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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan prior to their meeting at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands

    The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel telling his Chinese counterparts they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.


  • Indicted senator's campaign spending questioned

    A state senator indicted on federal charges used campaign money to pay for flights to the Philippines and events at a San Francisco restaurant, activities that have possible links to gun-running and bribery allegations, a newspaper reported Friday.


  • A dilapidated Philippine Navy ship LT 57 (Sierra Madre) with Philippine troops deployed on board is anchored off Second Thomas Shoal, locally known as Ayungin Shoal, Sunday, March 30, 2014 off South China Sea.  On Saturday, China Coast Guard attempted to block the Philippine government vessel AM700 carrying fresh troops and supplies, but the latter successfully managed to docked beside the ship to replace troops who were deployed for five months. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Old US ship home to Filipinos in China standoff

    On board the crumbling carcass of this World War II-era warship, Filipino marine 1st Lt. Mike Pelotera and his eight men make their way to a mid-level deck to raise the Philippine flag up a leaning pole and then salute it. Across the calm, turquoise waters, two Chinese coast guard ships lurk, looking on.


  • A China Coast Guard vessel attempts to block a Philippine government vessel as the latter tries to enter the China Second Thomas Disputed Shoals (local name Ayungin Shoal) to replace Philippine troops and resupply provisions Saturday, March 29, 2014 off the South China Sea. Chinese coast guard ships set up a blockade but a lone Philippine boat maneuvered past them in the high seas Saturday to deliver a fresh batch of Filipino troops and food supplies to a disputed shoal in a tense, cat-and-mouse-like confrontation witnessed for the first time by journalists in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine supply ship evades Chinese vessel

    A Philippine government ship slipped past a Chinese coast guard vessel Saturday and brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base by Filipino troops to bolster the country's territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.


  • Filipino Muslims cheer after learning that a peace accord has been signed between Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally Thursday March 27, 2014 outside the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III. (AP Photo)

    Philippines and Muslim rebel group sign peace deal

    The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III.


  • A Chinese IL-76 plane searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 returns to Perth, Australia after a hunting sortie on Monday. (Xinhua news agency via Associated Press)

    Inside China: Does active role of Chinese in search for missing Malaysia jet have a dual purpose?

    Some analysts believe the search has given the Chinese military opportunities to survey waters and airspace, and gather information that would have been restricted for the People's Liberation Army.


  • Hirono sees first bill as a federal lawmaker pass

    U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii has had her first bill as a federal lawmaker signed into law, a measure speeding up tax breaks for donations made to typhoon relief in the Philippines.


  • A California highway patrol officer stands outside the office of Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, at the state Capitol, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Yee was arrested Wednesday, he declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    California lawmaker faces gun, corruption charges

    A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.


  • Heat, Spoelstra to host players from Philippines

    The State Department says it is teaming with the Miami Heat and coach Erik Spoelstra this week to host 16 players and two coaches from the Philippines, which is still dealing with the aftereffects of the typhoon that struck last fall.


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