The Senate confirms President Trump’s pick for the Army’s top civilian post. In an 89-to-six vote, senators approved the nomination of Mark Esper as army secretary. Esper is a West Point graduate who retired as a lieutenant colonel after serving more than 20 years in the Army.
Dozens of firefighters are battling a five-alarm blaze in St Louis, Missouri. The fire is said to have started around 10:30 a.m. at Park Warehouse Services. At least one member of the fire crew is being treated for smoke inhalation.
Members of the House Intelligence Committee say they — quote — “learned a great deal” from Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. Simpson testified behind closed-doors on Tuesday, discussing his company’s role in alleged Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.
Three UCLA basketball players who were caught shoplifting in China thank President Trump for his help. During a press conference Wednesday morning, college officials say all three players have been suspended indefinitely pending the review process. The trio returned Tuesday after being detained for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in China.
President Trump is back at the White House, and says his Asia tour was a success. In a tweet Wednesday morning, the president said America is respected again in Asia, and we will see the fruits of his successful trip for many years to come.
China’s ruling Communist party is pressuring Christians to replace images of Jesus with government propaganda. On Tuesday, reports revealed Chinese authorities are ordering villagers living in poor and rural areas to hang photos of President Xi Jinping in place of religious symbols.
A U.N. committee condemns North Korea’s human rights abuses, and Pyongyang’s nuclear aspirations amid widespread starvation in the country. The drafted U.N. resolution is sponsored by Japan and the European Union, stating Pyongyang deprives its citizens of basic needs such as food and medical care in favor of its military activities. Meanwhile, North Korean media outlets claim President Trump should be sentenced to death for insulting the rogue regime’s leader Kim Jong Un.
Four senior Islamic State leaders are dead following coalition airstrikes throughout Ira” and Syria. On Tuesday, the Department of Defense issued a statement confirming the deaths, saying the move has reduced the groups ability to coordinate and launch attacks. Authorities say the militants, including an external operations coordinator and a weapons facilitator, were killed in airstrikes conducted over a three week period.
44 state attorney generals are calling on Congress to repeal a law they say reduces the DEA’S effectiveness in combating the opioid crisis. Officials sent a letter to Capitol Hill Tuesday, saying current legislation makes it harder for agents to stop orders of narcotics from ending up on the black market.