• Southeast Asia maritime build-up accelerates, raising risks in disputed seas

    By Siva Govindasamy SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations are prioritizing spending on their navies and coastguards amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, but as their capabilities grow, so does the risk that any confrontation in the contested waterway will be harder to contain. …

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  • Trial of Iranian-U.S. journalist in Tehran to be closed: family

    The trial in Iran of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be closed to the public when it starts on Tuesday, his brother said on Monday. Rezaian, who is Iranian-American and faces unspecified charges, will be in Revolutionary Court with only his attorney and family members are…

  • Greece says wants to make debt payments but needs aid urgently

    By Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece intends to make good on its debt obligations but needs aid urgently to be able to do so, the government said on Monday, after several senior officials insisted Athens had no money to pay a loan installment falling due next week. It must repay four loans…

  • Arctic drilling update: Protester leaves Shell ship after hanging on since Friday

    The Coast Guard says student activist Chiara D'Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the Bellingham harbor around 9:30 a.m. Monday. From Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon, a second protester, Matt Fuller, joined Ms. D'Angelo. Coast Guard Petty…

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  • Shadab Hassan turned down a corporate career to start a village school

    To Hamid Hassan High School, to be precise. Deep in the hinterland of Jharkhand State in India, in a village called Brambe, about 20 miles from the city of Ranchi, H.H. High School is a powerful beacon of light that is trying to banish the darkness of illiteracy and transform the lives of several…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Guinea's president opens talks with opposition

    Guinea's President Alpha Conde asked his government on Monday to open talks with opposition leaders "without delay" aimed at ending a political deadlock which has led to violent street protests. The announcement follows weeks of clashes between anti-government activists and security forces in the…

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  • Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — A rest home fire in central China killed 38 people and injured six, Chinese state media reported Tuesday. The official Xinhua News Agency said that the Monday night fire swept through an apartment building being used as a privately run rest home in the city of Pingdingshan in Henan…

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  • Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The tens of thousands who endured perilous journeys to get here find more work opportunities than in Indonesia and a more Muslim-friendly environment than in Thailand.

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  • Australia rejects Vietnamese refugee claims in 40 minutes

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia secretly held a group of 46 Vietnamese asylum seekers on a warship at sea for almost a month and rejected their refugee claims during interviews that took as little as 40 minutes before returning them all to Vietnam last month, officials said.

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  • IT chief at Bangladesh Coca-Cola unit arrested as Islamic State suspect

    By Ruma Paul and Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - An IT manager at a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Co was one of two men arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of planning to fight for Islamic State in Syria, police and company sources said on Monday. The pair were detained during a raid in the capital,…

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  • Just Look What She Did!

    Walmart Security Cameras Captured The Whole Thing! [30 Photos]

  • Russia, Iran talks on S-300 missiles end in 'success'

    Moscow and Tehran have concluded talks on the delivery of Russian S-300 missiles to Iran which should take place "quite" soon, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Monday. The Russian foreign ministry has not confirmed the announcement, but noted the "importance of maintaining…

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  • Rest home fire in central China kills 38

    BEIJING (AP) — A rest home fire in central China killed 38 people and injured six, Chinese state media reported Tuesday.

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