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Trump fires opening salvo in risky test of wills with Beijing

WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump indicated a tougher U.S. approach to China by speaking to Taiwan's president last week, but how far he will push a risky test of wills to wring concessions from Beijing on issues from trade to North Korea is unclear.

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Abe to become first Japanese PM to visit Pearl Harbor

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor this month with U.S. President Barack Obama, becoming his country's first leader to travel to the site of the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War Two.

Japan 9:57am EST

French PM Valls launches presidential bid, quits government

EVRY, France French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared on Monday that he would seek the Socialist Party's nomination for next year's presidential election and said he was quitting the government to focus on campaigning.

7:42pm EST

Libyan forces close to securing last Islamic State holdouts in Sirte: officials

MISRATA, Libya Libyan forces said on Monday they were close to securing a final patch of land where Islamic State militants have been holding out in their former North African stronghold of Sirte.

Libya, Africa 3:12pm EST

West Mosul shelled as Iraq steps up fight against Islamic State

BAGHDAD Western-backed Iraqi forces have begun shelling parts of west Mosul, residents said, in preparation for a new front against Islamic State seven weeks into a difficult campaign to drive the militants from the city.

United Nations, Iraq 1:50pm EST

Contenders line up to replace New Zealand's outgoing leader

WELLINGTON New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English said on Tuesday he planned to stand for prime minister after John Key's surprise resignation a day earlier.

8:13pm EST

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