China blasts Philippines' territorial row arbitration case-

China on Wednesday harshly criticized the Philippines' case against it at an arbitration tribunal over rival claims in the South China Sea, calling the process a "political provocation."Full article

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Pope Francis denounces radicalization, 'barbarous attacks'

As of 11/26/15 4:01 PM
NAIROBI, Kenya - Pope Francis on Thursday denounced radicalization of young people and "barbarous attacks" carried out in the name of religion during the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour.
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Magnitude 6.7 quake hits western Brazil: USGS

As of 11/26/15 3:50 PM
WASHINGTON, United States - A large but very deep 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit western Brazil Thursday, the US Geological Survey said.
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North, South Korea hold rare talks

As of 11/26/15 10:30 AM
SEOUL - North and South Korean officials were to sit down Thursday for rare talks aimed at paving the way for a sustainable high-level dialogue that has constantly eluded the two rivals. Full article

US 'concerns' over Russian missile system

As of 11/26/15 10:18 AM
WASHINGTON - Russia's decision to deploy its most hi-tech air defense system to its base in Syria is raising ''significant concerns'' for the US military, a US official said Wednesday.
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US has urged legal reforms abroad to block Islamic State recruits

As of 11/26/15 10:06 AM
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department has provided specific suggestions to governments in Europe and elsewhere on how to strengthen counterterrorism laws in order to arrest would-be foreign fighters before they join groups like Islamic State, according to a policy paper reviewed by Reuters. Full article

Obama signs US defense bill into law -White House

As of 11/26/15 10:03 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed a sweeping defense policy bill into law on Wednesday, legislation that authorizes USD607 billion in defense spending but also includes provisions that make it harder to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Full article

UN haggles over race for Ban's successor

As of 11/26/15 10:00 AM
UNITED NATIONS - Britain is pushing the United Nations to kick off the search for the next secretary-general in earnest, giving candidates until spring to enter the race to be the world's top diplomat. Full article

Obama says US is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

As of 11/26/15 9:55 AM
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they were safe as millions of travelers set off for the long Thanksgiving weekend on Wednesday and authorities stepped up security at airports in response to the attacks in Paris two weeks ago. Full article

Japan, U.S. agree to continue drills in disputed sea

As of 11/25/15 11:19 PM
Japan's defense chief and a top U.S. commander agreed Tuesday to continue conducting joint drills between the U.S. military and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, as well as helping Southeast Asian countries increase their capabilities. Full article

Chinese media says birth discrimination must end

As of 11/25/15 3:28 PM
BEIJING - Chinese state-run media called Wednesday for children born outside the country's one-child policy to be given crucial household registration documents, an issue that has left as many as 13 million in legal limbo. Full article