June 23, 2013 |
AMMAN, Jordan - About 900 U.S. military personnel, including dozens staying on from joint military drills, are in Jordan to bolster its defense and prevent the Syrian civil war from spreading across its border, Jordan's prime minister said Saturday. It was the first time a Jordanian official disclosed publicly the numbers of U.S. troops in the Arab kingdom, sent there in recent weeks for military exercises and other deployments. Abdullah Ensour told reporters Saturday that 200 of the personnel were experts training Jordanians to handle a chemical attack.
April 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House said that despite bellicose rhetoric from North Korea, the Obama administration has not seen changes in the regime's military posture. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the U.S. has not detected any military mobilization or repositioning of forces from Pyongyang to back up the threats from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Nonetheless, the U.S. has made a point of publicizing its own recent military moves, including the deployment of bombers and F-22 stealth fighters to South Korea as part of military exercises.
October 22, 2012 |
ON BOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON - A U.S. aircraft carrier group cruised through the disputed South China Sea on Saturday in a show of American power in waters that are fast becoming a focal point of Washington's strategic rivalry with Beijing. Vietnamese security and government officials were flown onto the nuclear-powered USS George Washington ship, underlining the burgeoning military relationship between the former enemies. A small number of journalists were also invited to witness the display of maritime might in the oil-rich waters, which are home to islands disputed between China and the other smaller Asian nations facing the sea. The visit will likely reassure Vietnam and the Philippines of U.S. but could annoy China, whose growing economic and naval strength is leading to a greater assertiveness in pressing its claims there.
July 31, 2012
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It's easy to make fun of the Palins' penchant for playing themselves on television — I've done it often enough myself. But while it was a little odd to have a former vice presidential candidate at a poolside party at the Beverly Hilton last week to promote her husband's appearance on an upcoming NBC "reality" competition, "Stars Earn Stripes," and only a few days later, at the same hotel, have ABC introduce her oldest daughter to the Television Critics Association as one of the returning "all-star" competitors on "Dancing With the Stars," we're in an odd time, and in an odd place.
July 27, 2012 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — You never know who you'll meet at the Beverly Hilton, the hotel where Whitney Houston died, John Edwards met his mistress and where TV critics congregate for a couple of weeks in the summer. We're used to seeing stars — it's why we come here, after all — but we're not used to seeing Sarah Palin. The former governor of Alaska was easily the biggest draw Tuesday evening at a poolside NBC cocktail party to promote several of its new shows, including "Stars Earn Stripes," the military-themed competition series in which her husband, Todd, will appear starting Aug. 13. Wearing a dark olive wrap dress, killer heels and a fashionable pair of shades, Palin looked perfectly at home, cheerfully posing for pictures and chatting with reporters a few feet from her husband, who'd earlier insisted to me that the Palins hadn't yet passed the Kardashians as "reality" regulars.
July 9, 2012 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - In a show of force, Syria began large-scale military exercises Sunday to simulate defending the country against outside "aggression. " Damascus' staunch ally Iran warned of a "catastrophe" in the region if no political solution to the 16-month-old Syrian conflict is found. Tehran is Syria's closest ally, and has stood by President Bashar al-Assad's regime throughout the revolt against his rule despite a growing chorus of international condemnation. The relentless bloodshed has accelerated diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the crisis, and spurred some in the Syrian opposition to urge the West to intervene militarily to stop a conflict that activists say has left more than 14,000 people dead.
February 27, 2012 |
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's newly installed leader Kim Jong Un threatened Sunday to launch a powerful retaliatory strike against South Korea if provoked. It was the second such threat in recent days. North Korean state media said Pyongyang's forces would deal harshly with any threat posed by Monday's scheduled annual South Korean-U.S. military drills, which North Korea characterizes as a dress rehearsal to an invasion. South Korean and U.S. officials say the 12-day drills, which they called computer-simulated war games, are defensive.
February 5, 2012
Greek official says deal issues remain ATHENS, Greece - The Greek finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos, said Saturday that talks between the government and its foreign creditors on a second rescue deal were "on a razor's edge," adding that though progress had been made on some levels, crucial issues were unresolved. Agreement was reached on issues such as recapitalizing Greek banks and privatization of state assets, he said. "Two major, interrelated issues remain unresolved - labor relations and wages in the private sector, and the fiscal measures that must be taken to ensure we are within target for 2012," Venizelos said after a two-hour conference call with eurozone officials.
May 23, 2007 |
Gov. Corzine yesterday called for the closure of the Warren Grove bombing range in the South Jersey Pinelands, where a military training exercise is believed to have sparked last week's wildfire that burned through more than 17,000 acres of forest. Speaking to reporters during a wide-ranging question-and-answer session outside Drumthwacket, his official residence, Corzine said the public had been "threatened too many times" by incidents at the Air National Guard facility and he was "strongly in favor of its closing.
May 5, 2000 |
Puerto Rican activists plan to snarl rush-hour traffic in Center City this afternoon to draw attention to the arrests of anti-military protesters on Vieques Island. Plans for the demonstration began as soon as the news broke yesterday morning that U.S. marshals had started rounding up those opposed to the military's use of Vieques as a practice range for bombing drills. "We knew it was coming," Carmen Bonilla-Lewis, a protest organizer and director of operations at Taller Puertorriqueno, a Latino cultural center in North Philadelphia, said of the arrests.