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MANILA (Reuters) - An explosion at a military base in the restive southern Philippines on Friday killed five people, including three soldiers, and wounded nine others in what Islamic State said was an attack by its suicide bombers.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hates many things. Drugs. Gambling. God. Now we can add the global scourge of Canada to his hit list.

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U.S. Marine rifleman Lance Cpl. Hunter Bell during a live-fire range at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in the Philippines, April 6, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Isaiah Campbell)

U.S. and Philippine troops have reportedly been training for a potential island invasion scenario, which is a real possibility as tensions rise in the disputed South China Sea.

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China's Harbin (112) guided missile destroyer takes part in a week-long China-Russia navy exercise. (Associated Press photo)

Fearing the United States could drag it into a shooting war with China in the South China Sea, the Philippines is questioning its alliance with the U.S. and pushing for a review of its decades-old defense treaty with Washington.

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Five days of intensive search efforts for a Marine who fell overboard in the Sulu Sea have ended without locating the Marine, whose status is still officially “missing,” Corps officials said on Tuesday.

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U.S. Army photo.

Army Special Forces is mourning the loss of Sgt. 1st Class Reymund R. Transfiguracion, 36, who died on Sunday after being wounded in an Aug. 7 improvised explosive device blast Helmand province, Afghanistan, according to 1st Special Forces Command.

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