China builds lighthouses in South China Sea

SHANGHAI - China has completed the construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, the official Xinhua news agency reported, as tensions in the region mount over Beijing's maritime ambitions.

Blasts in Turkish capital kill at least 20 people: media 4:50am EDT

ANKARA - At least 20 people were killed in explosions on Saturday outside the main train station in the Turkish capital Ankara where people were gathering for a peace march, Dogan news agency reported.

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (C) returns to his office after a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 9, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Will he or won't he?

WASHINGTON/JANESVILLE, Wis. - A leading Republican with allies on the right wing of the party, Paul Ryan is weighing a bid to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner, fellow lawmakers said as they sought to defuse a leadership battle.  Full Article 

A money changer displays U.S. and Iranian banknotes at the Grand Bazaar in central Tehran October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

Iran sanctions still in place, U.S. warns

LONDON/WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has reminded foreign governments and U.S. bankers that sanctions against Iran remain in effect, cautioning against a rush by Western firms to invest there until the country fully complies with the July nuclear agreement.  Full Article 

A Free Syrian Army fighter talks on a walkie-talkie near a rocket launcher during what they said was preparations for an operation to strike at forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad located in Daraa, July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir

Islamic State closes in on Aleppo

BEIRUT/ANKARA - Islamic State fighters seized villages close to Aleppo from rival insurgents as the United States announced it was largely abandoning its failed program to train moderate rebels and would instead provide arms and equipment.  Full Article 

Four-week-old elephant Anjuli cuddles with his brother Assam in Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany August  12, 2015. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Why do so few elephants get cancer?

Researchers are studying elephant genes to understand the species' low incidence of cancer, information that could help unlock new methods of treating the disease in humans.  Video 

Inside North Korea

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A rare glimpse of life inside the capital Pyongyang.  More photos 

Uber tries to get legal in China

U.S. ride-hailing app Uber says its trying to get the permits it needs to operate legally in China - a hugely important market for the ride-hailing app.

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