The Philippines has taken delivery of the first two Korean-made fighter jets, the country's first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade, as it strengthens its military amid a territorial conflict with China.
Philippine marines killed eight suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group in a clash in the southern Philippines on Thursday, seizing bomb-making equipment, assault rifles and black flags, military officials said.
Protests are likely in the Philippines no matter what verdict is issued Tuesday in the trial of a U.S. Marine accused of killing a transgender woman whom he picked up in a bar and took to a hotel for sex.
China appears to be grading land for a runway on a second artificially built island in the South China Sea in a move that could further bolster its ability to defend several heavily contested islands in the region.
The bungled, deadly raid that killed Marwan, a terrorist who had a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head, marked an inglorious end to a little-known 13-year U.S. military advisory operation in the Philippines.
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