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U.S. says China's island-building erodes security; Beijing angered

SINGAPORE - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that China's island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific, drawing a scathing response from the foreign ministry in Beijing. | Video

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Syrian air raids kill dozens of civilians in north: monitoring group

BEIRUT - A Syrian air force raid killed at least 59 civilians at a market in a town held by Islamic State militants in northern Syria on Saturday, according to a monitoring group.

Syria, United Nations 5:32pm EDT

Islamic State blows up empty prison complex in Syria's Palmyra

BEIRUT - Islamic State blew up a major prison complex in the central Syrian city of Palmyra on Saturday, according to a group monitoring the war, destroying an important symbol of government control in the jihadist-held city.

Syria 2:16pm EDT

Probes of child abuse in Central African Republic should intensify: U.N. rights chief

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations human rights chief on Saturday urged several countries to intensify their investigations of alleged sexual abuse of young children in the Central African Republic by French and African soldiers posted in the conflict-torn nation.

EU criticizes 'unjustified' Russian travel blacklist

BERLIN - Russia has imposed an entry ban on 89 European politicians and military leaders, according to a list seen by Reuters, a move that has angered Europe and worsened its standoff with the West over Moscow's role in the Ukraine conflict.

Russia 2:39pm EDT

More than 4,200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean as crisis grows

ROME - More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in last 24 hours, the Italian coastguard said on Saturday. | Video

Italy 5:40pm EDT

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