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By David Alexander PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on Wednesday for a halt to island-building by China and other parties in the South China Sea and an end to militarization of the territorial disputes in the region. Carter said the United States would be the principal security power in the region for decades to come, and that the U.S. military's airplanes and warships would continue to operate in the region wherever permitted under international law. "With its actions in the South China Sea, China is out of step with both international norms that underscore the Asia-Pacific's security architecture, and the regional consensus in favor of non-coercive approaches to this and other long-standing disputes," Carter said in remarks prepared for delivery.
LONDON (AP) — FIFA's sponsorship paymasters are facing mounting calls to put pressure on soccer's global governing body to clean up its act — and fast — following Wednesday's arrest of seven officials.