• 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. …

  • 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…

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media is reporting that a rest home fire in central China has killed 38 people and injured six. The official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that the previous night's fire swept through an apartment building being used as a privately run rest home in the city of…

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  • Worker dies protesting Chinese mining company in Peru

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — A worker has died amid a clash between police and protesters at a Chinese-operated iron mine in Peru.

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  • Mexico rejects abuse claims in deadly gunfight

    Mexican authorities rejected suggestions Monday that police executed criminals in a gunfight that killed 42 suspects and one officer after the one-sided death toll raised doubts among security experts. Senior officials said the suspects refused to surrender, firing at the officers and a Blackhawk…

  • Venezuela denies opposition leader Lopez on hunger strike

    Venezuela's public ombudsman denied Monday that jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was on hunger strike or in solitary confinement, saying he "had lunch with his children" the day before. Lopez said Saturday he was launching a hunger strike with fellow inmate Daniel Ceballos, a former student…

  • Polish opposition cheers presidential vote win, stock market more wary

    By Pawel Sobczak and Jakub Iglewski WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's main opposition party celebrated its first national election win in a decade on Monday, after its candidate for the presidency unexpectedly defeated incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski. The Warsaw stock market fell, as Andrzej Duda's Law…

  • Conservative challenger Duda wins Polish presidential vote

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda has won Poland's presidential election and ousted the incumbent in a runoff vote, according to official results Monday.

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  • Strongman looms large as Suriname votes

    Suriname voted in general elections Monday with its convicted drug trafficker president, Desi Bouterse, seeking to tighten his controversial grip on power. Bouterse, who has ruled the small South American country on and off since 1980, is looking to end his alliance with one-time nemesis Ronnie…

  • Ex-leader of Guyana charged with inciting racial hatred

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A former president of Guyana was released on bail after formally being charged Monday with inciting racial hatred ahead of general elections.

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