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U.S. moves THAAD anti-missile to South Korean site, sparking protests

SEOUL The U.S. military started moving parts of an anti-missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday, triggering protests from villagers and criticism from China, amid tension over North Korea's weapons development. | Video

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EU Ankara negotiator calls for suspension of Turkey accession talks

BRUSSELS The European Union should formally suspend Turkey's long-stalled talks on membership if it adopts constitutional changes backed at a referendum last week, a leading member of the EU parliament responsible for dealings with Ankara said on Wednesday.

Turkey 6:56am EDT

China launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension

BEIJING China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea.

Mosul businesses start reconstruction without waiting for final Islamic State defeat

MOSUL, Iraq Some businessmen in Mosul have begun rebuilding their shattered premises without waiting for financial support from the cash-strapped Iraqi government or for the final defeat of Islamic State in the city.

Iraq 7:13am EDT

Syrian refugees must buy travel papers - from Assad

LUXEMBOURG When Mohamed al-Khalaf escaped from Syria and won asylum in Luxembourg last year, his wife and children stayed behind in Raqqa, the hub of Islamic State's so-called Caliphate. Khalaf applied for his family to join him, exercising a right to family life under European law.

Syria 5:12am EDT

Four arrested west of Paris in counter-terrorism swoop

PARIS Four people have been arrested in the west-of-Paris suburb of Trappes as part of a counter-terrorism operation, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

5:33am EDT

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