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Venezuela shuts sea, air links to Dutch islands amid turmoil

Venezuela shuts sea, air links to Dutch islands amid turmoilCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials said Tuesday that the country is banning air and sea trips to and from three Dutch Caribbean islands — a region that has been linked to efforts to undermine President Nicolas Maduro by sending emergency aid to the South American nation.



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New Russian barracks on disputed islands draws protest from Japan

New Russian barracks on disputed islands draws protest from JapanRussia’s Ministry of Defence said it planned to shift troops next week into four housing complexes on two of the four disputed islands, known as the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan. Japan’s defense ministry says 3,500 Russian troops are deployed on the two larger islands as part of a military buildup. The news came after the Kremlin said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might visit Russia on Jan. 21 as the two countries step up efforts to defuse the territorial dispute that has prevented them from signing a World War Two peace treaty.



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U.S. warship sails near disputed South China Sea islands: U.S. official

U.S. warship sails near disputed South China Sea islands: U.S. officialBeijing and Washington are locked in a trade war that has seen them impose increasingly severe rounds of tariffs on each other’s imports. The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate. China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which about $ 5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year, are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.



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Hurricane Lane churns towards Hawaiian Islands

Hurricane Lane churns towards Hawaiian IslandsA brushfire on the island of Maui forced the relocation of a hurricane shelter as residents were evacuated.



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Quake swarm jolts Indonesian islands, killing at least 12

Quake swarm jolts Indonesian islands, killing at least 12SEMBALUN, Indonesia (AP) — Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.



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1,200 tourists being evacuated from Indonesia quake islands: disaster agency

1,200 tourists being evacuated from Indonesia quake islands: disaster agencyMore than one thousand tourists were being evacuated from Indonesia’s tiny Gili islands on Monday after a powerful quake struck neighbouring Lombok, killing 91 people and injuring hundreds. The Gilis are three coral-fringed tropical islands popular with backpackers and divers, a few kilometres off the northwest coast of the larger Lombok island. Footage posted online by rescue officials showed hundreds of panicked tourists and locals crowded onto powder-white beaches desperately waiting for transport off the normally paradise islands.



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China Has Dispatched Warships to Challenge U.S. Vessels Sailing Near Disputed Islands

China Has Dispatched Warships to Challenge U.S. Vessels Sailing Near Disputed IslandsThe Chinese military says it has dispatched warships after U.S. Navy vessels sailed near Beijing-claimed islands in the South China Sea.



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China rages over US warships sailing near disputed islands, saying move 'seriously infringed' its sovereignty

China rages over US warships sailing near disputed islands, saying move 'seriously infringed' its sovereigntyChina has reacted angrily after two US warships sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, describing the move as a “provocation” and accusing America of committing a serious infringement of the country’s sovereignty. A statement issued by the defence ministry said Chinese vessels and aircraft warned American ships to leave because they had entered its territorial waters in the South China Sea, through which nearly $ 5 trillion in ship-borne trade flows, without permission. The move “contravened Chinese and relevant international law, seriously infringed upon Chinese sovereignty [and] harmed strategic mutual trust between the two militaries”, it said.



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Inter-Korean summit chairs to feature disputed islands

Inter-Korean summit chairs to feature disputed islandsSouth Korea has custom-made furniture for Friday’s summit between President Moon Jae-in and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un — with chairs featuring disputed islands controlled by Seoul but claimed by Tokyo. One thing the rival Koreas share is a resentment of Japan, which imposed brutal colonial rule on the peninsula from 1910 to 1945, and the gesture is likely to irritate Tokyo. Japan has already lodged a strong protest over photos of a summit dessert dish which also marks the disputed islands.



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Hawaiian Airlines abruptly cancels hundreds of flights from the Bay Area to the islands

Hawaiian Airlines abruptly cancels hundreds of flights from the Bay Area to the islandsHawaiian Airlines has abruptly cancelled hundreds of summertime flights from the Bay Area to the islands.



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