A Filipino soldier patrols at the shore of Pagasa island (Thitu Island) in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool

China has artillery in the South China Sea: U.S.

SINGAPORE - China placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, the United States said.  Full Article 

U.S. economy contracts in first quarter; dollar hurts corporate profits 11:58am EDT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls, a resurgent dollar and disruptions at West Coast ports, but activity already has rebounded modestly.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Blatter expected to win FIFA re-election

ZURICH - World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport's governing body.  Full Article | Slideshow 

A man, according to Ukraine's state security service (SBU) is named Yevgeny Yerofeyev and is one of two Russian servicemen recently detained by Ukrainian forces, is examined by medics at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Caught in Ukraine, cast adrift by Moscow

KIEV - Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev are pawns in the deepest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. Ukraine accuses the Russians of terrorism. Russia won't acknowledge they're soldiers.   Full Article 

A member of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carries his weapon as he squats in the town of the northwestern city of Ariha, after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the area in Idlib province, Syria May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

Insurgents advance around captured Idlib

BEIRUT - Insurgents who captured the last government-held town in Syria's Idlib province celebrated and made more advances in surrounding areas, in a further blow to the stretched army and allied militia.  Full Article 

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and a coin are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris, France, May 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Creator of Silk Road website faces sentencing

NEW YORK - The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road will be sentenced for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.  Full Article 

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Anti-Islam protest targets Phoenix mosque

A demonstration outside a Phoenix mosque Friday will feature t-shirts insulting Islam and caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.