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Inside Yemen's secret prisons: 'We could hear the screams'
Up to 2,000 people are estimated to have disappeared in a network of secret prisons in Yemen run by the United Arab Emirates and allied Yemeni forces, where former detainees say torture and abuse are rampant.
In Yemen's secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates
Former prisoners say torture widespread at network of UAE-run prisons in Yemen where US interrogated detainees
The Note: Senate’s unhealthy start on health care
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY Time to show their work : Senate Republicans share their health care draft this morning after negotiating it behind closed doors. The bill is expected to roll back Medicaid expansions but more gradually than the House bill, and establish tax credits to help consumers buy
Despite Trump tweet, Mattis, Tillerson are full steam ahead on China, North Korea
After a day of meetings with top Chinese officials , Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. and China have made progress on a handful of issues and are pushing ahead on pressuring North Korea -- despite President Donald Trump ’s claim that “it has not
McCain says 'we have no strategy' to end Afghan stalemate
Sen. John McCain , R-Ariz. criticized military strategy in Afghanistan Monday, less than two weeks after three U.S. soldiers were killed in an attack for which the Taliban later claimed responsibility. McCain cited the deaths, in which an Afghan soldier turned his gun on the Americans, as rationale
The Note: Hush of tragedy
WHAT TO KNOW TODAY Rep. Steve Scalise is in critical condition and will undergo more surgery, according to hospital authorities, after he and a lobbyist, a congressional staffer and a Capitol Police officer were struck in a shootout Wednesday morning while Republican members of Congress were
The Note: Sessions gets scrappy
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY Attorney General Jeff Sessions vehemently denied that he in any way colluded with Russia in the 2016 election or had a third private meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Still, he remained tight-lipped about his conversations with President Trump .
Trump gives Pentagon authority to determine troop levels in Afghanistan
The Trump administration has granted the Pentagon the authority to manage troop levels in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. official who said the decision is expected to be announced on Wednesday. The move means it will likely be up to Defense Secretary James Mattis to decide whether to send more
US military in Mideast hindered by Saudis' rift with Qatar: Tillerson
As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries Friday to “immediately take steps to de-escalate” the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, which he said is “hindering U.S. military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS,” President Donald Trump
US strikes pro-Syrian regime forces 15 miles from coalition training facility in Syria
The U.S. conducted airstrikes Tuesday on a group of pro-Syrian regime forces about 15 miles from the city of At Tanf in southeastern Syria, the U.S. military said. The group, which Defense Secretary James Mattis previously said may be directed by Iran, was within the "deconfliction zone"