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Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang...Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang March 31, 2014. The drill is part of the two countries' annual military training called Foal Eagle, which began on February 24 and runs until April 18.  North Korea declared a no-sail warning on Monday for areas off its west coast near a disputed border with South Korea and has notified the South that it will conduct firing drills, a South Korean government official said. The warning comes amid heightened tensions surrounding the North after the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang for its mid-range missile launches last week, just as the leaders of South Korea, Japan and the United States met to discuss the North's arms programme.

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Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they land onshore during a US-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang. The drill is part of the two countries’ annual military training called Foal Eagle, which began on February 24 and runs until April 18.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Tyler Stives, from Spring, Texas, inspects a catapult after an aircraft launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during Annual Exercise 2013. The USS George Washington took part in a joint military naval drill with Japan on Thursday in waters off southern Japan, just days after it participated in humanitarian relief operations in the Philippines. More than 20 ships and 7000 U.S. personnel participated in this year's Annual Exercise 2013 which aims at strengthening ties between the United States Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defence force. While the U.S. Navy would not confirm the exact coordinates, they were able to say the event took place, at one point at least, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) south east of Japan's southern most the islands of Okinawa. This is in the general vicinity, though not within, the new airspace defense zone which China newly established last week.

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Aviation boatswain’s mate 2nd class Tyler Stives from Spring, Texas, inspects a catapult after a launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during annual exercise 2013. The carrier took part in a naval drill with Japan in waters off southern Japan, just days after it took part in relief operations in the Philippines. The US Navy would not confirm the coordinates but said the drill took place about 300 km southeast of the Okinawa islands. This is in the general vicinity, though not within, the airspace defence zone that China established last week.

Snipers of the Bundeswehr are seen during the annual military exercises held for the media at the Bergen military training grounds on Wednesday near Munster, Germany. The Bundeswehr is transitioning to a professional army as Germany recently ended mandatory military service.

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Bundeswehr snipers take part in annual military exercises near Munster, Germany.

 Israeli soldiers during a military exercise on August 29, 2013 near the border with Syria, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Tension's are rising in Israel amid international talks of a military intervention In Syria.

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Israeli soldiers during a military exercise on Thursday near the border with Syria, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Tensions are rising in Israel amid international talks of a military intervention in Syria

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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers hang down from a helicopter during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday

Kids in camouflage clothes attend a physical training session in a kindergarten in Taichung, central Taiwan, July 15, 2013. A kindergarten in Taiwan provides physical training sessions, a series of exercises that combines marine drills and gymnastics for pre-school and school aged kids. The training helps children grow well in both mind and body, according to the principal.

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Children in camouflage clothing attend a physical training session at a kindergarten in Taichung, central Taiwan. All kindergartens in the country provide physical training sessions that combine marine-style drills and gymnastics for pre-school and school-aged youngsters. The training helps children grow well in both mind and body, according to the principal.

Construction workers wear face masks, to protect them from a heavy smoke haze, as they perform morning exercises in Singapore...Construction workers wear face masks, to protect them from a heavy smoke haze, as they perform morning exercises at the start of their shift in Singapore June 20, 2013. Singapore's air quality deteriorated to "hazardous" levels late on Wednesday as smoke from slash-and-burn land clearing in Indonesia enveloped the city-state, inflaming tensions between the Southeast Asian neighbors.     REUTERS/Tim Wimborne   (SINGAPORE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Construction workers wear face masks to protect them from a heavy smoke haze, as they perform morning exercises at the start of their shift in Singapore on Thursday. The city state’s air quality deteriorated to “hazardous” levels late on Wednesday as it was enveloped in smoke from slash-and-burn land clearing in Indonesia, which has inflamed tensions between the Southeast Asian neighbours. Read more