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U.S. diplomatic strategy on South China Sea appears to founder

WASHINGTON In the lead-up to an international court ruling on China's claims in the South China Sea this month, United States officials talked about rallying a coalition to impose "terrible" costs to Beijing's international reputation if flouted the court's decision.

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Turkey dismisses military, shuts media outlets as crackdown deepens

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey on Wednesday deepened a crackdown on suspected followers of a U.S.-based cleric it blames for a failed coup, dismissing nearly 1,700 military personnel and shutting 131 media outlets, moves that may spark more concern among its Western allies.

Turkey Jul 27 2016

Australian police investigate Vatican treasurer over abuse allegations

SYDNEY Cardinal George Pell, the Australian-born Vatican treasurer, is being investigated in relation to multiple allegations of child abuse in his home country, Victoria state police said.

Australia, Pope 12:24am EDT

Guatemalan judge charges former president in bribery case

GUATEMALA CITY A Guatemalan judge on Wednesday charged former President Otto Perez with money laundering and bribery in a massive corruption case in which 52 others were also accused, including former ministers, business people and lawyers.

Jul 27 2016

Australia prison abuse could violate torture conventions: U.N.

SYDNEY The use of hoods, restraints and teargas on Australian aboriginal children in youth detention centers by police, as shown in footage released this week, could violate the U.N. treaty barring torture, a top U.N. official said on Thursday.

Australia Jul 27 2016

Chinese polluters to face more business, financing restrictions

SHANGHAI Chinese firms guilty of exceeding emissions limits or building plants without environmental permits will face tougher punishments including credit bans and land use restrictions, the country's environmental ministry said late on Wednesday.

Environment 12:32am EDT

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