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President Donald Trump stands with Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis as a parade passes reviewing stand in front of the White House last month.

Mattis Disagrees With Trump's Characterization Of Media As 'The Enemy'

Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Sunday that he disagreed with President Donald Trump's recent declaration that the press is "the enemy."

Speaking with reporters while traveling in the United Arab Emirates, Mattis said that although he, too, has at times had a contentious relationship with reporters, "the press, as far as I'm concerned, are a constituency that we deal with, and I don't have any issues with the press myself."

Facebook claims to have 1.23 billion daily users globally. Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he wants that number to grow and for users to conduct their digital lives only on his platform.

Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?

The chief of Facebook made an ambitious announcement last week, though it would have been easy to miss. It came Thursday afternoon — about the same time that President Trump held his news conference. While the reality-TV icon is a genius at capturing our attention, the technology leader's words may prove to be more relevant to our lives, and more radical.

President Trump speaks during his campaign-style rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Florida on Saturday.

Trump Says, 'Look What's Happening In Sweden.' Sweden Asks, 'Wait, What?'

In the span of a single sentence, President Trump managed to flummox a nation.

"We've got to keep our country safe," Trump said at a campaign-style rally Saturday in Melbourne, Fla. "You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden — Sweden, who would believe this?"

Swedes, in turn, answered Trump's question with a question of their own: "Wait — what?"

A fighter of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) paramilitaries stands guard near the front-line village of Ayn al-Hisan, west of Mosul, where Iraqi forces were preparing to launch an offensive to retake the western side of Mosul from the Islamic State.

Iraq Opens Offensive On Western Mosul In New Push To Reclaim ISIS Stronghold

The Iraqi offensive to retake the western half of Mosul has begun, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Sunday. The long-awaited assault comes just over a month after Iraqi forces largely cleared Islamic State militants from the districts east of the Tigris River in the major Iraqi city.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket sits on the launch pad Saturday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX scrubbed the Saturday launch due to a technical issue. The company is tried again — and succeeded — on Sunday.

On Second Attempt, SpaceX Launches Rocket At NASA's Historic Pad

To paraphrase an age-old saying: If at first you don't succeed, well, dust off the historic launch pad and try another liftoff.

President Trump takes questions from reporters during a news conference Thursday. His supporters like it when he criticizes the media.

5 Questions After A Chaotic Week In The Trump White House

What a week it was for Donald Trump.

Ahmed Ali loves Garden City, and tells everyone, even people suggesting he go back to Africa, that he's going to grow old there, but the bomb plot gave him what he described as a flashback to the violence he left in Somalia.

A Thriving Rural Town's Winning Formula Faces New Threats Under Trump Administration

This is a two-part story on immigrants and small town viability. Part one aired on this Weekend Edition Saturday. For the full story, listen to both audio segments.

Like thousands of rural towns across the country, Cawker City, Kan., was built for bygone time.

Resident Linda Clover has spent most of her life in Cawker City, and she loves the place, but it's a shell of the town it used to be.

Noor Rashid Ibrahim (left) of the Royal Malaysian Police speaks about one of the North Korean suspects, with Selangor state police chief Abdul Samah Mat looking on, in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

North Korean Regime Blamed As Kim Jong Nam Death Investigation Widens

South Korea's government says it's convinced the North Korean regime orchestrated the bizarre poisoning death of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"We are observing this pointless and merciless incident with grave concern," the South Korean Unification Ministry said in a statement Sunday.

Many of the Japanese Americans incarcerated at Tule Lake had been farmers before the war. At camp, they were employed as field workers, often for $12 a month. Here, incarcerees work in a carrot field.

Farming Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese-Americans Remember WWII Incarceration

At 98, Riichi Fuwa doesn't remember his Social Security number, but he remembers this: "19949. That was my number the government gave me," he said. "19949. You were more number than name."

That was the number that Fuwa was assigned when he was 24 years old, soon after he was forced off his family's farm in Bellingham, Wash., and incarcerated at the Tule Lake camp, just south of the Oregon border in California's Modoc County.

Sundaygar Moses, now 12, was suffered a gunshot wound as an infant. Due to an infection, his right leg had to be amputated beneath the knee. His new prosthetic is a close match to his skin tone.

Top Items On This 12-Year-Old's Wish List: 'A Leg, A Bicycle'

The Children's Relief Ministry orphanage sits at the end of a dirt road in Paynesville, Liberia. There's no running water or electricity. Many of the 40 or so boys and girls who live there lost their parents in the country's civil war or to the more recent Ebola epidemic.