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Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit on Okinawa prepare to embark the USS Germantown in September 2014. Under a new agreement, Japanese officials will have access to U.S. military bases in Japan following oil spills and environmental accidents. (Raul Moreno Jr./U.S. Navy)

US, Japan agree on access to bases following environmental incidents

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October 21, 2014

TOKYO — Japanese officials will have access to U.S. military bases in Japan following oil spills or other environmental accidents, according to a bilateral agreement struck as part of the ongoing realignment of U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific...

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A protester holds a sign demanding U.S. troops to leave the Philippines during a rally at the US Embassy in Manila on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Police Chief Inspector Gil Domingo said Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim late Saturday, when they checked into a motel after meeting in a bar in Olongapo city northwest of Manila. (Bullit Marquez/AP)

Philippine leader: Murder case won't harm US ties

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October 21, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks...

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Armed Services chairman warns of 'horrific cuts' to defense budget

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October 21, 2014

The defense budget faces "horrific cuts" if sequestration returns in fiscal year 2016, a top congressional leader said Monday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

During his tour of Wright-Patterson, House Armed Services Committee...

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Marines leaving Australia after six-month rotation

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October 21, 2014

More than 1,100 Marines are headed home after a six-month training rotation in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Marine Rotational Force-Darwin began its departure on Oct. 17, bound for Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Marine Corps Base...

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