Taiwan scrambles jets, navy as China aircraft carrier enters Taiwan Strait

Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships on Wednesday as a group of Chinese warships led by China’s sole aircraft carrier sailed north through the Taiwan Strait, the latest sign of heightened tensions between Beijing and the self-ruled Taiwan. The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier, returning from exercises in the South China Sea, was not trespassing in Taiwan’s territorial waters but entered …

Trump AG nominee Jeff Sessions set to face grilling in Senate hearing

The first major test of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration comes on Tuesday, as Sen. Jeff Sessions faces a grilling from his colleagues in his confirmation hearing to become attorney general. Sessions’ hearing, which begins on Tuesday and continues into Wednesday, is expected to be one of the most contentious of any of Trump’s nominees. Democrats are preparing to interrogate Sessions …

Aim is for Trump security team to be in place by Day One: U.S. Senate chief

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell met President-elect Donald Trump on Monday and said he hoped lawmakers would confirm six or seven national security appointees by the time Trump enters the White House in 11 days. With the Senate preparing for a crush of hearings to confirm appointees to Trump’s Cabinet, McConnell told reporters they also discussed “getting further down …