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U.S. hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response

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.

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Pentagon chief urges end to island-building in South China Sea

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday called for an immediate end to island-building by China and other countries near the South China Sea, urging the participants to stop militarizing the dispute and find a peaceful solution.

27 May 2015

Islamic State shoots dead 20 in Palmyra amphitheatre: monitor

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants shot dead around 20 men in an ancient amphitheatre in the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, accusing them of being government supporters, a group monitoring the conflict said.

27 May 2015

All at sea: Australia's search for MH370 under scrutiny

SYDNEY - Nearly a year after embarking on a multi-million dollar quest to solve one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries, authorities and search teams are being criticised over their approach to finding Flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean.

Britons to be asked in referendum to vote 'Yes' to stay in EU

LONDON - Britons will be asked to vote "yes" if they want to stay in the European Union when a referendum is held in the next two years, the government said on Thursday.

27 May 2015

Ex-Guantanamo inmate Khadr uncertain about firefight memory: paper

TORONTO - Canadian Omar Khadr, who was once the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, is unsure about his memory of a firefight that led to his murder conviction by a U.S. military tribunal, according to an interview published on Wednesday.

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