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  • U.S. reshaping budget to account for Russian military threat
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    U.S. reshaping budget to account for Russian military threat

    By Andrea Shalal SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Russia's increasing military activities around the world have unsettled top U.S. military officials, who say they are reshaping their budget plans to better address what they now consider to be the most pressing threat to U.S. security. "Russia

  • South Korea's President Park faces crucial week amid impeachment push
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    South Korea's President Park faces crucial week amid impeachment push

    South Korea's embattled President Park Geun-hye faces a pivotal week, with an effort to impeach her gaining support from within her own party and the heads of the country's biggest business groups set to give testimony to a parliamentary committee. Three opposition parties introduced a bill

  • Fidel Castro interred in rock, closing last chapter of historic life
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    Fidel Castro interred in rock, closing last chapter of historic life

    By Sarah Marsh and Diego Oré SANTIAGO, Cuba (Reuters) - Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro's ashes were encased in a large granite boulder on Sunday in a ceremony that capped nine days of public mourning and aimed to literally set in stone the legacy of one of the 20th century's most influential

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Did Petraeus and Clinton risk spilling bigger secrets than Snowden?

    Edward Snowden, Hillary Clinton, and David Petraeus each mishandled classified information while working for the federal government in recent years, but the three face wildly divergent futures as US President-elect Donald Trump prepares for his transition into the White House. Mr. Snowden, a fugitive

  • Christian Science Monitor

    How Bowe Bergdahl's lawyers are preparing for a Trump presidency

    The Obama administration said on Saturday that it had officially received Bergdahl's request for a pardon. If the clemency request is granted before President Obama leaves office, Bergdahl could avoid a military trial scheduled for the spring. In the event that Obama does not grant Bergdahl'

  • Christian Science Monitor

    'Low-level Yemeni militant' held for 14 years at Gitmo to be released

    Guantanamo Bay has released Shawqi Awad Balzuhair, whom the US described as a "low-level Yemeni militant" earlier this year after holding him without charges since October 2002. The US has sent Mr. Balzuhair to the West African nation of Cape Verde for resettlement. Established by the George

  • Christian Science Monitor

    How MH370 relatives are taking the investigation into their own hands

    More than two years after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, some of the relatives of the 239 passengers and crew are taking the investigation into their own hands, with a trip to Madagascar. 

  • Associated Press

    Correction: Israel-Palestinians story

    SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story June 11 about the FIFA Congress, The Associated Press reported erroneously that performer Mohammed Assaf wore a Muslim headscarf. Assaf's black and white headscarf is a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

  • UK government's Brexit plans in hands of Supreme Court
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    UK government's Brexit plans in hands of Supreme Court

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May wants to start Britain's divorce from the European Union. Eleven judges may stand in her way.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 5:27 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — With Donald Trump's latest tweets touching on highly sensitive issues, China must decide how to handle an incoming American president who relishes confrontation and whose online statements appear to foreshadow shifts in foreign policy. China awoke Monday to sharp criticism from Trump

  • Japan PM hopes for progress on peace treaty with Russia
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    Japan PM hopes for progress on peace treaty with Russia

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that he hopes for progress in peace treaty talks with Russia but that the decades-old issue cannot be settled in one meeting. Abe said he wants to discuss the issue candidly with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he visits Japan on Dec. 15-16. Abe

  • Crowds gather after Tamil Nadu leader suffers cardiac arrest
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    Crowds gather after Tamil Nadu leader suffers cardiac arrest

    The life of the leader of India's southern state of Tamil Nadu hung in the balance on Monday after she went into cardiac arrest, drawing large crowds to the hospital where doctors were fighting to save the hugely popular former actress. Jayalalithaa Jayaraman went into cardiac arrest on Sunday night

  • At least 11 killed in hotel blaze in Pakistan
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    At least 11 killed in hotel blaze in Pakistan

    A fire at a luxury hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi killed at least 11 people on Monday and injuring dozens, media reported. The blaze broke out in a ground floor kitchen of the Regent Plaza hotel and trapped guests in upper floors, the English-language Dawn newspaper reported. Video footage

  • Reuters

    ECB's Villeroy: can't compare Italy 'No' vote to Brexit

    By Stanley White TOKYO (Reuters) - Italian voters' defeat of a referendum on constitutional reforms cannot be compared to Britain's vote to leave the European Union, European Central Bank policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Monday. Policymakers will still look closely at the consequences

  • New Zealand PM Key announces shock resignation, backs Finance Minister
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    New Zealand PM Key announces shock resignation, backs Finance Minister

    By Charlotte Greenfield and Swati Pandey WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who won praise for his economic stewardship after the global financial crisis, unexpectedly announced his resignation on Monday after eight years in power, backing his finance minister to take the helm

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 4:55 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Trading began Monday on a new cross-border stock link between Hong Kong and the neighboring Chinese city of Shenzhen, widening access to China's markets for global investors. The long-awaited Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect link allows international investors to buy and sell 880

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
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    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

    At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in Indonesia's capital last week in the second major protest against Jakarta's minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy. The blasphemy controversy has challenged the image of tolerance associated with Islam

  • Reuters

    NZ deputy PM English says considering leadership after PM Key resignation

    New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Bill English said on Monday he is considering running for the leadership the ruling National Party after the surprise resignation of Prime Minister John Key. "I'll be talking to caucus and family today and tonight," English, who is also the finance minister

  • S. Korea elite in hot seat at historic scandal hearings
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    S. Korea elite in hot seat at historic scandal hearings

    South Korea lawmakers on Monday kicked off an unprecedented series of hearings that will see the country's business elite grilled over a corruption scandal engulfing impeachment-threatened President Park Geun-Hye. The powerful heads of family-run conglomerates such as Samsung and Hyundai will be

  • Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea
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    Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

    BANGKOK (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

  • Asian shares tumble after Italy rejects constitution changes
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    Asian shares tumble after Italy rejects constitution changes

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian shares tumbled Monday after Italian voters' rejected constitutional changes, raising questions over whether Italy will stay in the European Union and keep using the euro.

  • Euro, shares skid as Italy votes 'no' on reform, PM Renzi to resign
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    Euro, shares skid as Italy votes 'no' on reform, PM Renzi to resign

    SINGAPORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The euro fell to a 20-month low on Monday and investors fled riskier assets after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he would resign following a stinging defeat on constitutional reform that could destabilize the country's shaky banking system. Renzi's failure

  • Associated Press

    Pakistani police say hotel fire kills 11 in Karachi

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A massive fire swept through a four-star hotel in the southern port city of Karachi on Monday, killing at least 11 people, officials said.

  • Associated Press

    Tamil Nadu leader Jayalalitha suffers heart attack

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The popular leader of India's southern Tamil Nadu state was in critical condition Monday morning after suffering a heart attack, the hospital said.

  • Citing differences, Philippine vice president quits Cabinet
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    Citing differences, Philippine vice president quits Cabinet

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — There was no immediate reaction Monday from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the country's vice president saying she will resign her Cabinet post, citing "major differences in principles and values" with Duterte and an unspecified plot to remove her from