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Filipino, US Troops Hold Drills Near Disputed Sea

SAN ANTONIO, Philippines — More than 100 Filipino and U.S. Marines in assault amphibious vehicles conducted a mock assault on imaginary enemies in military drills Monday on a beach in northwestern Philippines facing the South China Sea, where Manila is locked in a territorial dispute with China. The amphibious tanks sailed from a U.S. ship anch... more

Marines with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion conduct a ''hasty beach report'' during an amphibious landing exercise at the Naval Education Training Center, the Philippines, on May 9, 2014. (Marine Corps photo)

Philippine Court Urged to Block US Defense Pact

MANILA, Philippines — Two former senators, lawyers and activists asked the Philippine Supreme Court on Monday to rule on the constitutionality of an agreement with the United States that gives the American military greater access to bases across the country. They also urged the court to halt the pact's implementation until it issues a ruling. T... more

In this file photo, a U.S. Marine, left, from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Boxer Amphibious Ready Group is greeted by Filipino Marines after jumping from a helicopter during a joint military exercise in the Philippines. AP photo

US, Filipino Troops Begin Large Military Drill

MANILA, Philippines -- More than 5,000 U.S. and Filipino troops began two weeks of military exercises Monday to prepare to jointly deal with any potential crisis in the Philippines, which is prone to natural disasters and has been locked in a dangerous territorial standoff with China. U.S. and Philippine military officials said at an opening ce... more

In this file photo, a U.S. Marine, left, from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Boxer Amphibious Ready Group is greeted by Filipino Marines after jumping from a helicopter during a joint military exercise in the Philippines. AP photo

New Pact Reflects Closer US-Philippines Ties

MANILA, Philippines -- A new defense pact that will allow thousands of U.S. troops to be temporarily based in Philippines for the first time in more than 20 years signals closer cooperation in the allies' hot-and-cold relationship that has been shaped over the decades by war, terrorism and now, jitters over China's rise. The 10-year agreement, ... more

2 Philippine Soldiers, 5 Militants Die in Clashes

MANILA, Philippines -- At least two Philippine army soldiers and five Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in clashes on a southern island province, the military said Saturday. The running gunbattles that erupted early Friday on Basilan Island also wounded 28 soldiers following their assault on a group of Abu Sayyaf fighters led by Puruji Indama, a... more

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