MATTHEW PENNINGTON

Trump State pick irks Beijing, muddles policy on S China Sea

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's pick to lead the State Department has stoked confusion over the U.S.'s South China Sea policy by appearing to advocate a blockade of Chinese man-made islands. Read more

US: China seeking control of East Asia

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Tuesday that China is seeking control of East Asia, comments that could further inflame tensions between the two world powers. Adm. Harry Harris, Jr. Read more

Brother of US journalist condemns 'cruel' detention in Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - The brother of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist detained in Iran and convicted in secret, described his brother's imprisonment as "cruel and inhumane" Tuesday and called on the U.S. Read more

Uneasy partners Japan, SKorea join US air drills over Alaska

WASHINGTON - Japan and South Korea's unprecedented joint participation in air force exercises over Alaska shows that America's two staunchest Asian allies are willing to cooperate on security despite their political differences. Read more

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