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Exclusive: Risking Beijing's ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef

SYDNEY/HONG KONG Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows, the latest move by the Communist state to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway.

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British spy chief says Islamic State plotting attacks as Russia makes 'desert' of Syria

LONDON Islamic State militants are using turmoil sown by Russian President Vladimir Putin's bombing in Syria to plot attacks against the United Kingdom and her allies, Britain's foreign intelligence chief said on Thursday.

Russia, Syria 9:03am EST

Chinese cardinal says Vatican must stand up to Beijing

HONG KONG Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most senior Chinese Catholic cleric, says the participation of an excommunicated prelate at two bishop ordinations in China was a "slap in the face" for Pope Francis just as Rome seeks a historic deal with Beijing.

China, Pope 8:36am EST

Iran minister says in U.S. interest to stay committed to nuclear pact

TOKYO Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday it was in the interest of the United States to remain committed to a multilateral nuclear treaty.

3:22am EST

Tigris lioness: Iraqi militiawoman fights for revenge against Islamic State

MAKHMUR, Iraq Wearing a camouflage cap over her headscarf, Miaad al-Jubbouri cuts an unusual figure among the hundreds of men fighting to retake a village from Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Pakistan mourns 47 killed in air crash, as investigators seek answers

ISLAMABAD Pakistan on Thursday mourned the 47 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, including a famed rock star-turned-Muslim evangelist, as officials sought to pinpoint the cause of the disaster. | Video

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