No national decision is as consequential, irreversible and fateful as the decision to use nuclear weapons. In the United States the president, and only the president, has the authority to order the unleashing of nuclear weapons. This power is not given by the Constitution, nor any specific law. It results from a series of Cold War-era decisions made secretly by the executive branch and the U.S. military.
It's 3:11 p.m. on a cold, gray day on the North Korean side of the most heavily armed border in the world, and a lone soldier is racing toward freedom.
The US designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror has raised fears that Pyongyang could resume its weapons tests as a way to lash out at the latest effort to isolate the regime.
Eight people have been rescued and are in "good condition" after a U.S. Navy transporter plane carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan, the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said Wednesday.
Ratko Mladic, a former Serb warlord who commanded forces that carried out some of the worst atrocities of the Balkan wars, was found guilty of genocide and other crimes against humanity by an international tribunal Wednesday.
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday formally requested authorization to investigate the U.S. military and CIA for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.
This month, President Trump threatened China with the prospect of a remilitarized Japan if Beijing did not do more to push North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programs. Calling Japan a "warrior nation," Trump noted in an interview that he had warned China "you're going to have yourself a big problem with Japan pretty soon if you allow this to continue with North Korea."
Monday's announcement that the United States would label North Korea a "state sponsor of terrorism" may see a heated response from Pyongyang. For months, President Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un have been trading insults and threats, raising concerns about an open military confrontation to halt Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs.
One Air Force pilot died and another was injured when their plane crashed Monday afternoon about 14 miles from their base in Texas, military officials said.