WASHINGTON - By releasing video of Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action. | Video
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ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday Pentagon officials have begun to examine how the U.S. military could better equip and train Iraqi troops after the recent fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State insurgents.
BEIRUT - Islamic State posted photographs online which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra and appeared to show its ancient ruins unharmed since the hardline group seized it from government forces.
BUJUMBURA - The European Union and Burundi's influential Roman Catholic Church on Thursday pulled out from observing elections in the African country, saying that next month's vote cannot be fair because of daily unrest and a crackdown on media.
AGADEZ, Niger - In a sandy compound in the Niger desert town of Agadez, a white-turbaned imam blesses a circle of African migrants, some of them little more than boys, to protect them on the journey across the Sahara toward Europe.
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