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  • Exclusive: Risking Beijing's ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef
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    Exclusive: Risking Beijing's ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef

    By Lincoln Feast and Greg Torode SYDNEY/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows, the latest move by the Communist state to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway. Activity visible on Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands

  • Reuters

    U.S. estimates 50,000 Islamic State fighters killed so far: U.S. official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military believes that some 50,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed since the United States started battling the group more than two years ago, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday, calling it a "conservative estimate." The official, who spoke

  • Brazil's Temer to call Trump as country seeks business openings
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    Brazil's Temer to call Trump as country seeks business openings

    By Alonso Soto and Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer plans to call U.S. President-elect Donald Trump next week as Brazil looks for business opportunities that could open up if Trump follows through on campaign promises to rewrite a trade deal with Mexico. A senior

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Governance by spectacle? Trump taps WWE's Linda McMahon to head SBA

    President-elect Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he would bring on Linda McMahon, a co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE), to run the Small Business Administration for his cabinet. In tapping her, Mr. Trump brings into the fold a fellow native of the world of mass-market spectacle

  • Christian Science Monitor

    As yet another general joins Trump's team, what does the pick reveal?

    The next administration “will be in desperate need” of foreign policy advice, Gen. John Kelly told Foreign Policy magazine in July. General Kelly looks set to join President-elect Donald Trump’s list of Cabinet nominees as secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a senior transition

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Megyn Kelly: Trump ushered in 'dangerous phase' for the media

    President-elect Donald Trump’s election baffled mainstream and left-leaning media outlets, leaving many concerned about how to proceed with coverage in the real estate mogul’s administration. Some liberals have expressed concern that Mr. Trump’s administration could ignore – or ban from the White House

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Portland to tax CEOs who earn 'too much,' a first for income inequality fight

    In a novel approach to fight income inequality, Portland, Ore., will begin imposing a tax increase next year on publicly traded companies that pay their chief executives at least 100 times as much as their median worker salary. Some pushing for more wage equality argue that bottom-up proposals – from

  • Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul
    Associated Press

    Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi army says troops have entered another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group in the southeastern part of Mosul.

  • 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.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 12:59 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what's widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed. The opposition feels confident

  • Russia says Syria army halts Aleppo attacks as rebels cornered
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    Russia says Syria army halts Aleppo attacks as rebels cornered

    Syria's army has halted its attacks in Aleppo to allow trapped civilians to be evacuated, Russia's foreign minister said, after advancing regime forces cornered rebels in the city. Immediately after the announcement, AFP correspondents in Aleppo said air strikes ceased and artillery fire was

  • The Latest: Turkey sends 300 more troops to Syria border
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Turkey sends 300 more troops to Syria border

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

  • Italian tourist shot dead by drug traffickers in Rio
    AFP

    Italian tourist shot dead by drug traffickers in Rio

    Drug traffickers shot an Italian tourist in the head and killed him Thursday, after he and his companion strayed into a slum in Rio de Janeiro, police said. Roberto Bardella, 52, and his cousin were traveling on motorcycles through South America and arrived in Brazil after visiting Argentina and Paraguay

  • U.N. urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit country's divided northwest
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    U.N. urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit country's divided northwest

    The United Nations urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday to visit the country's divided northwest to reassure civilians they will be protected amid accusations that soldiers have raped Rohingya Muslim women, burnt houses and killed civilians. Myanmar's military and government have

  • Reuters

    African governments urged to help 3.5 million people uprooted from their homes in 2015

    By Tom Gardner ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As many as 3.5 million people in Africa were uprooted from their homes in 2015 due to conflict and natural disasters and left stranded in their own country, with many governments overlooking this growing problem, according to a report released

  • UN to vote on 'too little, too late' Syria ceasefire
    AFP

    UN to vote on 'too little, too late' Syria ceasefire

    Canada drafted the text, part of the 193-nation assembly's attempt to break the deadlock over Syria at the Security Council. Russia and China this week vetoed a draft Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in Aleppo, the Syrian city that is on the verge of falling to government

  • Canadian zoo probing penguin drowning deaths
    AFP

    Canadian zoo probing penguin drowning deaths

    Montreal (AFP) - A Canadian zoo said Thursday it has launched an investigation into the mysterious drowning deaths of seven Humboldt penguins.

  • Italian tourist killed in favela in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro
    Associated Press

    Italian tourist killed in favela in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An Italian tourist was killed Thursday in a shantytown near the center of Rio de Janeiro in an area fought over by rival drug trafficking gangs, police said.

  • Reuters

    Climate refugees in South Asia need protection, advocates say

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People forced to leave their homes because of climate change in South Asia should get the same protections given to political refugees, advocates said on Thursday. Governments in South Asia have failed to address the climate migration of millions

  • Washington state sues Monsanto over PCB damages, cleanup costs
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    Washington state sues Monsanto over PCB damages, cleanup costs

    (Reuters) - Washington state filed an environmental lawsuit on Thursday against agricultural company Monsanto Co seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the company's production of PCBs, the state's attorney general said. Monsanto produced the polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, "

  • Reuters

    U.N. Syria mediator says he plans to meet Trump team members

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he planned to meet "people around the team" of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the nearly six-year conflict in the country. "The plan is to meet some people around

  • UN Syria envoy to meet Trump team
    AFP

    UN Syria envoy to meet Trump team

    The UN's peace envoy for Syria on Thursday said he is planning to hold meetings with US President-elect Donald Trump's transition team. Staffan de Mistura, who has been leading diplomatic efforts to end the five-year war in Syria, told reporters that talks would be held in New York and in Washington

  • UN envoy says Syria peace talks should restart
    AFP

    UN envoy says Syria peace talks should restart

    The UN envoy for Syria said Thursday that political talks to end the nearly six-year war should resume soon. The envoy raised the possibility of a return to the negotiating table as Russia announced that the Syrian army was halting military operations in order to evacuate civilians from Aleppo. Backed

  • Reuters

    Huge quake hits Solomon Islands, tsunami alert lifted

    By Tom Westbrook and Charlotte Greenfield SYDNEY/WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands early on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties and a tsunami warning for a wide swathe of the South Pacific was later lifted. Solomon Islands

  • Associated Press

    UN Syria envoy say time may be right for negotiations

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's announcement that Syria was suspending combat operations in Aleppo may mean the time is right to restart negotiations for a peace deal, the U.N. envoy for Syria said Thursday.