Chinese island moves continue, wobbly truce in Syria, and kids in immigration courts

March 4, 2016 3:02 PM

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Chinese island moves continue, wobbly truce in Syria, and kids in immigration courts

CHINESE ISLAND MOVES CONTINUE The Navy sent an aircraft carrier and a few other ships into the South China Sea this week, the latest “routine patrol” of vessels the United States has dispatched to scout China’s increasing militarization of the area. Beijing has used a group of man-made islands to try to claim territorial sea rights to the ocean area.

Officials haven’t said whether the ships in the region will do any freedom of navigation patrols — sweeps in which a vessel would go within 12 nautical miles of one of the artificial islands. (Twelve nautical miles is the extent of territorial water countries can claim, though China’s right to do s...

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