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U.S. says open to patrols with Philippines in waters disputed with China

MANILA (Reuters) - The United States is open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday, stressing it would continue to exercise “freedom of navigation” in the disputed waters.<p>An aerial view shows the Pagasa (Hope) …

Turkish and NATO radars detected Russian jet's airspace violation: Turkish PM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Both Turkish and NATO radars detected a Russian jet violating Turkish airspace, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday, refuting Russian claims that the violation was “pure propaganda.”<p>Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. …

Joe Biden

U.S. to urge partners to do more to fight Islamic State amid complaints from Pentagon

President Obama has repeatedly touted the U.S.-led coalition assembled to battle Islamic State militants, but Pentagon officials are expressing growing frustration that some of the 64 partner nations and regional groups are backing the effort in name only.<p>Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has been …

Middle East

US, China spar over North Korea, South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese officials sparred Wednesday over how to deal with North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test and ease tensions …

North Korea

Japan Will Not Join War Against ISIS for 'Foreseeable Future'

Japan will not join in any military action against the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on …

Insight: Russian bombs take toll in Syria as Islamic State under pressure

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Four months of Russian air strikes in Syria are taking their toll on rebel forces, strengthening the hand of a defiant President Bashar al-Assad as the United Nations struggles to get peace talks off the ground.<p>A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry …

Middle East