• China says has stopped reclamation work in South China Sea

    By David Brunnstrom and Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday that Beijing had halted land reclamation in the South China Sea, and called on countries in the region to speed up talks on how claimant states should conduct themselves in the disputed…

  • Turkey says coalition to launch 'comprehensive battle' against Islamic State

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey said on Wednesday a U.S.-led coalition will soon launch a "comprehensive battle" against Islamic State militants from Turkish air bases, but Syria said any military action not coordinated with Damascus would breach its…

  • Syrian Islamist group says had been in talks with Iran

    Syrian Islamist insurgent group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it had been in talks with an Iranian delegation regarding the Syrian city of Zabadani but that the discussions had been halted. Any such talks between the conservative Sunni Islamist group and Shi'ite Iran would be highly unusual. …

  • Trial postponed for Zimbabwe's 'Cecil the lion' guide. Why?

    The trial of the professional Zimbabwean hunter and safari tour operator who led the expedition that killed Cecil the lion was postponed on Wednesday after a request from his lawyer, reported The New York Times. Theo Bronkhorst, who has been charged with failing to prevent an illegal hunt, has…

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  • Pakistan high court upholds military justice, death sentences for civilians

    Pakistan’s top court ruled Wednesday that civilians accused of terrorism can be tried in military courts, significantly expanding the jurisdiction of military tribunals and raising concerns among human rights activists about the balance of military and civilian power. The decision upholds a…

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  • In coal-mining Kentucky, shock and dismay over Clean Power Plan's new targets

    It is a tense time in Kentucky. The Environmental Protection Agency has just come out with its final rule on reducing carbon emissions – the strongest step ever taken to counter climate change in the United States – and this coal state is reeling. Kentucky’s energy secretary was in talks with EPA…

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  • Can Obama's Clean Power Plan survive in court?

    Just a few minutes after 8 a.m. on Monday – six hours before President Obama was scheduled to formally unveil sweeping new rules to limit gas emissions, one of America’s largest coal companies announced that it was planning on filing five lawsuits challenging it. With momentum from his recent…

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  • UK radical preacher charged with inviting IS support

    British radical preacher Anjem Choudary was on Wednesday charged under anti-terror laws with inviting support for the Islamic State jihadist group, prosecutors said. The 48-year-old is regularly interviewed by British media for his views on Islam and the Middle East. "Each man is charged with one…

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  • Pope: Keep door open to divorced Catholics who remarry

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis declared on Wednesday that divorced Catholics who remarry, as well as their children, deserve better treatment from the church, warning pastors against treating these couples as if they were excommunicated.

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  • Bubka wants 'faster, more efficient' system against doping

    LONDON (AP) — IAAF presidential candidate Sergey Bubka says athletics must improve the speed and transparency in the system it uses to identify and sanction dopers, a day after his opponent Sebastian Coe strongly defended their anti-doping effort.

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  • Thailand to ban metal gas canisters in south over bomb fears

    HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Security officials in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand plan to ban the use of metal cooking gas tanks because they are often used to make homemade bombs.

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  • Cricketer Faulkner fined for drink-drive collision

    Australia cricketer James Faulkner said he was "deeply embarrassed and sorry" after being fined £10,000 ($15,650, 14,350 euros) on Wednesday and banned from driving for two years. Faulkner, who plays with English county Lancashire, had been at a restaurant and did not want to walk a mile home in…

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  • Clarke fights back after scrutiny of Ashes performances

    NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Michael Clarke has bristled at suggestions he has lost the will to play for Australia, saying he has the "love, desire and passion" to recover his best form and lead the team to success in the Ashes.

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  • Experts start examining wing piece that may be from MH370

    BALMA, France (AP) — French and Malaysian experts have begun examining an airplane wing fragment that could offer the first tangible clue about the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished more than a year ago with 239 people aboard.

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  • Top Asian News at 1:00 p.m. GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Two passenger trains jumped off slippery tracks on a bridge near a rain-swollen river in central India, killing at least 24 people as two coaches hurled through mud and rested on one side at an embankment, officials said Wednesday. The Kamayani Express was on its way to Mumbai when…

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  • Suspected Islamists kill six, abduct 50 in Cameroon: soldier

    Yaoundé (AFP) - Suspected Islamists have killed at least six people and kidnapped more than 50 in a raid on a village in northern Cameroon, according to a soldier sent to the scene. A vigilante from a neighbouring village gave a higher toll, saying eight had been killed and 135 abducted.

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  • At least 24 killed, 300 survive after trains derail in India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Two passenger trains jumped off damaged tracks on a bridge near a rain-swollen river in central India, killing at least 24 people as two coaches hurled through mud and rested on one side at an embankment, officials said Wednesday.

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  • Syrian troops, Hezbollah fighters advance in mountain resort

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media says government forces backed by members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group are advancing from different directions in the mountain resort of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon.

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  • Australia cricketer Faulkner banned from driving for 2 years

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Australia cricketer James Faulkner was banned from driving for two years and fined 10,000 pounds ($15,600) for drunk driving.

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