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Ciara Gan in her handmade ball gown.

A teenage girl sewed and hand-painted her own graduation dress, and the stunning gown is going viral

Ciara Gan worked with her mother for a month to create the one-of-a-kind, emerald gown.
US Marine rifleman Lance Cpl. Hunter Bell during a live-fire range at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in the Philippines, April 6, 2019.

US troops are training with a key ally to repel an island invasion as a possible South China Sea fight looms

"If they were to have any small islands taken over by a foreign military, this is definitely a dress rehearsal that can be used in the future."

It’s been 77 years since one of World War II’s worst atrocities — the Bataan Death March

Japanese abuse of thousands of US and Filipino prisoners of war in April 1942 was one of the most brutal events in the US's war in the Pacific.
Sailors man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) as the ship arrives in Subic Bay, Philippines in support of Exercise Balikatan.

A US warship loaded with F-35 stealth fighters was apparently spotted near a disputed area in the South China Sea

Video footage appears to show the USS Wasp running flight operations near the Scarborough Shoal, a potential flashpoint in the South China Sea.
Activists holding placards hold a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila on February 10, 2018, against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea after installing military facilities and equipment on them. The Philippines said in January it would lodge a diplomatic protest with China after Manila questioned if Beijing had reneged on a pledge not to militaries a disputed South China Sea reef.

The US and Philippines are reportedly discussing deploying a rocket system in the South China Sea to fend off China

China has been steadily increasing its presence in the South China Sea, one of the busiest shipping routes in the world.

A close ally is terrified the US will drag it into a ‘shooting war’ with China in the South China Sea

The Philippines fears the US will end up at war with China in the South China Sea, and they really don't want to be a part of that.

More than 1,500 exotic turtles were found in abandoned luggage at an airport in the Philippines — and the owners could face more than a year in ...

The turtles arrived on a flight from Hong Kong, officials said, where there's a lucrative black market for the animals.
The Sri Lankan military marches in Colombo in February 2016. The country is reinstating the death penalty after a 43-year moratorium.

The country named the best place to visit in 2019 has taken out newspaper adverts to recruit executioners after reinstating the death penalty

Sri Lanka called for men with "excellent moral character" and "very good mind and mental strength" to apply for the job.
The "LUC 22 Boutique Alpine Retreat" in Queenstown, New Zealand was extremely popular last year.

10 dreamy Airbnbs people loved in 2018, from a secluded treehouse to a house built into a cliff

Airbnb has released a list of its most-liked homes on Instagram last year. The homes that made the list are everywhere from New Zealand to California.
Sailors from amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown conduct landing craft utility operations in the ship's well deck at Subic Bay, October 5, 2016.

Chinese companies have their eyes on what used to be the US Navy’s biggest base in the Pacific

Chinese companies are interested in taking control of a struggling shipyard in Subic Bay, a strategic harbor on the disputed South China Sea.