The department urged citizens to leave Iraq as soon as possible and avoid all U.S. facilities in the country.
Beijing and Washington vie for influence in the Asia-Pacific as China presses strategic regional goals.
Iran pledged to increase its military defenses in the face of "psychological warfare," a move likely to rile the U.S.
Public opinion polls show Carrie Lam's rival, John Tsang, as more popular with residents.
The war games are an annual military exercise carried out by the U.S. and South Korea.
Trump has put Iran 'on notice' after ballistic missile tests.
With leadership elections looming, some still speculate about who may have been involved in the death of the longtime party head.
Bosnia's autonomous Serb entity is set to defy its highest court with a referendum Sunday.
Hundreds of Iranians died in a crush during last year's pilgrimage; both countries accuse each other of politicizing the hajj.
"So far a preliminary agreement has been reached that a meeting in Minsk will take place on the ninth of December."
Ukraine said on Wednesday it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears separatists will launch a new military offensive.
A ceasefire to end a war that has killed 4,000 people has appeared shakier than ever, with both sides accusing the other of having violated the peace plan.
"The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some say that it has already begun," said the former leader of the Soviet Union
Ukraine's warring sides agreed on Friday to withdraw artillery to the outer limits of a buffer zone
Residents and combatants in eastern Ukraine welcomed the respite in a five-month conflict that has killed at least 2,600 people
Hundreds of people lined the street to see the largely dishevelled and unshaven soldiers
Ukranian Foreign Minister said Ukraine would "fight until the last moment" for Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk
Diplomatic efforts to end the wider conflict show no sign of progress