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Russian navy reconnaissance frigate Liman leaves from the Black Sea fleet's base at Sevastopol, Crimean peninsula, in 1999.<br>Efrem Lukatsky/AP

US to monitor Russian-Chinese naval drills in Baltic Sea

U.S. European Command is monitoring a series of coming exercises between Russia and China in the Baltic Sea, warning Moscow to observe safety protocols that American officials accuse Russia of flouting.


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US, Australia form formidable amphibious alliance during Talisman Saber drills

Under the cover of darkness, U.S. and Australian troops aboard the USS Green Bay loaded into small rubber boats early Wednesday and crept toward the eastern Queensland shore.


N. Korea calls South’s efforts to improve ties ‘nonsense’; Seoul still hoping for talks

A day before South Korea hoped to hold talks aimed at easing border tensions, North Korea’s main newspaper called efforts to improve ties “nonsense” as long as Seoul maintains what it called confrontational policies and a dependence on the United States.

Iraqi officer seeks vengeance in Mosul, where killings mount

Videos that emerged last week showed troops in Mosul taking captured IS suspects and throwing them one by one off a high wall next to the Tigris River, then shooting their bodies below.



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France's Macron visits air force base amid military crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron promised an "unprecedented" hike in defense spending next year and vowed to safeguard the country's nuclear deterrent, as he tries to show his commitment to the troops amid a crisis over the military budget.



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Duterte flies to besieged city, warns of other attacks

The Philippine president flew for the first time Thursday to a besieged southern city to cheer troops who have been trying to quell a nearly two-month uprising by Islamic State group-linked militants, who he warned were plotting to attack other cities.