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Japan city to rename area of islands disputed with China

Apo - A local council in southern Japan voted Monday to rename an area including islands disputed with China and Taiwan, a move Beijing denounced as illegal and a "serious provocation".

Erdogan revives territorial disputes ahead of Greece visit

Atenas - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for territorial "improvements" in the Aegean Sea on the eve of a state visit to Greece, in comments that are likely to raise hackles in Athens.

Iraqi forces say in control of roads, infrastructure near Kirkuk

Baghdad - Iraqi forces said Monday they had taken control of roads and infrastructure from Kurdish fighters near the disputed city of Kirkuk as tensions soar following a controversial independence referendum.

Cambodia PM gives ultimatum to Laos over 'border invasion'

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's prime minister on Friday issued a six-day ultimatum to Laos to pull back troops who have allegedly trespassed into a border area or face a military response.

Japan spots cannon-like equipment on Chinese ship near disputed isles

Toukyo - Japan said Tuesday it had spotted for the first time a Chinese coast guard ship armed with cannon-like equipment near disputed East China Sea islands.

U.S. threatening 'chaos' in Asia-Pacific: China

Bejing - China accused the United States on Thursday of threatening to sow "chaos" in the Asia-Pacific region by inciting countries whose territorial claims in the South China Sea clash with those of Beijing.

Manila 'cute little submissive' of US: China media

Bejing - The Philippines is nothing more than the "cute little submissive" of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticising Manila for military exercises with Washington.

Gunfire rings out as Israel searches West Bank for missing teens

Ramallah - Gunfire rang out in the streets of Jenin on Wednesday as militants opened fire on Israeli troops conducting house-to-house searches for three teenagers believed kidnapped from near a settlement last week.

Gibraltar complains of four Spanish jet planes entering airspace

Gibraltar - In the latest incident in the tensions between Gibraltar and Spain, four Spanish jet planes buzzed the tiny British-held territory on Wednesday, entering the airspace apparently without permission.

Israel to begin drilling in disputed underwater gas field

Ignoring claims by the Lebanese government that part of a massive underwater natural gas field is within Lebanese territory, Israel has begun establishing the infrastructure to tap the plentiful field.

Japanese and Chinese protesters collide over island ownership

Chinese and Japanese protesters collide in a rally Saturday in central Tokyo over the ownership of a group of islands located between Okinawa and Taiwan.

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