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U.S. warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area.

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Philippines Duterte says he is not severing ties with the United States

DAVAO, Philippines Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he was not severing ties with the United States, but wanted to "separate" Manila's foreign policy from that of Washington.

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Exclusive: Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops

ROME/HONG KONG/BEIJING Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalize a deal on the ordination of bishops on the mainland, a move aimed at ending a longstanding dispute, according to Catholic Church sources familiar with the negotiations. | Video

People, China, Pope 7:19am EDT

Exclusive: Parlez-vous Brexit? EU negotiator wants Brits to talk French

BRUSSELS The European Union's lead Brexit negotiator would like British and EU officials to work in French rather than English during the divorce talks, an EU official familiar with Brussels' Brexit task force told Reuters on Friday.

10:53am EDT

At least three dead, many injured in Cameroon train accident

ESEKA, Cameroon At least three people were killed and many injured when a packed passenger train traveling between Cameroon's capital Yaounde and the port city of Douala derailed and overturned on Friday, witnesses said.

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Muslims pray at Colosseum, protesting against Rome mosque closures

ROME Hundreds of Muslims prayed next to Rome's Colosseum on Friday to protest against the closure of makeshift mosques, calling on city authorities to protect their religious rights.

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