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North Korea warns states: Don’t join any US action and you’re safe

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — North Korea warned countries at the United Nations on Monday in a statement: don’t join the United States in military action against the Asian state and you will be safe from retaliation.

Philippine military pushes to defeat last Marawi fighters

MARAWI (AP) — Gunfire rang out sporadically and explosions thudded as Philippine soldiers fought Tuesday to gain control of the last pocket of Marawi controlled by Islamic militants as President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city liberated from “terrorist influence.”

China’s precedent-breaking Xi Jinping gets set to bolster his power

BEIJING (Reuters) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to amass even greater power at a Communist Party Congress this week, promoting close allies, having his guiding thought enshrined in the party constitution and possibly assuming a title to put him on par with Mao Zedong.

Philippine survey shows big support for Duterte’s drugs war

MANILA (Reuters) — Nearly nine out of 10 Filipinos support Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, and almost three quarters believe extrajudicial killings are taking place in the bloody crackdown, an opinion poll showed on Monday.

Interior transfers $16.8M to Compact Trust Fund for Marshalls

WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech has announced the payment of $16,854,600 to the Compact Trust Fund for the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Marshall Islands trust fund defrauded of $1M

MAJURO — Nearly one million dollars was illegally removed from the Marshall Islands government’s United States-based trust fund and only a portion of the money has been recovered, said officials in Majuro Friday.

Interior transfers payment of $31M to Compact Trust Fund for FSM

WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech has announced the payment of $30,819,840 to the Compact Trust Fund for the people of the Federated States of Micronesia.

5 more people in custody in French Polynesia drug probe

PAPE’ETE (RNZI/Pacnews) — Police in French Polynesia have taken a further five people into custody in an ongoing probe of a methamphetamine distribution network.

US warship sails near islands Beijing claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three U.S. officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

No ‘free ride’ under free association: US military footprint ahead for Palau

KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — By the time Palauans gather to celebrate their nation’s 23rd Independence Day on October 1, a diplomatic note is expected to have arrived from the United States government formally exercising its right under the Compact of Free Association to use additional lands not identified under the compact agreement.