India, U.S. and Japan Begin War Games, and China Hears a Message

The Indian Navy also announced a plan to station warships to monitor movement through the Strait of Malacca, where many Chinese vessels enter from the South China Sea. Source: World

Indian Army Ties Kashmiri Man to Jeep and Parades Him Through Villages

Video showing the man apparently being used as a human shield heightened tensions with Kashmir’s separatist movement, which has repeatedly called for election boycotts. Source: World

On State TV, Chinese Forces Storm a Compound a Lot Like Bin Laden’s

A news broadcast showed the police training at a replica of the house where Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011. It took an eagle-eyed viewer to point it out. Source: World

Russia Stirs Friction in Balkans, as NATO Keeps an Uneasy Peace

Russia is again stirring tensions in the volatile Balkans, at a moment when NATO and the European Union are distracted with other crises. Source: World

Iraq Starts Offensive to Retake Western Mosul From ISIS

Planes dropped leaflets urging Islamic State fighters to raise a white flag. Source: World

Airstrikes by Russia Buttress Turkey in Battle vs. ISIS

The deepening partnership between Russia and Turkey could marginalize the United States in the struggle to shape Syria’s future. Source: World

China Suggests It Has Placed Weapons on Disputed Spratly Islands in South China Sea

China’s plan to strengthen its claims over the islands has raised tensions with neighbors and the United States over freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Source: World

Leader of Malaysia, Miffed at U.S., Visits China With a Deal in Mind

The Malaysian prime minister arrived in Beijing on Monday ready to buy Chinese military hardware, an arrangement that will rattle his relationship with the United States. Source: World