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By Idrees Ali and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. navy warship carried out a freedom-of-navigation operation on Friday near islands claimed by China and two other Asian countries in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters. The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged "excessive maritime claims near the Paracel Islands," specifically Triton and Woody Islands, claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, the U.S. officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The destroyer sailed within waters claimed by China, but not within the 12-nautical-mile territorial limits of the islands, the officials said.
Tamim Iqbal scored a half-century as Bangladesh made a solid start Friday in response to England's first innings in an evenly-poised opening Test before skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was bowled just before the close. England paceman Ben Stokes dismissed Rahim for 48, three overs before stumps in Chittagong. The hosts finished the day on 221-5, trailing England's first innings total of 293 runs by 72.