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U.S. drill designed to reject China's claim around artificial island: officials

WASHINGTON A U.S. warship carried out a "maneuvering drill" when it sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, to show it was not entitled to a territorial sea around it, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

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Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro congress

CARACAS Decried by protesters as "murderers" defending a dictator, Venezuela's military insisted on Thursday it was not taking sides in the national political turmoil, though it did back socialist President Nicolas Maduro's controversial plan for a new congress.

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U.S. military acknowledges over 100 civilians died in Mosul strike in March

WASHINGTON A U.S. military investigation on Thursday acknowledged that more than 100 civilians were killed in a U.S. air strike on a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March during operations against Islamic State militants.

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Canada's Trudeau seeks reset as agenda lags, rivals regroup

OTTAWA Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks set to shuffle his cabinet and trigger a new session of Parliament to help refocus a flagging agenda in the run-up to an election in late 2019, say political insiders.

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Bomb disposal team used to search Wigan house in UK bomb investigation: BBC

LONDON British police investigating the Manchester suicide bombing have brought in a bomb disposal team to search a property in nearby Wigan after a man was arrested in the town, the BBC reported on Thursday.

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Police close off London's Westminster Bridge over unattended vehicle

LONDON British police sealed off Westminster Bridge in central London next to parliament on Thursday following reports of an unattended vehicle.

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