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U.S. hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response

WASHINGTON - By releasing video of Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action. | Video

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U.S. training of Syria rebel fighters expands to Turkey: source

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has started training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey to combat Islamic State, an expected expansion of a program that first launched in Jordan weeks ago, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

U.S., Turkey, Syria 7:56am EDT

Italy's Renzi faces election test as scandals overshadow vote

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi goes into elections this weekend hoping nascent signs of economic recovery after years of recession will outweigh a corruption scandal that has dogged one of the main candidates of his centre-left Democratic Party (PD).

Italy 2:05am EDT

Pentagon chief urges end to island-building in South China Sea

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on Wednesday for an immediate end to island-building by China and other countries near the South China Sea, urging the participants to stop militarizing the dispute and find a peaceful solution.

China 4:48am EDT

Iran's Zarif hopes for nuclear deal within 'reasonable period of time'

ATHENS - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday he hoped Tehran and world powers would reach a final nuclear deal "within a reasonable period of time" but this would be hard if the other side stuck to what he called excessive demands.

6:57am EDT

Cyprus police hold suspect after large ammonium nitrate haul

LARNACA, Cyprus - Cypriot authorities detained a Lebanese national on Thursday after finding in his possession a large quantity of ammonium nitrate fertilizer which, police said could case widespread damage if used in an explosive mixture.

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