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On final trip, Carter looks to reassure Asia allies

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes his last scheduled trip to Asia next week, and he will try to sooth anxieties caused by Donald Trump's election, U.S. officials said.

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Philippines' Duterte gets Trump White House invite during 'animated' call

MANILA/WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump invited Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House next year during a "very engaging, animated" phone conversation, a Duterte aide said on Friday, amid rocky relations between their two countries.

Politics, Election 2016 6:26pm EST

Exclusive: U.S. warns China it will target firms for illicit North Korea business

WASHINGTON The United States has warned China it will blacklist Chinese companies and banks that do illicit business with North Korea if Beijing fails to enforce U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang, according to senior State Department officials.

Renzi makes final appeal to Italians ahead of referendum

ROME With his career on the line, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made a final appeal to Italians on Friday to support a crucial referendum to change the constitution, saying Italy could become Europe's strongest nation if it wins. | Video

Italy 4:33pm EST

Victims of Colombia crash take final flights home to Brazil

MEDELLIN, Colombia Dozens of coffins carrying those killed when a plane flying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team crashed into a Colombian mountain were loaded onto Brazilian air force planes for their final journey home on Friday.

Brazil 7:24pm EST

'Unprecedented' numbers face severe hunger in South Sudan: U.N.

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 3.6 million people in South Sudan face severe food shortages - the highest levels ever experienced at harvest time - and the crisis is likely to worsen when food from the current harvest runs out next year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said.

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