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Mattis: US and allies 'don't scare' in face of IS attacks

Mattis: US and allies 'don't scare' in face of IS attacks

"Well, we don't scare", Mattis said.

She was speaking at the start of an Australia-US ministerial summit also attended by Pentagon chief Jim Mattis, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop.

In their first joint appearance overseas, America's top diplomat and its Pentagon chief offered public reassurances to a longstanding ally at odds with President Donald Trump's abandonment of the Paris climate agreement.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday the United States and its allies would continue to fight against Islamist extremists and would not be scared by attacks against the West by the Islamic State group.

In remarks at the opening of U.S.

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The clay season of Agnieszka Radwanska ended after only four matches, as the Polish ninth seed fell 6-2, 6-1 to Alize Cornet. He will play either eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori or South Korea's Hyeon Chung for a spot in the quarterfinals.

"There's a sense that USA engagement in Asia under the Trump administration is very military heavy and that following the collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and with a proposed budget cut to the State Department of 30 per cent, there are questions both in Canberra and the region about the nature of U.S. engagement in Asia", Mr Robinson said. That's why we travel to the region.

Mattis called Australia "a beacon of hope for people and the world".

"America sends our thoughts and prayers and our deepest sympathies to the victims of this evil slaughter and we renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life, and it's gone on too long", Mr Trump said.

Mattis was even more emphatic on the point.

Mr Tillerson stepped up pressure on China to stop its militarisation of the South China Sea and rein in North Korea, saying that as a rising economic power China had growing security responsibilities as well.

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He also rejected as "another load of nonsense" claims that the Kremlin had any damaging information on President Trump . In an interview with Megyn Kelly of NBC News, the Russian leader denies having any relationship with Trump.

The three assailants in the London attack on Saturday were all shot dead by police. Seven people were killed and at least 48 were hospitalized.

Bishop told the Americans that the issue of countering terrorism would be high on the agenda at Monday's annual talks.

"We are united in our resolve to defeat Isis, the Islamic State terrorist organisation and its ilk". Although the Coalition government has made a series of legislation changes to deal with the return of any foreign fighters, it would prefer they never made it back to Australia, she said.

"For Australia, from our perspective today it's important that we do discuss ISIS's links in Southeast Asia, violent extremist organizations and the risk that returning foreign fighters who may endeavor to resume positions in their own countries might pose in this region", Payne said.

"They'll come back with battlefield skills, they'll come back with hardened ideology, they'll come back angry, frustrated, and we need to be very aware of that".

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We must make sure we keep the momentum up in the next couple of races ", Vettel said. I might be in the way, I might need to give Valtteri that upper hand.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left), Secretary of Defence James Mattis (centre) and Minister for Defence Marise Payne (right).


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