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In this March 11, 2019, file photo, Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, walks with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, before their meeting at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role in the Arab world after decades of conflict. It is focusing on a centrist policy and its top leaders are determined to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

After ISIS war, Iraq seeks to reclaim status in Arab world

- Associated Press

After decades of conflict, Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role and status in the Arab world with a centrist policy and a determination among the country’s top leaders to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States.

A U.S. Marine Corps carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Slutman, of Newark, Del., was among three American service members killed by a roadside bomb on Monday, April 8, near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with U.S.

- Associated Press

The Taliban announced Friday the start of their spring offensive despite talking peace with the United States and ahead of a significant gathering of Afghans meant to discuss resolutions to the protracted war and an eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country.

Technicians stand next to the SpaceIL lunar module, an unmanned spacecraft, is on display in a special "clean room" where the space craft is being developed, during a press tour of their facility near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries plan to launch their unmanned spacecraft to the moon early in 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli spacecraft loses contact, crashes on moon

- Associated Press

An Israeli spacecraft lost contact with Earth and crashed just moments before it was to land on the moon late Thursday, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history as the first privately funded lunar mission.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, second from left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, second from right, and U.S. Strategic Command Commander Gen. John Hyten, right, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington , Thursday, April 11, 2019, on the proposed Space Force. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Space Force plans meet with skepticism, confusion on Capitol Hill

- The Washington Times

President Trump’s proposed Space Force hit its first public roadblock on Capitol Hill Thursday as senators on both sides of the aisle questioned acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and other senior civilian and military Pentagon leaders on the need to create an entirely separate military branch for space.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in waves before leaving for the United States at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, South Korea, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Moon will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in aims to bridge divide between U.S., North Korea

- The Washington Times

As North Korea digs in its heels amid a “tense” relationship with the U.S., South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Washington on Wednesday for a key meeting with President Trump — an opportunity, experts say, for Mr. Moon to seize the moment and pave a path forward in the stalled denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

This image released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows the asteroid Ryugu Friday, April 5, 2019. Japan's space agency JAXA said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft released an explosive onto the asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system. Friday's mission is the riskiest for Hayabusa2, as it has to immediately get away so it won't get hit by flying shards from the blast. (JAXA via AP)

Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

- Associated Press

Japan’s space agency said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully dropped an explosive designed to make a crater on an asteroid and collect its underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, address a Joint Meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, having been invited by the bipartisan leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NATO chief pitches value of alliance to Congress amid tensions

- The Washington Times

“It’s good to have friends.” That was NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s parting advice at the end of a milestone address to a joint session of Congress, a highlight of three-day Washington visit meant to mark the 70th anniversary of the Western military alliance and — politely — take on the arguments of an American president who has questioned the alliance’s purpose and the commitment of other members to fund its operations.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov pose for photographs prior to their meeting in the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya, Turkey, Friday, March 29, 2019. The two ministers attending the Turkey - Russia Joint Strategic Group Meeting comes ahead of municipal elections scheduled to be held across Turkey on Sunday March 31. (Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey reaffirms commitment to Russian S-400 defense system

Associated Press

Turkey’s foreign minister said Friday his country is committed to a deal to purchase advanced Russian surface-to-air missile defense system, despite warnings from Washington that the deal could put the NATO member country’s participation in the U.S. F-35 fighter aircraft program at risk.

This Thursday, March 14, 2019, file photo shows a Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. America's standing as the model for aviation-safety regulation will be on trial as congressional hearings begin Wednesday, March 27, 2019, into the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of Boeing before and after two deadly crashes of its best-selling airliner. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Major revamp planned for FAA’s oversight process

- Associated Press

America’s standing as the model for aviation-safety regulation will be on trial as congressional hearings begin into the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Boeing before and after two deadly crashes of its best-selling airliner.

Pentagon to defend projects targeted by Trump border project

- Associated Press

Top defense leaders are expected to get a barrage of questions when they face worried lawmakers on Capitol Hill for the first time since the Pentagon spelled out the military construction projects that could lose funding this year to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan wave before boarding their airplane to Beirut at Ben Gurion airport near Lod, Israel, Friday, March 22, 2019. (Jim Young/Pool Photo via AP)

Mike Pompeo in Lebanon to talk Hezbollah amid Golan condemnation

- Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with Lebanese leaders on Friday amid strong regional condemnation of President Donald Trump’s declaration that it’s time the U.S. recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

U.S. Navy SEALs in action. (U.S. Navy photo)

Inside Trump’s escalating war on terror in Africa

- The Washington Times

Despite reports the Pentagon will pull back its presence in Africa, the Trump administration’s military campaign against a radical Islamist group in Somalia is accelerating to a record level amid allegations from leading human rights groups that the U.S. is killing civilians and perpetrating war crimes.