• Images show Chinese airstrip on man-made Spratly island nearly finished

    (Reuters) - China has almost finished building a 3,000-metre-long (10,000-foot) airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new satellite photographs of the area show. A U.S. military commander had told Reuters in May that the airstrip on…

  • IAEA says Iran uranium stockpile reduced, but questions remain

    Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas dropped below the maximum level required under a 2013 interim nuclear agreement with world powers, a U.N. report showed, but a U.S. think-tank suggested Tehran had not entirely met its obligations. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in…

  • In emails, Hillary's outside advisers pushed hawkish Afghan line

    By Warren Strobel and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the fall of 2009, as U.S. President Barack Obama conducted a long, divisive review of whether to pour more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, an influential group of advisors were quietly pushing a hawkish line. The emails reveal how, even as…

  • Black church fires stir concern, though details not yet clear

    Images of Southern black churches on fire have become a too-frequent sight during the past two weeks. The most recent, Tuesday’s devastating fire at Mount Zion AME, a historic African-American church in Greeleyville, S.C., likely started when a lightning bolt struck the edifice, investigators say.

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  • How Supreme Court ruling could jump-start political innovation

    A Supreme Court ruling this week gives voters a green light to take the drawing of political maps out of the hands of partisan majorities, but bringing those efforts to fruition is going to be a “pretty heavy lift," activists say. On Monday, the court upheld Arizona’s voter-approved, independent…

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  • US flag to fly over Havana again, but that won't end America's Cuba debate

    The United States and Cuba may have agreed Wednesday to open embassies in each other’s capital for the first time in half a century, but that doesn’t mean it will be all salsa music and humdrum diplomacy between the two longtime adversaries anytime soon. President Obama emphasized that “very…

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  • Ohio cuts funding for PARCC Common Core testing. What's next?

    On Tuesday night Ohio governor John Kasich signed the state’s two-year budget bill, which included a section prohibiting spending on tests developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a program which has provoked many complaints from educators. As The…

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  • Taiwan pilot in February TransAsia crash described as hasty

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan flight safety officials say a pilot who has been described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in a crash that killed 43 people earlier this year.

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    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's air force chief said Thursday the military transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood of Medan killing 141 people had a propeller "abnormality" that indicates an engine stalled. Air Marshal Agus Supriatna told reporters the fact that the plane…

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  • China gay couple holds informal marriage to push for union

    BEIJING (AP) — A prominent Chinese lesbian couple has held an informal ceremony to announce their marriage in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China.

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  • Indonesia to call off search for victims in deadly military plane crash

    Indonesian authorities will call off a two-day search for victims on Thursday after a military transport plane crashed into a residential area in Sumatra, killing around 140 people, the military said. The Hercules C-130B was carrying 122 passengers when it crashed into houses in the northern city…

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  • Bolivian villagers ban booze, set curfew over crimes

    Mayor Reynaldo Calcina said the town government went along with the measures after residents demanded them during neighborhood meetings. "It's precisely because the rape in La Asunta was perpetrated by somebody who was drunk that we took these decisions," Calcina said.

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    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia air force chief: crashed plane had propeller problem that indicates engine stalled.

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  • Surfer critically injured by shark off Australian town

    SYDNEY (AP) — A 32-year-old surfer was critically injured by a shark on Thursday at the same Australian coastal town where a Japanese tourist was killed in February, police said.

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  • New Zealand gears up for 'brutal' Super 15 final

    The Wellington Hurricanes-Otago Highlanders Super 15 final on Saturday "is going to be brutal" and could damage New Zealand's World Cup strength, according to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. The Hurricanes, with 12 current All Blacks in their squad, compared to five with the Highlanders, have been…

  • France-based players Mitchell and Giteau return to Wallabies

    SYDNEY (AP) — France-based Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau have been named to Australia's training squad for Rugby Championship matches over the next six weeks.

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  • Chicharito injures collarbone as Mexico ties Honduras

    HOUSTON (AP) — Mexico's Gold Cup chances could take a hit after Tuesday's tune-up game with Honduras. Star forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez left the scoreless draw with a collarbone injury.

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