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High stakes in the waters of South China Sea

THE pledge by China and Vietnam toresolve peacefully their row overcompeting South China Sea territorialclaims is a welcome respite.

FEATURE - Tale of two ports strains Iraq-Kuwait ties

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Sitting in a traditional black funeral tent near Iraq's only outlet to the sea, businessman Sadiq Jaafar is mourning the

FEATURE - Tale of two ports strains Iraq-Kuwait ties

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Sitting in a traditional black funeral tent near Iraq's only outlet to the sea, businessman Sadiq Jaafar is mourning the

Iran ships pass via Suez, Israel says provocation

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Two Iranian naval ships passed through Egypt's Suez Canal into the Mediterranean on Tuesday heading for Syria, a source at the canal authority said, a move that Israel condemned as a

Clinton urges peaceful outcomes on maritime disputes

HANOI 0 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said maritime disagreements must be settled peacefully on Saturday at an Asia-Pacific summit marked by rhetorical clashes between China and Japan over disputed islands.

Obama pushes China on currency in meeting

UNITED NATIONS: President Barack Obama pushed Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday to make changes to a currency policy the United States says hurts struggling American workers.

FACTBOX - Ties and tensions between China and the U.S.

REUTERS - China faces pressure from the Obama administration and U.S. Congress over the yuan currency, adding to tensions that have unsettled ties in 2010.

Obama, ASEAN to call for peaceful end to sea spats

MANILA: President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders will call for the peaceful settlement of South China Sea territorial disputes and urge claimants not to resort to force, according to a draft communique.

FACTBOX - Ties and tensions between China and the U.S.

REUTERS - China faces pressure from the Obama administration and U.S. Congress over the yuan currency, adding to tensions that have unsettled ties in 2010.

Q&A - Is Israel's naval blockade of Gaza legal?

LONDON (Reuters) - Israel has said it will continue a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip despite growing global pressure to lift the siege after a navy raid on a Turkish ferry carrying aid killed nine activists this week.