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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

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SE Asia vows to rescue 'boat people'; Myanmar seizes migrant vessel

BANGKOK - Southeast Asian nations agreed on Friday to intensify search and rescue efforts to help vulnerable "boat people" stranded in the region's seas, as Myanmar said its navy had seized a vessel off its coast with more than 700 migrants aboard. | Video

Myanmar 10:20am EDT

Exclusive: Air France faces new safety probe after freighter takeoff scare

PARIS - Air France faces its second safety investigation in as many weeks after pilots were forced to recover in mid-takeoff after entering the wrong data into the computer of a cargo jet, airline and safety officials said.

Tighter border controls block African migrants in Italian Alps

BOLZANO, Italy - Some 200 mostly Eritrean migrants heading northwards from Italy were turned back by police in the Italian Alps on Friday and left sleeping in train stations as European countries tightened frontier checks before a global summit in Germany.

Italy 10:08am EDT

Cameron seeks to court Merkel in bid to reshape Britain's EU ties

BERLIN - British Prime Minister David Cameron meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday in an attempt to gauge how far Berlin will go to keep the world's fifth-largest economy inside the European Union ahead of a referendum on membership.

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Blatter set to win new term despite soccer corruption scandal

ZURICH - World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport's governing body. | Video

Sports 10:11am EDT

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