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UK police arrest man with knives near PM's office in anti-terrorism operation

LONDON Armed British officers arrested a man carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office in London on Thursday on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism.

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Exclusive: Taiwan president says phone call with Trump can take place again

TAIPEI Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said a direct phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump could take place again and she urged the self-ruled island's political rival China to step up to its global responsibility to keep the peace as a large nation.

China, United Nations 10:22am EDT

Philippines says completes scientific survey in disputed sea

MANILA The Philippines has completed an 18-day scientific survey in the South China Sea to assess the condition of coral reefs and draw a nautical map of disputed area, a top security official said on Thursday.

South China Sea, China 12:39pm EDT

Syria's Assad says Israel 'supporting terrorists' by striking his army

BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a Venezuelan television interview broadcast on Thursday that Israeli military strikes on his army showed Israel was "supporting terrorists" in Syria, state-run Syrian media reported.

12:37pm EDT

Russia's Putin, Japan's Abe call for talks, calm with North Korea

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called on North Korea and other countries to avoid behaviour or rhetoric that could increase tensions around Pyongyang's nuclear programme. | Video

Japan 1:06pm EDT

Exclusive: U.N. criticizes Myanmar plan to resettle Rohingya in 'camp-like' villages

YANGON The United Nations' refugee agency has criticized a Myanmar government plan to resettle Rohingya Muslims displaced by recent violence in "camp-like" villages, saying it risks stoking tensions, according to a document seen by Reuters.

United Nations, Myanmar 11:11am EDT

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