two U.S. officials said....
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China urges calm over North Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China urged calm on Wednesday after North Korea said it was considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam and President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury". ...
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US to Deploy A-10 Thunderbolts, Airmen to Estonia

Officials Say Deployment Meant to 'Assure' Allies...
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US Troops Are on the Ground in Yemen for al-Qaeda Offensive

Pentagon Won't Rule Out More Troops Being Sent in Coming Weeks...
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Putin says US will have to shed 755 from diplomatic staff

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday the United States would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755, heightening tensions between Washington and Moscow three days after the U.S. Congress approved sanctions against Russia....
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China’s military parade, a message of peace

...it was the first time that China marked Army Day, which formally falls on August 1, with a military parade since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.......
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U.S. orders family members of Caracas embassy staff to leave Venezuela

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday ordered family members of U.S. government employees at the American embassy in Caracas to leave Venezuela ahead of a weekend vote that has sparked violent protests....
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China closes off big chunk of Yellow Sea for military drills

(CNN) The Chinese navy is closing off a large portion of the Yellow Sea for two days of large-scale military activities beginning Thursday, according to a state-run newspaper....
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Moscow’s response to new US sanctions must be ‘painful’ - Russian lawmaker

MOSCOW: Russia should prepare a “painful” response to new US sanctions to be imposed on Moscow, Konstantin Kosachyov, a prominent member of the upper house of Russia’s parliament, said on his Facebook page on Wednesday....
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For China’s Global Ambitions, ‘Iran Is at the Center of Everything’

NEYSHABUR, Iran — When Zuao Ru Lin, a Beijing entrepreneur, first heard about business opportunities in eastern Iran, he was skeptical. But then he bought a map and began to envision the region without any borders, as one enormous market....
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North Korea promises nuclear strike on US if regime is threatened

The threat was in response to comments from CIA Director Mike Pompeo...
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Trump envoy in Israel for holy site crisis talks

A top aide to US President Donald Trump arrived in Israel Monday in a bid to ease tensions over new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site after a weekend of deadly violence....
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Iran, Iraq sign deals to increase military cooperation

Iran official vows support for Iraqi unity of all ethnic groups...
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