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While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: think tank

WASHINGTON While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday.

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In first, U.S. presents its evidence of Iran weaponry from Yemen

WASHINGTON The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions. | Video

United Nations, Yemen Dec 14 2017

Australian abuse report calls for end to sanctity of confession

SYDNEY Australia should introduce a law forcing religious leaders to report child abuse, including Catholic priests told of abuse in the confessional, said a report on Friday which detailed institutional abuse, particularly in the Catholic Church.

Australia Dec 14 2017

EU leaders clash over refugees

BRUSSELS Two years after the Mediterranean migrant crisis blew a hole in the European Union, a tentative effort to patch up differences over what to do with refugees underlined continuing rifts among the bloc's leaders.

Dec 14 2017

Chile presidential hopefuls end campaigns before Sunday vote

SANTIAGO Chile's presidential hopefuls ended their campaigns in downtown Santiago on Thursday ahead of an uncertain runoff election whose outcome will determine whether the world's top copper producer turns to the right or maintains its center-left track.

Dec 14 2017

Peru's Kuczynski says will not resign over Odebrecht scandal

LIMA Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said late on Thursday that he would not resign over a scandal involving payments that Brazilian builder Odebrecht paid a decade ago to a company he controlled while holding public office.

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