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U.S. Army Capt. Jennifer Kooken is reflected in a glass screen that protects samples from contamination at the Australian Defence Force's Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, July 20, 2019.<br>Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes

Army microbiologist helps battle mosquito-borne illnesses from lab Down Under

A U.S. Army-run laboratory on an Australian military base is helping protect troops from mosquito-borne diseases in tropical environments such as the training areas used in this month’s Talisman Sabre exercise Down Under.


Japan’s Abe pushes charter change despite election results

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called for public debate on revising Japan’s pacifist constitution, saying voters who handed his ruling bloc a majority in weekend parliamentary elections have given him a mandate.


Tensions rise after attack targeting Hong Kong protesters

An overnight attack by white-clad assailants apparently targeting pro-democracy protesters raised tensions to new levels in Hong Kong on Monday as China harshly criticized the weekend demonstration, saying “central authority cannot be challenged.”


Duterte: No way to stop China from fishing in exclusive zone

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday there was no way to stop Chinese nationals from fishing in his country’s exclusive economic zone claimed by China and added that he would not risk losing Filipino forces in a clash with the Asian superpower in the disputed South China Sea.

India launches moon mission on second attempt

After what it called a "technical snag" aborted the first launch attempt a week ago, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully sent Chandrayaan-2 on its journey to the moon Monday afternoon.


Tokyo 1-Year Out: Scandal, high costs but unrivaled demand

Despite scandals, rising costs and doubts about the economic payoff, the Tokyo Olympics will be a must-see event — if you can find a ticket or a hotel room — when they open in a year.


Amid protests, Duterte to address Congress led by his allies

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday is to address a joint session of the Philippine Congress where his allies have greater control to press for his priorities like reinstating the death penalty and amending the pro-democracy constitution.


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