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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>China claims most of the South China Sea, …

North Africa

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

President Obamahas repeatedly touted the U.S.-led coalition assembled to battleIslamic Statemilitants, 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 over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met for more than four hours and …


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 …

Middle East