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Philippine High Court Approves Defense Accord With US

The Philippine Supreme Court has upheld a defense pact with the United States. The administration of President Benigno Aquino signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with U.S. defense officials in 2014, which allows American forces to store equipment on the archipelago for use in national security, maritime and disaster response operations.  Legal challenges were launched against the pact by groups opposed to any U.S. military presence on its former colony. But Supreme...

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