• China lodges complaint with U.S. over spy plane flight

    China said it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea in a diplomatic row that has fuelled tension between the world's two largest economies. Friction in the region has grown over China's land reclamation in the…

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  • Malaysia finds 139 graves in 'cruel' jungle trafficking camps

    By Praveen Menon WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia has found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps suspected to have been used by gangs smuggling migrants across the border with Thailand, the country's police chief said on Monday. The…

  • Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

    The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defense minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade…

  • Fall of Ramadi: Iran, Iraq say US is the one who 'showed no will to fight'

    A former senior US military officer in Iraq argues that Shiite militias are now more capable than the Iraqi Army, because Iran is actually embedding more advisers. That's something, he adds, that the US military is failing to do.

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  • When did US North and South unite on Memorial Day?

    Memorial Day began as a sectional holiday. How did it evolve into a remembrance that generally unites North and South? The short answer to this question is the passage of time, and the shared American experience of wars that followed the Civil War.

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  • Deadly Plains torrents loosen drought’s grip: Is this ‘weather whiplash?'

    The five-year drought came to a dramatic end in Texas on Sunday, as a straight month of rain built into a torrent that killed at least three people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes, most along the Blanco River that runs roughly between San Antonio and Austin. Wichita Falls, Texas, where golf…

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  • Iraq prime minister vows to retake Ramadi 'within days'

    Speaking in an interview with BBC News, Prime Minister Haider Abadi insisted that the fall of Ramadi, which saw Iraqi troops fleeing the city in the face of inferior numbers of the self-described Islamic State, was only "a tactical battle" and not a sign that IS is winning. "I cannot give numbers,…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • Morocco jails three for homosexuality

    Three Moroccan men accused of homosexuality have been sentenced to three years in jail each by a court in northeastern Morocco, a rights group said on Monday. Homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are forbidden in the conservative North African nation. Hassan Ammari of the Moroccan…

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  • Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT

    WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most…

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  • Biden reassures Iraqi prime minister of US support

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has reassured Iraq's government of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group in a telephone call to Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.

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  • Angry voters change political landscape in Spain polls

    Spain faced a dramatically changed political landscape on Monday after voters in local elections abandoned traditional parties, with anti-austerity groups topping polls in Barcelona and possibly taking power in Madrid. The political shakeup following Sunday's elections was driven by voter anger…

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  • Yemeni politicians say UN peace talks indefinitely postponed

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A United Nations-sponsored Yemeni peace conference that was to start Thursday in Geneva has been indefinitely postponed, officials said, as battles raged across the country.

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  • Anonymous threats against airliners prompt plane searches

    NEW YORK (AP) — A series of anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners Monday, possibly from the same source, prompted searches of at least two planes at Kennedy Airport and nearly interrupted a third flight from England, authorities said.

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