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Civilians emerge as pawns in South China Sea legal chess game

HONG KONG/MANILA - On tiny specks in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, Vietnamese and Filipino children skip to school each day. Not far away, China is building lighthouses and weather stations on reclaimed land. Further north, a Chinese cruise ship takes "patriotic" tourists to a separate group of contested islands.

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Exclusive: Mexican president misrepresented personal land deal, records show

VALLE DE BRAVO, Mexico - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto misrepresented to authorities the circumstances under which he acquired one of his properties, public documents reviewed by Reuters show, a discrepancy that could add to a controversy surrounding his personal finances.

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U.S. says China agrees 'pressure' key on North Korea

BEIJING - China has agreed that "pressure" on North Korea is an important element in a push to rid the country of its nuclear weapons, a U.S. official overseeing policy on North Korea said on Friday.

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Syrian insurgents advance in areas around captured town: monitor

BEIRUT - A Syrian insurgent alliance which has captured the last government-held town in the northwestern Idlib province made further advances on Friday, a monitoring group and fighters said.

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Iran shares some information in nuclear probe, no breakthrough: IAEA

VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday it had made incremental progress but no breakthrough in its inquiry into whether Iran may have researched an atom bomb, a sobering message that may dim chances for a deal between Tehran and big powers next month.

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Apple fails to disqualify antitrust monitor in e-books case

NEW YORK - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Apple Inc's bid to disqualify an antitrust compliance monitor appointed after the technology company was found liable for conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.

U.S. swimming pools ban long breath-holding after deaths

NEW YORK - A U.S. Navy SEAL hopeful and his friend, an off-duty lifeguard, were barreling through underwater drills in a pool just 3.5 feet (1 meter) deep. No one realized anything was wrong until their limp, unconscious bodies were noticed beneath the surface.

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U.S. says China has placed mobile artillery on reclaimed island

SINGAPORE - The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a development that Republican Sen. John McCain called "disturbing and escalatory." | Video