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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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Malaysia releases Kim Jong Nam's body in deal ending spat with North Korea

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia put the body of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a plane to Pyongyang on Thursday, in a deal that secured the release of its citizens there and ended a drawnout diplomatic spat.

Exclusive: South Africa's Zuma considers stepping down early in deal to oust Gordhan

JOHANNESBURG Jacob Zuma is considering offering to step down next year, at least 12 months before his term as South African president ends, under a deal with opponents in his ruling party that would see Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan leave office now, two senior party sources said.

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A year on, Myanmar's Suu Kyi acknowledges reforms have been slow

YANGON A year after sweeping to power in a historic vote, Myanmar's first de-facto civilian leader in about half a century, Aung San Suu Kyi, acknowledged on Thursday the public's frustration with the slow pace of reforms and development.

United Nations, Myanmar 1:51pm EDT

Several hurt in clashes at Turkey's Brussels consulate: police

BRUSSELS Several people were injured and taken to hospital after supporters and opponents of the Turkish government clashed outside the country's consulate in central Brussels on Thursday, Belgian police said.

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Venezuela top court assumes congress role, foes decry 'dictatorship'

CARACAS Venezuela's Supreme Court has announced it is taking over the functions of congress due to "contempt" by opposition lawmakers, sparking accusations that socialist President Nicolas Maduro has become a dictator.

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