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Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials

WASHINGTON China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters. | Video

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Showdown looms for protesters near site of Dakota Access pipeline

CANNON BALL, N.D. Demonstrators near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline braced for a showdown with authorities on Wednesday, as protest leaders said at least some would defy a deadline to abandon the camp they have occupied for months to halt the project.

Environment, U.S. 6:33am EST

Global stocks top 2016 gains, dollar up before Fed minutes

LONDON Global stocks hit record highs on Wednesday, pushing gains for the year above those for all of 2016, while the dollar rose before Federal Reserve minutes that will be scoured for clues on the timing of the next U.S. interest rate rise.

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In Bavarian town, Syrian sisters get to grips with Germany's freedoms

SCHILLINGSFUERST, Germany More than a year ago, Mayar and Nawar Ballish escaped car bomb attacks in Damascus. Now the Syrian sisters, both students in their twenties, go to school by train past neat gardens and farms in the quiet hills of Bavaria, southern Germany.

World, Syria 5:07am EST

Britain's top court backs government on immigration income test

LONDON Britain's top court backed a government attempt to limit immigration by ruling on Wednesday that an income test for those who want to bring their non-European spouses to the UK is acceptable and does not infringe human rights.

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Lawyers for South Korea's Park accuse court reviewing impeachment of bias

SEOUL Lawyers for South Korean President Park Geun-hye accused one of the judges reviewing her impeachment of bias on Wednesday and asked him to excuse himself, in a dramatic twist in a case engulfing members of the political and business elite.

World, South Korea 5:41am EST
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Flooding forces hundreds from homes in San Jose, California

Murky, waist-high floodwaters swamped neighborhoods along a rain-swollen creek in the northern California city of San Jose on Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders or advisories for more than 1,000 homes, city officials said. | Video

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Ex-Hong Kong leader jailed in fall from 'such a height'

HONG KONG Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was jailed for 20 months on Wednesday for misconduct in public office, making him the most senior city official to serve time behind bars in a ruling some said reaffirmed the financial hub's vaunted rule of law.