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China says military to have global clout

Subscriber onlyChina said Tuesday that it plans to extend its military's global reach to safeguard its economic and maritime interests, while declaring that it does not seek confrontation with its neighbors despite their "provocative actions" over disputed islands and "meddling" by the United States. Continue reading...

Australia to cast off terror suspects

Subscriber onlyAustralia plans to pass a law within weeks to give the government power to strip citizenship from dual nationals who are suspected terrorists even if they are not convicted of a crime, the prime minister said Tuesday. Continue reading...

In documents, U.N. slow to act on abuse

France told late about reports of troops and kids in C. African Republic

Subscriber onlyFor months, the U.N.'s top human-rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn't follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked "strictly confidential" show, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information about the case. Continue reading...

Iraq promises to reclaim Anbar

Subscriber onlyIraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province -- now mostly held by the Islamic State -- by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a defeat at the hands of the extremists in the provincial capital of Ramadi. Continue reading...

Exiled-regime forces take Yemen city

Fighters oust rebels, seize tanks, ammunition from base in Dhale in south

Subscriber onlyFighters backing Yemen's exiled government captured a key city on the road to the port city of Aden, officials said Tuesday, the pro-government forces' first significant victory since a Saudi-led coalition began targeting Shiite rebels in airstrikes. Continue reading...

Nursing home fire kills 38 in China

Subscriber onlyA fire that swept through a privately run home for the elderly in central China killed 38 people and left much of it a charred ruin, raising concerns over the safety of facilities housing the country's rapidly aging population. Continue reading...

Malaysians dig up body at vacated trafficker camp

Subscriber onlyMalaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave Tuesday at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings as they search through a cluster of illicit hideouts near the border with Thailand. Continue reading...

Iran spy trial starts for U.S. journalist

Washington Post bureau chief, held since July, faces private proceedings

Subscriber onlyAn Iranian security court Tuesday began the private espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months. Continue reading...

The World in Brief

Subscriber onlyEU drafts plan to spread out refugees BRUSSELS -- The European Union will seek to shift the refugee burden away from Italy and Greece by relocating 40,000 asylum seekers to other EU countries, according to a draft document seen by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyAbdullah al-Thinni, Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister, survived an assassination attempt by gunmen who attacked his motorcade on the way to the airport in the eastern city of Tobruk, according to government spokesman Arish Said. Continue reading...

Russia to stage air combat drills

Subscriber onlyRussian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered four days of air combat readiness testing, the third major military exercise staged by the Kremlin in the past three months. Continue reading...

12 lost in Texas river; Mexico twister kills 13

Subscriber onlyA tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. Continue reading...

Biden reassures Iraqi leader of U.S. support

Subscriber only Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq's government Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment. Continue reading...

Afghan police station under siege

Police chief pleads for rescue after Taliban assault kills 26

Subscriber onlyTaliban gunmen have surrounded a police compound in the volatile southern province of Helmand after killing 19 policemen and seven soldiers in an ongoing siege, a senior police officer said Monday from inside the compound. Continue reading...

No executions at shootout, Mexico says

Subscriber only Mexican officials stood by their account Monday of a shootout that killed 42 suspected criminals and one federal police officer last week, dismissing questions raised about the lopsided death toll. Continue reading...

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