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China moves quickly to replace America in Afghanistan

As the United States withdraws its forces from Afghanistan, China is not hesitating to move in. Earlier this week, nine Taliban leaders accepted Beijing’s invitation and met in Tianjin with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. One of those leaders was the group’s co-founder, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Wang told his visitors that China expects the Taliban to play an important role in the “process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan” and described the group as a “pivotal political and military force” in the country.
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Philippine President fully restores key U.S. troop pact

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has restored a crucial pact governing the presence of U.S. troops in the Southeast Asian nation, the two countries' defense ministers said on Friday, reversing a decision that had caused increasing concern in Washington and Manila. The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) provides rules for the rotation...
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3 Places to Try in Seattle This Weekend

Every Friday, you probably ask the same question: “Where should I eat and drink?” Welcome to your weekend planner, where Eater Seattle editors and contributors recommend brunch, dinner, booze, and everything in between, whether they’re trendy and new, or old, reliable standbys. Got a suggestion? Drop us a line. The...

Manila withdraws termination of military agreements with the United States

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has finally withdrawn the termination of a major military agreement with the United States. The so-called Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) is once again “in full force,” Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana said at a press conference with his US colleague Lloyd Austin on Friday. Duterte had already postponed the planned release three times, the last time the deal was extended in June.
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The 13 Best Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Dubbed the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is a popular destination for Californians for a reason. Steps from the beach is a downtown with many local wine tasting rooms and wonderful restaurants in Mediterranean-style buildings. Of course, great food can be found beyond downtown. We’ve compiled the 13 best restaurants in Santa Barbara, from the casual seafood shacks to the high-end Japanese omakase.

Holland America Takes Delivery of New Flagship

Holland America took delivery of its new flagship Rotterdam today, making it the 11th ship in the fleet. A handover ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera, Italy shipyard on Thursday evening. The ceremony was attended by the ship’s master, Captain Werner Timmers, and Cyril Tatar, Holland America Group’s VP of...

Kamala announces her second foreign trip to Singapore and Vietnam

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Singapore and Vietnam next month on a trip focused on strengthening economic ties and celebrating America's cultural connection with the Indo-Pacific region. It will be Harris' first overseas travel and second foreign trip, after she visited Guatemala and Mexico in June as part of...