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Defense Secretary Mark Esper listens during a news conference with South Korean National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo at Pentagon in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Mark Esper likely to face heat in Pentagon budget hearing

- The Washington Times

Defense Secretary Mark Esper will face a congressional gauntlet on Wednesday as he makes his first public defense of President Trump’s Pentagon budget request, likely to face questions on a range of hot-button issues from shipbuilding cuts and troop withdrawals in Africa and Afghanistan to the president’s decision — again — to tap the Pentagon’s budget to pay for his wall along the border with Mexico.

An Indian activist holds a placard during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump during his India visit, in Gauhati, India, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modis Hindu nationalist government is pulling out all the stops, at an expense of more than $14 million, to woo the president and first lady Melania Trump. But experts have said that very little of substance will be achieved for either side beyond the pageantry and symbolism. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Hindu-Muslim violence casts shadow on Trump ends India visit

- The Washington Times

President Trump refused to be drawn into a public debate Tuesday over a new citizenship law in India that sparked deadly protests during his visit, saying only that he discussed religious freedom at length in private with his host and friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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A shop burns as a mob sets it on fire during violence between two groups in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. At least 10 people were killed in two days of clashes that cast a shadow over U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to the country. (AP Photo)

Death toll rises to 20 from Delhi riots during Trump trip

- Associated Press

At least 20 people were killed in three days of clashes in New Delhi apparently sparked by President Donald Trump's first state visit to India, with the death toll expected to rise as hospitals were overflowed with dozens of injured people, authorities said Wednesday.

Congresswoman: Science should guide nuclear storage decision

- Associated Press

A member of New Mexico's congressional delegation wants to ensure a “sound and robust” scientific review is done before federal regulators decide whether to sign off on plans for a multibillion-dollar temporary storage facility for spent nuclear fuel.

US lobstermen may see relief from steep Chinese tariffs

- Associated Press

China is making U.S. lobster eligible for a tariff reduction, good news for lobster fishermen who lost a key export market during trade hostilities, Maine's congressional delegation announced Tuesday.

Kosovo: 2nd former fighter refuses war crimes court summons

- Associated Press

A former independence fighter in Kosovo said Tuesday that he would not submit to questioning by a Netherlands-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war.

A woman walks past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Shares are mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street suffered its worst session in two years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumping more than 1,000 points on fears that a viral outbreak that began in China will weaken the world economy.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Senators warn Trump not to blow the coronavirus response

- The Washington Times

Senators on Tuesday warned President Trump not to underestimate the cost of fighting the coronavirus and complained about conflicting messages from his team, as cases neared 1,000 in South Korea, an Iranian health minister got sick, and Wall Street continued to take a beating from the outbreak.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pompeo blasts China, Iran for response to virus outbreak

- Associated Press

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday hit out at China and Iran for their response to the outbreak of coronavirus, accusing the two governments of censorship and of trying to cover up the severity of the spread of the deadly illness.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook, depicting Julian Assange, centre, in the dock with his defence team, Edward Fitzgerald QC, left, and Mark Simmons QC, at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London, during an extradition hearing, Monday Feb. 24, 2020.  The U.S. government began outlining its extradition case against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a London court. (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)

Lawyer complains of prison treatment of WikiLeaks' Assange

- Associated Press

A lawyer for Julian Assange complained Tuesday that the WikiLeaks founder was handcuffed 11 times, stripped naked twice and had court papers taken away on the first day of a hearing on his extradition to the United States.