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This undated file image provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shows a wanted poster for Isnilon Hapilon, who was purportedly designated leader of the Islamic State group's Southeast Asia branch in 2016 but has long ties to local extremist movements. Philippine security officials told The Associated Press that Isnilon Hapilon, who is listed among the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects, and Omarkhayam Maute were killed in a gun battle and their bodies were found Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 in Marawi.<br>FBI via AP, File

US official says DNA test confirms top Filipino terror suspect is dead

DNA tests have confirmed the killing of one of the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects, who the Philippine military reported was killed by Filipino troops in a final battle to quell an Islamic State group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, U.S. and Philippine officials said Saturday.


USS Fitzgerald sailors awarded for efforts following deadly June collision

Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to 36 crew members “who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts."


Polls indicate Japanese PM Abe headed for easy victory

Media polls indicate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition will handily win a general election Sunday, possibly even retaining its two-thirds majority in the more powerful lower house of parliament.


New hull crack, typhoon divert collision-damaged USS McCain to Philippines

The guided-missile destroyer developed a 4-inch-long crack along its starboard side while transiting to Yokosuka Naval Base aboard the MV Treasure.

Presidential visits to DMZ send strong signal to North Korea

Several U.S. presidents have traveled to the 2.5-mile-wide, 150-mile-long buffer zone that divides the Korean Peninsula. The tense border, fraught with danger and symbolism, provides the perfect backdrop for a show of resolve against the North.


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Chinese power over North Korea? It's more myth than reality

At first glance, it seems the perfect solution to the world's most dangerous standoff: Find a way to get China to use its enormous influence to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear bombs. The reality, however, is that the complicated, often exasperating, relationship is less about friendship or political bonds than a deep and mutually uneasy dependency.


Russian ships visit, deliver military arms in Philippines

Three Russian navy ships arrived in the Philippines on Friday and two others are coming to deliver donated military equipment in the country's third naval visit under President Rodrigo Duterte, who has vowed to diversify the country's ties away from the United States and toward China and Russia.


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