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The US–Philippine alliance is moving beyond ‘ironclad’

AT the start of 2019, it looked like the US–Philippines alliance was heading for crisis. Delfin Lorenzana, the normally pro-American Philippine Secretary of National Defense, began calling for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and its application in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. The …

France blasts ‘incoherent’ Trump after G7 fiasco – POLITICO

‘Let us be serious and worthy of our people,’ Emmanuel Macron’s office says. France pledged on Sunday to stand by the G7 summit statement disowned by Donald Trump and took a swipe at the U.S. president by declaring that international cooperation could not depend on “fits of anger” or “little words.” Apparently …

Kim Jong Un may open hamburger joint in Pyongyang

NORTH KOREA is unlikely to denuclearise soon but it may well welcome a Western burger chain to Pyongyang, according to a new United States intelligence assessment. NBC News first reported on Wednesday that a new report by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has concluded the North is unlikely to give up …

Could Australia join Asean?

AS AUSTRALIA has geared up to host a so-called Special Summit for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) this weekend, the suggestion it may one day join the regional bloc has come up for debate. Australia was the first country to establish a multilateral relationship with Asean in 1974 …