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China and Afghanistan will announce in coming days a deepening of ties, Afghan officials say, the strongest signal yet that Beijing wants a role beyond economic partnership as Western forces prepare to leave.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Saturday rejected suggestions that America's new focus on the Asia-Pacific will fuel conflict in the region or that the emerging strategy is meant as a threat to Beijing.
The first female Marines who volunteered for combat positions newly opened to them began reporting for duty Friday, including personnel assigned to the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Marine officials said.
Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, announced her resignation Friday for health reasons, the Navy said. The resignation is effective July 1.