The drills aim to boost Manila's military capability while serving as a US show of support for its Asian ally as China's assertiveness in the region grows stronger.
A total of 2,148 people have been evacuated to the kingdom from Sudan so far, including more than 2,000 foreigners, the Saudi foreign ministry says.
About 189 Turks were evacuated by passenger plane belonging to Turkish Airlines from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa where they arrived overland from Sudanese capital Khartoum.
Proposed by Senator Aisha Wahab, the bill, which would outlaw caste discrimination against Dalits in the US state, is approved by state's Senate Judiciary Committee by 8-0 votes.
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