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China Says U.S. 'Militarizing' South China Sea

China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarizing" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week.

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Drone Kills Four Suspected Militants In Yemen: Residents

An attack by an unmanned aircraft on a car in southern Yemen overnight killed four suspected al Qaeda militants, residents and local officials said on Thursday.

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Taliban Disavows Afghan Peace Talks After Leader Declared Dead

The Taliban's official spokesman disavowed peace talks with the Afghan government on Thursday, throwing fledgling efforts to negotiate an end to 14 years of war into disarray.

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Climate Pressures Lead To Rise In 'New-Age Orphans' In India's Delta

SANDESHKHALI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Eleven-year old Srijita Bhangi sits in the waiting room of the jetty boat that connects her island home in Khulna to the mainland Sundarbans, near India's border with Bangladesh.

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Dissident Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Says UK Denies Him Six-Month Visa

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favor of one with a shorter duration, telling him that he had not declared a previous "criminal conviction".

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Independent Media Battle On In Putin's Russia

Alexei Venediktov, one of Russia's most prominent journalists, does not go out without a bodyguard and does not answer mobile phone calls for fear of being tracked.

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Syrian Group Says Nusra Abducts Its Leader, In Blow To U.S. Plan

The al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has abducted the leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group in north Syria, opposition sources and a monitoring group said, in a blow to Washington's efforts to train and equip fighters to combat Islamic State.

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Environmentalists, Unions Protest Pacific Trade Pact In Maui

Hundreds of protestors blowing conch shells line Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina, Hawaii, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations are gathering at the Westin Maui resort on the beach to negotiate a new trade pact. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)LAHAINA, Hawaii: About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach on Wednesday to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations.

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Teenager Dies In Canal While Being Chased By Police

Officers tried to catch him but he ran away again and ended up in a canal at Lea Bridge Road Photo: ALAMY

A teenage boy is thought to have drowned after jumping into a canal while being chased by police.

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Queensland Earthquake Of 5.3 Rating Shakes Brisbane To Sunshine Coast

Queensland’s south-east has been rocked by an earthquake off the Fraser coast.

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