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International relations

Duterte's decision on US defense pact to come 'anytime now'

Manila and Washington officials tout improved Visiting Forces Agreement

A member of the U.S. Marine Corps waits to load a 105 mm high explosive round into a Philippine Marine Corps M102 105 mm howitzer during an exercise at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in Tarlac, Philippines. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps)

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to decide "anytime now" on the extension of a key military pact with the U.S., which has been improved following negotiations, diplomats said on Friday.

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