James Mattis : US recognises India as major defence partner

"They discussed the need to increase counterterrorism cooperation in order to stem the threat posed by groups like [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria], both in the region and globally", Ross said.

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, with the assistance of Singapore, have been conducting joint maritime patrols in the Sulu Sea since previous year after a series of kidnappings by the pro-Islamic State Abu Sayyaf group.

Hailing India's "indispensible role" in peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region at the stage of the Shangri-La dialogue, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis quoted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he tried to put forth his point regarding freedom of navigation on the in the South China Sea.

Twin attacks hit Iran parliament and Khomeini's tomb, killing at least two
Speaker Ali Larijani dismissed the attacks, saying they were a "trivial matter" and that security forces were dealing with them. It marked the first time IS has claimed an attack in Iran - a country that suffers from fewer attacks than its neighbours.

"Sincere, honest, high integrity, keen to understand us", he said in his Twitter account after a Malaysia-US bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the dialogue.

Besides Mattis, he had the opportunity to hold several bilateral meetings with a few of his counterparts, namely Singapore's Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen; Indonesian Defence Minister General (R) Ryamizard Ryacudu; Australian Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne; France Minister for Armed Forces Sylvie Goulard; and Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada.

He also pitched for a constructive, result-oriented relationship with China.

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Apple says "the HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music". Apple said it had updated the processors in its iMac and MacBook Pro lineup to Intel's most recent "Kaby Lake" processors.

However, one analyst had doubts about the USA commitment in Asia.

Responding to a question on the arrangement, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said at a regular press briefing that "it is based on China's work requirements, and has nothing to do with China-Singapore relations".

For this year's Shangri-La Dialogue, China sent delegates from the PLA's Academy of Military Science, lead by Lieutenant General He Lei.

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Elsewhere, Apple Pay is set to offer peer-to-peer payments, with the ability to pay friends either via Messages or Siri. The moves announced Monday escalate Apple's technological battle of wits with Google , Amazon , Microsoft and Facebook.

While the countries at the security forum may not always see eye-to-eye, they agreed on this issue and that cooperation is crucial. In recent years, the country was represented by an officer of at least the rank of a four-star general.

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