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Images show rapid Chinese progress on new South China Sea airstrip

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia.

Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama ended a landmark day in India on Monday with a pledge of $4 billion (2.65 billion pounds) in investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the "untapped potential" of a business and strategic partnership between the world's largest democracies.

Singapore slams Iran for firing warning shots at commercial ship

SINGAPORE: Singapore on Monday condemned Iranian forces for firing warning shots in the Gulf at a commercial ship registered in the Asian city-state, calling it a “serious violation of international law”.

Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen despite calling off air campaign

CAIRO/ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Yemen on Wednesday despite an announcement by Riyadh that it was ending its campaign of air strikes, while renewed fighting erupted on the ground between rebels and forces loyal to the exiled president.

Iran slammed for firing warning shots at tanker

SINGAPORE: The republic has condemned Iranian forces for firing warning shots in the Gulf at a commercial ship registered in the Asian city-state, calling it a “serious violation of international law”.

Taiwan offers South China Sea peace plan to avert 'major conflict'

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan proposed a peace initiative on Tuesday to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea that it says will reduce tensions that have put Beijing at odds with its neighbours and the United States.

ASEAN draft statement says South China Sea land reclamation risks security

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - ASEAN host Malaysia is set to give in to pressure from some neighbours and address the sensitive issue of land reclamations in the South China Sea with a draft summit statement saying such action may undermine peace, security and stability.

China maritime tensions dominate Southeast Asia summit

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Southeast Asian leaders edged closer to open criticism of China's land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea at a regional summit on Monday, as the Philippines drew the ire of Beijing which called its objections to the work "unreasonable".

U.S., Japan unveil new defence guidelines for global Japanese role

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for defence cooperation on Monday, reflecting Japan's willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea.

Break the vicious cycle, Singapore tells South China Sea rivals

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's prime minister called on countries on Friday to break the "vicious cycle" of the South China Sea row, as the United States and China exchanged increasingly angry barbs over reclaimed islands in the disputed waterway.