US and Philippines agree to greater US military presence

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States and the Philippines on Thursday announced plans to expand American military presence in the Southeast Asian nation, with access to four additional bases as they seek to deter increasingly aggressive Chinese actions against Taiwan. and in the disputed South China Sea. The deal was reached while US Secretary … Read more

Australia removes the British monarchy from its banknotes

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is removing the British monarchy from its banknotes. The country’s central bank said on Thursday its new $5 note would feature an indigenous design rather than an image of King Charles III. But the king is still expected to appear on the coins. The $5 note was the only remaining … Read more

Australia removes the British monarchy from its banknotes

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is removing the British monarchy from its banknotes. The country’s central bank said on Thursday its new $5 note would feature an indigenous design rather than an image of King Charles III. But the king is still expected to appear on the coins. The $5 note was the only remaining … Read more

NATO chief wants more ‘friends’ as Russia and China grow closer

TOKYO (AP) — China’s growing assertiveness and collaboration with Russia poses a challenge not only to Asia but also to Europe, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday, as he sought stronger cooperation and more “friends” for NATO in the Indo-Pacific region. Stoltenberg said China is increasingly investing in nuclear weapons and long-range missiles without … Read more