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U.S. has 'no interest' in new conflict in Middle East - military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East but will defend American interests including freedom of navigation, the U.S. military said on Thursday as it directed a destroyer to the scene of an attack in the Gulf of Oman.

U.S. consults allies on how to protect shipping in wake of tanker attacks -senior U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is discussing with its allies a variety of options on how to protect international shipping in the Gulf of Oman in the wake of tanker attacks that Washington has blamed on Iran, senior Trump administration officials said on Thursday.

U.S. calls attacks on commercial shipping 'unacceptable'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday called attacks on commercial shipping "unacceptable" and told the U.N. Security Council that the latest assaults on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that left one ablaze and both adrift "raise very serious concerns."

Attacks on civilian vessels are unacceptable - PM spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - Attacks on civilian vessels like the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman are completely unacceptable and Britain is ready to assist in any investigation into the incident, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said.

France calls for restraint after Gulf of Oman tanker attack

PARIS (Reuters) - France's foreign ministry called for restraint and a de-escalation of tensions in the Gulf region after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

China warships leave Sydney after surprise visit 'raises hackles'

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Three Chinese warships sailed out of Sydney on Friday after an unannounced visit that came amid a tussle for influence between Australia and China in the Pacific.

China and U.S. clash again on trade and regional security

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China and the United States clashed again this weekend on trade and security, accusing each other of destabilising the region and potentially the world.

‘Competition does not mean conflict’: American defence chief leaves door open to cooperation with China

Patrick ­Shanahan’s address to Singapore security forum signals Washington’s willingness to ­engage with Beijing, Chinese colonel says

Taiwan shows military might

PINGTUNG (Taiwan): Taiwan’s air, sea and land forces conducted a drill to repel an invading force, as its defence minister pledged to defend the self-ruled island against China’s rising military threat.

Taiwan holds military drills, vows to defend against Chinese aggression

PINGTUNG, Taiwan (Reuters) - Taiwan's air, sea and land forces conducted a drill to repel an invading force on Thursday, as its defence minister pledged to defend the self-ruled island against China's rising military threat.