The amphibious landing exercises come amidst recent diplomatic spat between the two treaty allies.
Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militias allied to the government surrounded the town of Shirqat.
The freed victim, Herman Bin Manggak, had been released to the Muslim group Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
A volunteer group that rescues civilians from bombed-out buildings in Syria shares 2016 Right Livelihood Award with other 3 activists.
The much-awaited agreement with warlord Hekmatyar could pave the way for a similar accord with the Taliban.
Low-lying Bangladesh has an appalling record of ferry accidents, with casualties sometimes running into the hundreds.
Vietnam's first-ever "Diplomatic BlueBook 2015" highlights ties with neighbors.
PM Sharif said Pakistan could not ignore India's arms build-up and would take necessary measures “to maintain credible deterrence."
Multiple missile and nuke tests by the DPRK this year is "substantially more serious" than it was in the past, said PM Abe.
John Kerry demanded that Russia and Syria halt flights over battle zones to salvage a collapsing ceasefire.