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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, is greeted by officials as he arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 18, 2017.<br>Mark Schiefelbein, Pool

Allied spending tops agenda as Tillerson heads to NATO

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press NATO allies Friday to increase their defense spending at a foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels, continuing a Trump administration policy to extract more-concrete commitments from members, State Department officials say.


North Korea reportedly conducted another rocket engine test last week

North Korea reportedly conducted another rocket-engine test last week as it seeks to develop a missile that could reach the U.S. mainland, while concern rose that the reclusive country is poised to carry out its sixth nuclear test.


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Iwo Jima veterans return to mark WWII battle’s 72nd anniversary

Francis Jackson was told he likely wouldn’t survive the attack on Iwo Jima as Marines prepared for one of World War II’s bloodiest battles.

Lockheed's $29 billion helicopter poised to win Pentagon's approval

The Pentagon is poised to review — and probably approve — a new helicopter from Lockheed Martin to transport heavy cargo for the Marine Corps in a program valued at as much as $29 billion.


As N. Korea fires missiles, some in Japan want the ability to launch strikes

As the threat from North Korea's missiles grows, so the calls in Japan for a stronger military response are getting louder.


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FACT CHECK

Trump didn't get luxury-model Air Force One

A widely shared story that claims to include photos of a recently delivered plane that will serve as Air Force One for President Donald Trump is false. The pictures included in the story do not show the presidential plane and are conceptual renderings from an outfitter of luxury aircraft.



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europe

It's over: Britain files for divorce from the European Union

The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the foundations of a bloc that is facing challenges to its identity and its place in the world.




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Islamic State holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city

Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold.