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United States Vice President Mike Pence, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg address a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. U.S. Vice President Pence is currently on a one-day visit to meet with EU and NATO officials. <br>Virginia Mayo, Pool/AP

Pence: Patience of American people being tested by NATO

NATO allies must accelerate defense spending this year in answer to a U.S. demand that Europe carry a heavier burden — or face consequences, Vice President Mike Pence said Monday during a visit to the alliance headquarters in Brussels.


Chilling CCTV footage shows killing of N. Korean leader’s brother

Chilling new security footage emerged Monday purportedly showing the assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother at a Malaysian airport.


Putting students to work inventing for US military

The U.S. military usually develops its advanced technology in classified labs staffed by gigantic defense companies. But as the Pentagon looks for new ways to reach out to Silicon Valley, some unexpected characters are getting a shot at the action.

Bill Gates: Bioterrorism could kill more than nuclear war - but no one is ready to deal with it

A genetically engineered virus is easier to make and could kill more people than nuclear weapons - and yet no country on Earth is ready for the threat, Bill Gates warned world leaders Saturday.


Mattis breaks with Trump on declaring that media are 'enemy of the American people’

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Sunday that the media is not the “enemy of the American people,” refusing to align with President Donald Trump’s startling declaration last week.


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Girl Scout program lets buyers choose to give cookies to 'local heroes' and military

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council has launched “Cookies for a Cause” donation program that will provide free cookies to military members, hometown heroes and local nonprofits.





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Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

Iraqi Federal Police forces on Monday pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half as the U.S. defense secretary started a visit to Iraq to discuss the fight against IS.