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US moves anti-missile system to South Korean site, sparking protests

SEOUL (Reuters) — The U.S. military started moving parts of its controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier

BEIJING (Reuters) — China on Wednesday launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought second-hand, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.

Watchdog says ASEAN must stand against killings in Philippines

MANILA (AP) — An international human rights watchdog is calling on Southeast Asian leaders to take a stand against the Philippines’ war on drugs that has left thousands dead under President Rodrigo Duterte, the host of this week’s regional summit.

US submarine makes South Korea port call, North remains defiant

SEOUL (Reuters) — A nuclear-powered U.S. submarine made a port call in South Korea on Tuesday in a show of force amid concerns that North Korea may mark the foundation of its military with a missile launch or a nuclear test, defying U.S. and Chinese pressure.

Philippine army says it killed about 36 militants in three-day clash

MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine security forces killed about 36 Islamic State-linked militants in a three-day air and ground assault on a southern island, and captured the rebels’ base, an army general said on Monday.

Lawyer for Philippines hit-man files complaint against Duterte

HONG KONG/THE HAGUE (Reuters) — A Philippines lawyer filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court or ICC on Monday against President Rodrigo Duterte and senior officials, accusing them of mass murder in a nationwide anti-drugs crackdown.

US, Philippines scale back next month’s military drills, no more ‘war games’

MANILA (Reuters) — About 5,000 American and Philippine troops will hold humanitarian exercises next month instead of annual war games, scaling back military drills in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s disdain for their longstanding defense alliance.

Vice President Pence visits American Samoa

PAGO PAGO (Office of the American Samoa Congressional Delegate) — On Monday, at the request of Congresswoman Amata, Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen stopped in American Samoa on their way back to Washington, D.C. following the V.P.’s tour of Asia, where he met with strategic partners in the region to bolster economic and military cooperation.

NZ workshop highlights kava’s economic potential

AUCKLAND (RNZI/Pacnews) — A Tongan kava supplier and distributor in New Zealand says kava’s potential is still hugely underdeveloped and more can be done to package the crop creatively for a wide range of consumers and markets.

North Korea says it is ready to strike US aircraft carrier

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, in the latest sign of rising tension as President Donald Trump prepared to call the leaders of China and Japan.