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In reversal, Seoul to keep Japan military intelligence pact

Nov. 22, 2019 7:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a major policy reversal, South Korea said Friday it has decided to continue, at least temporarily, a 2016 military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan that it previously said it would terminate amid ongoing tensions over wartime history and trade. The announcement, made...

Korean peninsula troubles pose US security challenge

Nov. 21, 2019 4:56 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper is returning from Asia with the U.S. still facing a trio of troubles on the Korean peninsula that pose risks to the national security of the U.S. and one of its most important alliances in the region. The toughest of these problems, and arguably the most...

Iran blames deadly unrest on outsiders, including US

Nov. 20, 2019 1:04 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As a cold rain fell on a suburb of Iran’s capital on Wednesday, women swallowed by black chadors and men in green military-style jackets walked alongside the flag-draped coffin of a Revolutionary Guard member, one of over 100 people reported to be killed in...

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocket attack

Nov. 20, 2019 10:08 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria on Wednesday in a “wide-scale” operation in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. A Britain-based war monitoring group said the strikes killed at least 23 people, including 15...

Seoul faces major decision over military pact with Tokyo

Nov. 20, 2019 1:25 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Squeezed between a growing North Korean threat and a shaky alliance with the United States, South Korea must decide this week whether its national pride and deep frustrations with Japan are worth killing a major symbol of their security cooperation with Washington. After...

Esper urges ‘very public posture’ on Chinese sea claims

Nov. 19, 2019 7:35 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. defense chief on Tuesday urged governments affected by China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea “to take a very public posture” and assert their sovereign rights, adding that acting collectively is the best way to send a message...

Russia returns 3 seized ships to Ukraine, talks about summit

Nov. 18, 2019 10:56 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Three Ukrainian naval ships that were seized by Russia nearly a year ago have been returned, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Monday. The two gunboats and a tug were taken by the Russian coast guard on Nov. 25, 2018, as they maneuvered near the Kerch Strait that connects the Black Sea...

China urges US to “stop flexing muscles” in South China Sea

Nov. 18, 2019 5:10 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — China on Monday urged the U.S. military to “stop flexing muscles” in the disputed South China Sea, a point of persistent friction in a relationship both sides said was generally improving. A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense, Col. Wu Qian, told reporters in Bangkok...

The Latest: Bolivia hospital director: 5 killed in clashes

Nov. 15, 2019 8:04 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The Latest on Bolivia’s political confrontation (all times local): 9 p.m. A Bolivian hospital director says five people have been killed and at least 75 injured in a clash between pro-Evo Morales protesters and soldiers and police in the central town of Sacaba. Guadalberto...

UN adds explosive components ban to Somalia arms embargo

Nov. 15, 2019 6:30 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday extended an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab extremists — and it imposed a new ban on ingredients for explosive devices the group is increasingly using. The vote on the...