• Iran to upgrade missiles, get Russian defense system: minister

    By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will unveil an upgrade of its Emad ballistic missiles this year, the defense minister was quoted as saying, advancing a program that has drawn criticism from the United Nations and sanctions from the United States. The Islamic Republic would also…

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  • North Korea executes army chief of staff: South Korean media

    North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North…

  • Turkish soldiers clash with Kurdish militants crossing from Syria: army

    By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - One Turkish soldier was killed and another wounded when security forces clashed with Kurdish militants crossing over from Syria, the army said on Wednesday, hours after Ankara summoned the U.S. ambassador over Washington's support for Syrian Kurds. The latest…

  • Hong Kong’s lessons in coping with China

    Under “core” leader Xi Jinping, says scholar Minxin Pei, China is now “gripped by fear in a way it has not been since the era of Mao Zedong.” Dr. Pei cites the government’s heavy crackdown since 2012 on human rights activists, corrupt officials, intellectuals, and even investors. While it is easy…

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  • What can be done to deflect North Korea's nuclear ambitions?

    North Korea has restarted its plutonium production, according to US intelligence chief James Clapper, representing another milestone in its nuclear weapons program. The assessment, outlined during the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, comes just two days after…

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  • NSA to shake up its defensive, offensive game

    The shift comes as a response to both changing technology and more capable foreign hackers, Ellen Nakashima reported for the Washington Post. The agency is currently organized into two branches, the defensive Information Assurance Directorate (IA), which helps companies in the private sector find…

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  • Why developers were arrested after an earthquake in Taiwan

    A Taiwanese developer is facing charges of negligent homicide after one of his buildings collapsed during an earthquake.

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  • The Latest: EU: Balkans must provide more migrant shelter

    BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

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  • The Latest: Turkey criticizes UN handling of refugee crisis

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):

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  • France's Fabius accuses U.S. of 'ambiguous' Syria policy

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday questioned the commitment of the United States to resolving the crisis in Syria, saying its "ambiguous" policy was contributing to the problem. "There are ambiguities, including among the actors of the coalition ... I'm not going to repeat what…

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  • Syrian opposition says Russian strikes must end for peace talks

    The Saudi-backed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad will attend peace talks later this month if Russia stops bombarding their positions and humanitarian aid reaches civilians in the areas they control, a spokesman said on Wednesday. Asked if the opposition would attend peace talks later this…

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  • Top Asian News 12:28 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North's recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. The decision to end operations…

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  • Khomeini grandson loses appeal to stand in Iranian election

    By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) - The grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, will not be allowed to stand in this month's election in Iran, the clerical vetting body said on Wednesday, in a blow to reformist forces in the country. Hassan Khomeini,…

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  • Pregnant Australian woman tests positive for Zika virus

    SYDNEY (AP) — A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling overseas, health officials said Wednesday.

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  • 3 soldiers die after vehicle hits land mine in central Mali

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's defense ministry says three soldiers have been killed after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Mali's central Mopti region.

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  • French foreign minister leaving to head Constitutional Court

    PARIS (AP) — France's top diplomat is leaving his post to be named chief of the Constitutional Council, France's top court making sure that bills comply with the constitution.

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  • Despite protests, Greek PM says reforms 'not optional'

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Protesting farmers says they're planning to camp outside parliament and hold a 48-hour protest against planned pension reforms.

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  • Sunderland winger Johnson admits sexual activity with child

    BRADFORD, England (AP) — Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty in court to one count of sexual activity with a child and another of grooming.

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