By Sui-Lee Wee | The New York Times (free)
The United States is increasing its military presence in the Philippines, gaining access to four more sites and strengthening the Southeast Asian nation’s role as a key strategic partner for Washington in the event of a conflict with China over Taiwan.
By Emily Rauhala | The Washington Post
Ukrainian officials have a long list of requests for their European allies this week: fighter jets and other heavy weaponry to fend off a looming Russian offensive, European Union membership within a few years, legal mechanisms to hold Russians to account,and a plan to use seized Russian assets for reconstruction.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to meet Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the threat posed by Iran’s military and nuclear ambitions.
By Michael M. Phillips | The Wall Street Journal
Kenya is asking the U.S. to pay for the expansion of a joint counterterrorism base, raising concerns in Washington that the East African country could turn to China if the Americans balk, according to U.S. officials.
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