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Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division storm a mock village during training at Rodriguez Live Fire Range in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, March 21, 2017.<br>Marcus Fichtl/Stars and Stripes

US, South Korean soldiers practice taking out chemical-weapons labs

Heavy infantry soldiers traded tracks and wheels for a trip through the clouds during air-assault training this week in South Korea.


Australia rejects 500 Syrian refugees on security grounds

Australia rejected 500 Syrian refugees on security grounds during more than a year of vetting while accepting 12,000 eligible for resettlement from Middle Eastern camps, an official said Thursday.


Chinese missile-test sites appear to mirror US bases in Japan

Images showing Chinese missile test sites on the edge of the Gobi Desert side by side with U.S. facilities in Japan were included in a recent report by Navy Cmdr. Thomas Shugart, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. The analysis says says U.S. forces would have almost no time to react to incoming Chinese missiles.


South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea

A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface Thursday nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the country as it searches for closure to one of its deadliest disasters.

China says no monitoring station on disputed island

China is not building an environmental monitoring station on a disputed South China Sea shoal, the foreign ministry said Wednesday, apparently denying remarks made by a local official last week.


Philippines seeks China's clarification on shoal plans

The Philippines said Wednesday that it has asked China to clarify its reported plans to build an environmental monitoring station on a disputed shoal.


Marine dies while in South Korea for joint war games

An Okinawa-based Marine has died while in South Korea for joint war games, the military said Tuesday.


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