The US has secured access to four additional military bases in the Philippines - a key bit of real estate which would offer a front seat to monitor the Chinese in the South China Sea and around Taiwan. read more
The US has been monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted in the skies over the northern US this week. Pentagon officials said in a briefing they are "confident that this high-altitude surveillance balloon" belongs to China. US military chiefs have for now decided against blowing the alleged spy craft out of the sky, citing safety concerns.
Nikki Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations and two-term governor of South Carolina, is reportedly poised to announce she is seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. read more
The United States is readying more than $2bn worth of military aid for Ukraine that is expected to include longer-range rockets for the first time as well as other munitions and weapons, according to the Reuters news agency, citing two US officials briefed on the plan. read more
Republican Congressman George Santos will step down from serving on committees in the US House of Representatives. read more