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China holds massive military parade, to cut troop levels by 300,000

BEIJING - President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday 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, an event shunned by most Western leaders.

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Obama scores policy win in securing votes for Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama scored a major foreign policy victory on Wednesday by securing enough Senate votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in Congress, but Republicans pledged to keep up their fight against the pact with new sanctions on Tehran. | Video

02 Sep 2015

Asia shares stage patchy recovery but volatility seen staying high

TOKYO - Asian shares struggled to recover on Thursday with volatility remaining high, while emerging economy and commodity-linked currencies softened as investors worried about the global repercussions of slower growth in China.

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Baltimore judge orders individual trials for police in Gray case

BALTIMORE - A judge on Wednesday ordered individual trials for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody, a case that fed the U.S. debate on police treatment of minorities. | Video

02 Sep 2015

U.S. appeals court asked to halt NSA phone spying program

NEW YORK - A U.S. appeals court appeared reluctant on Wednesday to put an immediate halt to the federal government's collection of millions of Americans' phone records, with the controversial spy program set to expire in November.

02 Sep 2015

Jeb Bush's new stance on Trump: Bring it on

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Republican Jeb Bush’s new campaign ad ridiculing Donald Trump as a “germophobe” and Democrat-in-disguise is just the start of what will be a bigger onslaught, signaling a more aggressive stance by the candidate, Bush advisers said on Wednesday.

02 Sep 2015

Australia under fire for lobbying on California kangaroo trade

SYDNEY - The Australian government is under fire for lobbying the California legislature to stop a ban on the sale of kangaroo products in the U.S. state, a restriction the industry argues would cripple exports of the marsupials' meat and leather.

Four Turkish police officers killed in bomb attack: security sources

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Four Turkish police officers traveling in a vehicle in southeast Turkey were killed on Thursday when explosives believed to have been planted by Kurdish militants were detonated as they passed by, security sources told Reuters.