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U.S. says China's island-building erodes security; Beijing angered

SINGAPORE - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that China's island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific, drawing a scathing response from the foreign ministry in Beijing. | Video

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Islamic State's Saudi branch calls for clearing Arabian Peninsula of Shi'ites

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia's branch of militant group Islamic State has said it wants to clear the Arabian Peninsula of Shi'ite Muslims and urged young men in the kingdom to join its cause, the U.S.-based SITE monitoring center has reported.

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Gunmen shoot dead two soldiers in south of Thailand: police

YALA, Thailand - Unidentified gunmen shot dead two soldiers in an ambush in Thailand's southern province of Pattani on Saturday, police said.

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Russia imposes travel ban on 89 EU politicians

BERLIN - Russia has imposed an entry ban on 89 European politicians and military leaders, according to a list seen by Reuters, a move that has angered Europe and worsened its standoff with the West over Moscow's role in the Ukraine conflict.

Russia 7:32am EDT

Syrian air raids kill dozens of civilians in north: monitoring group

BEIRUT - A Syrian air force raid killed at least 59 civilians at a market in a town held by Islamic State militants in northern Syria on Saturday, according to a monitoring group.

Syria 10:53am EDT

More than 4,200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean as crisis grows

ROME - More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in last 24 hours, the Italian coastguard said on Saturday.

Italy 9:11am EDT

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