• China says naval ships in Bering Sea on normal drills

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that Chinese naval ships were in the Bering Sea carrying out routine exercises. Five Chinese ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the United States said on Wednesday, in an apparent first for China's…

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  • Four Turkish police officers killed in bomb attack: security sources

    Four Turkish police officers traveling in a vehicle in southeast Turkey were killed on Thursday when explosives believed to have been planted by Kurdish militants were detonated as they passed by, security sources told Reuters. The blast in Mardin province is the latest in a succession of frequent…

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  • Taiwan to launch homegrown submarine plan with initial T$3 billion budget

    Taiwan has allocated T$3 billion ($92.55 million) over four years, beginning next year, to launch a long-awaited program for the island to build its own diesel-electric submarines. The expected allocation is the first for a plan that has been talked about since the early 2000s, when a deal with…

  • Can officers in Freddie Gray case get impartial juries in Baltimore?

    Nearly five months after Freddie Gray died from injuries sustained in police custody – triggering days of rioting in Baltimore – the trials of the six police officers involved in his arrest are expected to test the impartiality of the city’s residents and the US legal system. Judge Barry Williams…

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  • Obama secures Iran deal victory in Senate: what changed Democrats' minds

    From the start, Sen. Chris Coons had grave misgivings about the Iran nuclear deal. The Democrat from Delaware, a key undecided vote, read every page of the 159-page document – and reread them – plus the classified annexes. Recommended: How much do you know about Iran?

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  • Pentagon makes 'obvious' choice, opens Ranger School to women permanently

    The Army announced Wednesday that it is opening its storied Ranger School to all soldiers, regardless of gender. At his last press conference as Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Raymond Odierno said that the Army would wait for the next coed class to go through Ranger School in November to make a final…

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  • Come on – Joe Biden is already running

    Let’s stop pretending: Joe Biden is already running for president.

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  • Refugees threaten Europe's Christian roots, says Hungary's Orban

    The influx of refugees into Europe threatens to undermine the continent's Christian roots and governments must control their borders before they can decide how many asylum seekers they can take, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. In an opinion piece for Germany's Frankfurt Allgemeine…

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  • Migrants storm re-opened Budapest train station

    Budapest (AFP) - Several hundred migrants stormed into Budapest's main international train station early Thursday after police re-opened it following a two-day standoff, an AFP reporter said.

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  • Hungary may change laws to deal with migration crisis this week: Fidesz lawmaker

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's parliament could pass most of the legal amendments aimed at stemming an influx of migrants this week, possibly reducing the number of illegal border crossings to "zero" by the middle of the month, a senior ruling party lawmaker said on Thursday. Gergely Gulyas was…

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  • Austrian police say no trains running from Budapest to Vienna

    VIENNA (Reuters) - There are currently no trains running from Budapest's Keleti station to Vienna, an Austrian police spokesman said on Thursday. (Reporting by Angelika Gruber)

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  • Bulgaria detains 125 migrants for entering country illegally

    Bulgarian authorities detained 125 foreigners in the capital Sofia for illegally crossing into the country without submitting an asylum request, the interior ministry said on Thursday. Georgi Kostov, secretary general of the interior ministry, said the migrants, detained late on Wednesday night,…

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  • New Zealand slashes aid to Nauru over human rights concern

    By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand said on Thursday it was cutting NZ$1.2 million ($762,500)in aid to Nauru, slashing its budget for helping the island nation by more than half over concern about a growing crackdown on human rights. Nauru, a tiny Pacific island with just…

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  • Former Chinese president at war parade amid infighting rumors

    Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin appeared in public on Thursday at a military parade marking 70 years since the end of World War Two in Asia, after rumors of destabilizing infighting in the ruling Communist Party. Jiang stepped down as party chief in 2002 and state president in 2003 but…

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  • China holds massive military parade, to cut troop levels by 300,000

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders. China's confidence in…

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  • Arrest warrant issued for Guatemala's president: prosecutor

    A judge issued an arrest warrant for Guatemala's President Otto Perez, who faces prosecution for allegedly masterminding a huge fraud scheme, a prosecutor said, a day after he was stripped of his immunity. "The arrest warrant for the president has now been issued" by Judge Miguel Angel Galvez, who…

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  • Eastern Germany a hotspot for attacks against refugees

    A record influx of refugees to Germany has cast an ugly spotlight on its formerly communist east, which has been rocked by a disproportionate wave of racist protests and hate crimes. Arson attacks against refugee shelters, and swastikas scrawled on their walls, have brought back dark memories of…

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  • Young royal blood must wait as Queen celebrates landmark

    Queen Elizabeth II's longevity has helped anchor Britain during an era of unprecedented change, but has also left the royal family an ageing institution. The 89-year-old queen, who next week surpasses Queen Victoria to become the country's longest-reigning monarch, shows no sign of abdicating,…

  • Boat capsizes off Malaysia with 100 aboard: maritime agency

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A boat carrying about 100 people capsized off the western coast of Malaysia on Thursday, maritime authorities said, and media said it was carrying illegal immigrants. A spokesman for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said it was not immediately clear if there were…