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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. | Video

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China building two aircraft carriers: Taiwan defense ministry report

TAIPEI - China is building two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its sole carrier, a 60,000-tonne refurbished Soviet-era ship, according to a new Taiwanese Defence Ministry report on the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

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

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Kentucky clerk seeks same-sex marriage license reprieve

MOREHEAD, Ky. - A county clerk in Kentucky sought an emergency injunction on Wednesday to temporarily block a federal court order requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day before she goes to court to face contempt charges. | Video

02 Sep 2015

China says naval ships in Bering Sea on normal drills

BEIJING - China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that Chinese naval ships were in the Bering Sea carrying out routine exercises.

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Global stocks enjoy relief rally ahead of ECB, but investors wary

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.

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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.

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Special Report: In Egypt, jailed Islamists 'dying of neglect'

DAMIETTA, Egypt - Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker Mohammad al-Falahgi was arrested on terror charges in 2013 and held in prison, but never convicted. Earlier this year, after pleading for medical help, he died "handcuffed to the hospital bed," according to his son Osama.