The US Defense Department is considering plans to deploy thousands of heavily armed Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) to East Asia, in a bid to reposition American military forces from the Middle East to the Pacific aimed at containing rising Chinese influence in the region, Pentagon officials say.
US military to deploy 1000s of Marines to E Asia to curb China's clout
US President Donald Trump signed a crucial spending bill Friday, reopening the US government after a brief shutdown, the second in three weeks, and a night of high drama in Congress.
Trump signs bill ending government shutdown
The US Congress ended a brief government shutdown on Friday by reaching a wide-ranging deal that is expected to push budget deficits into the $1 trillion-a-year zone.
Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown
Russia reminded the US that its presence in Syria is illegal after the coalition struck pro-government fighters.
Moscow slams ‘illegal’ US presence in Syria
The US Senate has approved a budget deal including a stopgap funding bill, but the vote early on Friday came after a midnight deadline and too late to prevent a federal government shutdown.
US government shuts down despite late Senate vote on budget deal
A senior US intelligence official claims the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several US states prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Russians penetrated US election systems, top US official claims
A US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress long-range bomber has dropped a record number of precision guided bombs on alleged Taliban targets across Northern Afghanistan, the US Forces-Afghanistan says.
US B-52 bomber drops record number of bombs in Afghanistan
An American sailor serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan has been arrested by Japanese police over sexual assault charges, according to the US Navy.
Another US sailor arrested in Japan over sexual assault
The top American military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, has warned that any war between the United States and North Korea would be "nasty."
Top US General Dunford says war with North Korea will be 'nasty'
The House intelligence committee's probe of Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election spun further into charges and counter-charges among angry US lawmakers and President Donald Trump as the panel voted to release a second classified memo about whether the FBI and Justice Department conspired against him.
US House committee votes to release Democrats' classified memo

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