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Bush defends news media, says 'we all need answers' about Russia

Former President George W. Bush addressed a range of issues Monday, including his views on news media, blocking immigrants and refugees and national security.

House intelligence leader, White House say no proof of talks with Russia

A GOP lawmaker said Monday there's no evidence of contact between President Trump's camp and Russian intelligence last year -- a claim ridiculed by Democrats.

Trump to health insurance CEOs: Market will stabilize

President Donald Trump told a group of health insurance CEOs that his new insurance program will be good for patients and "hopefully for the companies."

Austal's next-gen patrol boat completes detailed design review

Austal's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project for Australia will move forward after completing its detailed design review, the company announced.

Defense Dept. sends options for fighting Islamic State to Trump

The Pentagon sent what it called a "preliminary framework" to the White House for President Trump to consider his options for fighting the Islamic State.

U.S. Air Force taps Raytheon for mobile sensors

Raytheon received a $128 million contract to support the U.S. Air Force's Mobile Sensors program.

Australia restores defense ties with Indonesia

Canberra and Jakarta will resume military training exercises and defense-related exchanges according to a joint statement from government leaders.

Orbital ATK production of artillery shell guidance kits tops 10,000

More than 10,000 precision guidance kits for artillery projectiles have been delivered to the U.S. Army, Orbital ATK reports.

Orthodox Jews try to disrupt women's service at Israel's Western Wall

Thousands of Orthodox Jewish men and women attempted to disrupt progressive women from conducting a prayer service at the Western Wall in Old City of Jerusalem.

Bomb threats target Jewish centers, schools in several U.S. states

The Anti-Defamation League on Monday said there were reports of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and schools in several U.S. states.

U.K. MOD reveals $2.12B upgrade plan for Scottish bases

Britain's defense ministry will spend $2.12 billion to upgrade Scottish military bases, government officials announced.

Kim Jong Nam's death ordered by Kim Jong Un, South Korea says

South Korean intelligence officials said that North Korean leader Kim Jung Un ordered the Feb. 13 death of his older half-brother Kim Jong Nam.

Minnesota officer pleads not guilty in shooting death of Philando Castile

A Minnesota police officer charged in the slaying of a 32-year-old man in July pleaded not guilty in a St. Paul courtroom.

Nigeria religious leaders look past hate in conflicted country

The rise in hate groups and hate-related incidents in the United States – and elsewhere – is stoking concerns about social peace.

Trump to propose $54B increase in defense spending

President Trump will release an budget proposal for a $54 billion increase in defense and security spending that will be offset by cuts to other agencies.

GA-ASI forms team to supply Reaper drones to Australia

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has formed a team with Australian industry to support an Australian military program for Reaper remotely piloted aircraft.

Turkey will end operation in Syria after Manbij captured: Erdogan's adviser

Turkey plans to end its military operation in Syria after the city of Manbij is captured, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Moscow.

Israel strikes Gaza in retaliation for rocket attack

Israel Defense Forces tanks and aircraft struck five Hamas targets in Gaza in retaliation for a rocket attack, the army confirmed.

China arrests 800 in yearlong underground banking crackdown

China arrested more than 800 people last year involved in unlicensed banking operations totaling $131 billion, the Ministry of Public Security announced.

S.C. Army National Guard troops deployed for NATO operation

A company from the South Carolina Army National Guard was deployed to train in Texas before being sent to Europe as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Airbus Helicopters modernizing Germany's CH-53s

Airbus Helicopters is to retrofit 26 German military CH-53 heavy lift aircraft, replacing obsolescent components with up-to-date parts.

Watch live: Sean Spicer gives daily press briefing

Press Secretary Sean Spicer is giving his first daily press briefing Monday since a press event last week that some media outlets were barred from attending.

Iraqi forces capture two west Mosul neighborhoods, key bridge

Iraqi security forces have captured west Mosul's al-Tayyaran and Maamoun neighborhoods, as well as a key bridge in the battle against the Islamic State.

Small plane crash kills two near Southampton, N.Y.

Two people died and a third was injured when a small plane crashed at an airport near Southampton, N.Y., officials said.

U.S. Navy contracts Boeing for P-8A enhancements

Boeing received a $41 million contract from the U.S. Navy to perform software sustainment and enhancement services for the P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

Carnival float in Rio de Janeiro injures 20 people

At least 20 people were injured when a Carnival float in Rio de Janeiro veered out of control and started to crush them.

Indictments ready in South Korean corruption scandal

The independent counsel team investigating South Korea's presidential corruption scandal will indict remaining suspects on Tuesday.

U.S. Navy places Trident II guidance system production order

The U.S. Navy awarded the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory a $59.6 million contract modification for Trident MK 6 guidance system production work.

Militant Islamists in Philippines behead German hostage

The militant Islamist group in the Philippines, Abu Sayyaf, beheaded a hostage after a ransom deadline passed, the Philippine government announced.

Land swap clears way for THAAD missile system in South Korea

A South Korean company agreed to a land swap to allow the THAAD anti-missile system to be placed on what is now a golf resort, the defense ministry announced.

Heavy rains in Chile cause floods, landslides that kill 3

Officials in Chile declared a red alert in several regions due to heavy rains that caused flooding and landslides that killed at least three people.

Iran, Russia review new oil arrangement

Amendments to a 2014 proposal to swap oil for goods calls for the purchase of 100,000 barrels of oil per day from Iran, Russia's government said Monday.

UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

On Feb. 27, 1933, it was announced that President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt would use a 263-year-old tattered Dutch Bible that had been in the possession of his family since 1670 for his inauguration on March 4.

TV journalist Shifa Gardi killed in Mosul roadside bomb-explosion

Rudaw Media Network says one of its star war correspondents was killed and her cameraman injured this weekend in a roadside bomb-explosion in Mosul.

Poll: 44 percent of Americans approve of the job President Trump is doing

Forty-four percent of Americans approve of the job U.S. President Donald Trump is doing in office, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll indicated.

French historian detained for 10 hours by U.S. Customs

U.S. Customs officials in Houston detained a French historian for 10 hours while on his way to speak at a symposium at Texas A&M in College Station.

White House: Wait to see if special prosecutor needed in Russian probe

White House spokeswoman said it's too early to decide attorney general should recuse himself, appoint special prosecutor to examine Russia's role in election.

U.S. Supreme Court weighs N.C. law banning sex offenders from social media

Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether North Carolina law banning sex offenders from social media sites, including Facebook, violates First Amendment.

Driver rams car into German pedestrians, killing one man

A man deliberately rammed a car into a pedestrian area in Heidelberg, Germany, killing a 73-year-old man and injuring two others.

Christie to Republicans avoiding town halls: Do your job

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bluntly criticized his fellow Republicans for avoiding town halls even though their congressional constituents are hostile.

Democrats retain control of Delaware Senate after district's special election

Democrats retained control of the Delaware state Senate after winning a special election for a district seat.

Russians protest on second anniversary of Boris Nemtsov's slaying

Several thousand Russians marked the second anniversary of the slaying of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov by marching Sunday outside the Kremlin in Moscow.

Malaysia: North Korea leader's half brother suffered quick, 'very painful death'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother suffered a "very painful death" about 20 minutes after a toxic nerve agent was smeared on his face in Malaysia.

Suspected drunk driver injures 28 at New Orleans Mardi Gras parade

Police in New Orleans said at least 28 people were injured when a pickup truck struck two other vehicles and ran into a crowd at New Orleans' Endymion parade.

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb, 26, 2017

On Feb. 26, 1929, Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park was established following the signing of an executive order by President Calvin Coolidge.

Fox News claims Swedish unknown Nils Bildt is 'national security advisor'

Officials in Sweden claim they've never heard of Nils Bildt, the man described by Fox News as a 'Swedish defense and national security advisor.'

Trump to skip White House Correspondents' Dinner

President Trump announced he will not attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Scott Pruitt says EPA could begin rolling back Obama rules next week

New EPA head Scott Pruitt said the agency could begin rolling back Obama-era rules as early as next week.

Tom Perez elected new DNC Chair in second round of voting

Tom Perez was elected as new chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday in a contentious race.

Philippines protesters gather on anniversary of political uprising

Thousands of people rallied to support and protest Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on the anniversary of the revolt against a former dictator.