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China says 'no such thing' as man-made islands in South China Sea

BEIJING There was "no such thing" as man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, and reiterated that any building work was mainly for civilian purposes.

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Netanyahu set to approve first West Bank settlement for 20 years

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected to sign off on Thursday on building the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank for two decades, even as he negotiates with Washington on a possible curb on settlement activity.

Israel 9:52am EDT

Investigators suspect UK killer was lone wolf radicalized on internet

LONDON/WASHINGTON A former violent criminal who converted to Islam and kept out of trouble for more than a decade, the killer who struck Britain's parliament last week was probably a "lone wolf", self-radicalized by material on the internet, investigators say.

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Tillerson tells frustrated Turks: U.S. faces tough choices in Syria

ANKARA U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Thursday that Washington faced difficult choices in the fight against Islamic State in Syria but sought to downplay differences with NATO ally Turkey over support for Kurdish militia fighters. | Video

Syria 11:29am EDT

Syrian rebels seize swathes of south as Islamic State retreats

AMMAN Syrian rebels have seized large areas from Islamic State in southern Syria in the last two weeks as the jihadist group prepares to defend its Raqqa stronghold in the north from a U.S.-backed assault, rebel commanders say.

Syria 10:01am EDT

Conservative ex-banker vies with Correa ally for Ecuador presidency

QUITO An ally of leftist President Rafael Correa and a right-wing former bank boss are battling to become Ecuador's next president in Sunday's election after a tense and tight campaign in the historically volatile Andean nation.

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