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China calls Iowa governor Branstad 'old friend' after report of ambassador pick

BEIJING China said on Wednesday the governor of the U.S. state of Iowa, Terry Branstad, was an "old friend" after a report that he had accepted President-elect Donald Trump's offer to become the next U.S. ambassador to China.

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Exclusive: In mammoth task, BP sends almost three million barrels of U.S. oil to Asia

SINGAPORE Oil major BP is shipping almost three million barrels of U.S. crude to customers across Asia, pioneering a lengthy and complex operation likely to become more popular after OPEC last week announced deep production cuts.

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Over 50 dead, dozens missing after quake hits Indonesia's Aceh

PIDIE JAYA/JAKARTA, Indonesia The death toll from a strong earthquake that hit northern Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday has doubled to at least 50, Indonesia's disaster agency said, as rescuers searched dozens of collapsed buildings for trapped survivors. | Video

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Britain fines Pfizer record $107 million for huge drug price hike

LONDON Britain's competition watchdog has fined Pfizer a record 84.2 million pounds ($107 million) for its role in ramping up the cost of an epilepsy drug by as much as 2,600 percent.

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Iraqi army launches fresh assault toward Mosul center

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi army units surged toward the center of Mosul on Tuesday in an attack from the city's southeastern edges that could give fresh impetus to the seven-week-old battle for Islamic State's Iraqi stronghold. | Video

World, United Nations, Iraq Dec 06 2016

U.S., state courts issue conflicting rulings on Michigan vote recount

A Michigan state appeals court on Tuesday ordered a halt to the recount of that state's presidential election vote sought by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, while a federal appeals court ordered the process to proceed.

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Trump lays out non-interventionist U.S. military policy

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. President-elect Donald Trump laid out a U.S. military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy. | Video

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Libyan forces clear last Islamic State holdout in Sirte

SIRTE, Libya Libyan forces backed by U.S. air strikes finished clearing the last Islamic State holdout in Sirte on Tuesday after a near seven-month battle for the militant group's former North African stronghold. | Video