China announces troop cuts

BEIJING - President Xi Jinping announced he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two.

Global stocks enjoy relief rally ahead of ECB, but investors wary 4:24am EDT

LONDON - World stocks rose on Thursday, lifted by the strong rally on Wall Street the previous day, but investors were cautious ahead of a potentially critical 24 hours that will include a European Central Bank policy meeting and the latest U.S. jobs data.

A protester blocks traffic as protests moved into the street on the first day of pretrial motions for six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

Charges against police go forward in Gray case

BALTIMORE - A judge rejected defense motions to drop charges against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody, clearing the way for trial next month.  Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on a nuclear deal with Iran at American University in Washington August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Obama scores win on Iran deal

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama scored a major foreign policy victory by securing enough Senate votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in Congress, but Republicans pledged to keep up their fight against the pact.  Full Article 

Inez Szczupak holds the urn containing the ashes of her son, Martin. He died of a drug overdose a day after leaving a Phoenix House New York facility without permission. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

How a drug-rehab program spun out of control

Politicians are embracing court-ordered drug rehab to reduce prison crowding. The case of Martin Szczupak, a young addict sent to a facility run by Phoenix Houses of New York, shows how good intentions can backfire when care falls short.  Full Coverage 

Kylo Ren played by Adam Driver is seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. REUTERS/Walt Disney Studios

Disney unboxes the Force with 'Star Wars' toys

LOS ANGELES - The growing craze of 'unboxing' is a centerpiece of a live global Walt Disney event to unveil new toys from its December movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."  Full Article 

Images of August

Images taken by Reuters photographers from around the world for the month of August 2015, including the global migrant crisis, the explosion in Tianjin, the anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, the U.S. presidential race, as well as other moments of everyday life. Produced by Canice Leung.

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