This is the 145th hand-over of American missing servicemen’s remains since 1973. The Vietnamese side’s representatives handed over to the U.S.side a set of remains found by joint and unilateral excavation teams during the 132st Joint Field Activities from July to September 2018. Speaking at the ceremony, the U.S. Government’s representative expressed thanks and highly aprpaised the humanitarian policy, good-will, and full and efficient cooperation of the Vietnamese Government and people. Representatives from the Board of Directors of Viet Nam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel (VNOSMP) and the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the U.S. MIA Office in Ha Noi joined the event. By Thuy Dung … [Read more...] about Repatriation of remains of U.S. servicemen
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he’s considering buying weapons from Russia and China while also ending joint patrols with U.S. forces in the South China Sea. In a televised speech Tuesday before military officers in Manila, Duterte said that two countries -- which he didn’t identify -- had agreed to give the Philippines a 25-year soft loan to buy military equipment. Later, he said that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and “technical people” in the armed forces would visit China and Russia “and see what’s best.” While Duterte said he didn’t want to cut the “umbilical cord” with his allies, the remarks were the latest to signal a shift away from the Philippine-U.S. defense treaty in place since 1951. Since engaging in a public spat with U.S. President Barack Obama last week, Duterte has denounced American military killings during the early days of colonial rule and called for U.S. forces to leave the southern island … [Read more...] about Duterte seeks arms from China, ends joint patrols with U.S. Region
A gunman killed three police officers and wounded three others in Louisiana's capital on Sunday, nearly two weeks after the fatal police shooting of a black man there sparked nationwide protests, one of which led to the massacre of five Dallas policemen. The suspect, described by a U.S. government official as having served in the Marine Corps, was himself shot to death minutes later in a gunfight with police who converged on the scene. Two Baton Rouge Police Department officers and one sheriff's deputy were killed, and one sheriff's deputy was left critically wounded in what Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden said began as an "ambush-style" attack on officers. Another police officer and one other deputy suffered less severe wounds and were expected to survive. Colonel Mike Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said in a press conference that the gunman was believed to have acted alone, contrary to early reports that police may have been looking for other shooters. … [Read more...] about Gunman kills 3 police officers in Louisiana; Obama condemns attack
Even as WikiLeaks released another trove of internal documents from Hillary Clinton's campaign on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted his country was not involved in an effort to influence the U.S. presidential election. Last week, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of launching a hacking campaign to "interfere with the U.S. election process." Clinton's campaign, which has charged the Kremlin is trying to help Republican Donald Trump win the White House on November 8, took its allegations a step further on Tuesday when John Podesta, chairman of the Democratic nominee's campaign, accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia. In Moscow, Putin said nothing in the hacking scandal is in Russia's interests and said all sides in the U.S. presidential campaign were misusing rhetoric about Russia for their own purposes. "They started this hysteria, saying this (hacking) is in Russia's interests, but this has nothing to do with Russia's interests," Putin told … [Read more...] about Putin dismisses accusations of meddling in U.S. election
In an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of ASEAN economy ministers meetings in Vientiane, Lopez said the key industries which would benefit would be electronics, automotives and garments. "If you don't take part in it you might lose some opportunities while other countries are enjoying them. We'd like to be part of that," Lopez said. "The new government is one that will keep the policy of maximizing FTA [free trade agreements] participation. We're close to the U.S. and we've had talks at an informal level." The TPP has been dubbed a "mega-regional accord", and once in play would be the biggest trade pact in a generation. It will be a boon in particular for lower cost manufacturing-led economies, with the prospect of sharp tariff cuts to markets like the United States already luring factory investment to TPP members. Lopez said his country was in a good position to join, having separate FTAs in place with seven of the 12 countries already. The TPP includes Australia, Brunei, … [Read more...] about Philippines holds informal TPP membership talks with U.S.