US defense secretary offers assurances to Afghan leaders

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, hugs U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, after a press conference at presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that the United States will stick with Afghanistan for years to come. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that America will stick with Afghanistan for years to come as a new U.S. president takes over what is already America's longest war.



Factbox: Trump to meet with U.S. House Speaker Ryan, U.S. Senator Manchin

(Reuters) - Donald Trump was scheduled to hold additional meetings on Friday and Monday as he forms his administration before taking over from Democratic President Barack Obama on Jan. 20. The Republican president-elect has held more than 85 meetings so far, according to his transition team. Trump was to meet with the following people in coming days, according to his team: FRIDAY, DEC. 9 * U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican MONDAY, DEC. 12 JOE MANCHIN * U.S. Senator from West Virginia, a Democrat * Meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 9 WEDNESDAY, DEC. ...
Trump, U.S. House Speaker Ryan meet to discuss policy

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) stands after being renominated to be House Speaker by the House Republican caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington.NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, were meeting on Friday to discuss their policy agenda, a spokeswoman for Ryan said. Officials in Trump's team said the meeting was taking place but did not elaborate. Differences between Ryan and Trump during the presidential campaign have given way to a working relationship as the Republican president-elect prepares to take office on Jan. 20.



Court orders Swiss prosecutors to open VW criminal probe

FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file picture a security guard stands on the roof of the Volkswagen old power plant and monitors the area during the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany.2016. The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions. The European Commission also said Thursday Dec. 8, 2016 that it believes Britain and Germany "broke the law by refusing to disclose, when requested by the Commission, all the technical information" they gathered on Volkswagen emissions. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)BERLIN (AP) — Swiss prosecutors say they have seized documents at a large Volkswagen dealer after a court ordered them to open a criminal investigation.



Japan launches much-needed supplies to space station

Japan's H-IIB rocket with a capsule called Kounotori, or stork, lifts off at the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima, southern Japan, Friday evening, Dec. 9, 2016. The Japanese capsule contains nearly 5 tons of food, water and other supplies, including new lithium-ion batteries for the International Space Station’s solar power system. (Ryosuke Uematsu/Kyodo News via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Japanese capsule blasted off with much-needed supplies for the International Space Station on Friday, a week after a Russian shipment was destroyed shortly after liftoff.





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