Both the US and China sent aid to the Philippines to quell its Islamist insurgency. Both countries want to gain influence over the Philippine military. If China succeeds, it will hinder the US’ ability to project power in the Asia Pacific.
In the Chinese city of Yanji on Monday, social media showed home videos of shaking chandeliers. The city sits on the border with North Korea, close enough to the nuclear test site for the tremors to be clearly felt (and seen).
North Korea does not have many friends in the international community. But in the past China has been a powerful backer.
A good news story from the Yemen war and famine: A young man rescues starving kids. With help from donors from the US to Australia, he's supporting families whose children are being treated for malnutrition.
Libya is ground zero for Europe's migrant crisis. Thousands use it as a transit point because of the chaos there. But now the authorities in Libya are trying to get a handle on the migrants. Hundreds are being locked up prior to deportation. But conditions are terrible.
Instead of a binding referendum or a vote in Parliament, Australia is holding a nonbinding, voluntary, postal plebiscite to determine whether Australians support same-sex marriage legalization. For many young Australians, who support marriage equality by large margins, a vote that seems designed to limit their participation is having the opposite effect.
Between 500 and 600 migrants are back in Calais after the demolition of the “Jungle” migrant camp and dispersal of some 10,000 people last October. French authorities are doing everything they can to keep a new camp from developing there.
Hisham al-Omeisy, the Yemeni man who has done much to inform audiences around the globe about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, has been in detention in Yemen's National Security Bureau in the capital, Sanaa. Journalists around the globe are rallying for his release.
The Trump administration wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons. And it has threatened a military response if North Korea launches missiles toward Guam. But what can the US and its allies really do? Col. Sam Gardiner has a bleak outlook.
North Korea says it will finalize a plan to fire four missiles into the waters off the Pacific island of Guam by mid-August. That threat is supported by intelligence reports that indicate that North Korea has been advancing its offensive nuclear capabilities.