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China blocking access to disputed South China Sea atoll – reports

Philippine media claims ships from Beijing are guarding the disputed Quirino Atoll in the Spratly islands and chased fishing vessels away<p>China has reportedly stationed up to five ships around a disputed atoll in the South China Sea, preventing Filipino fishing vessels from accessing traditional …

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Clinton targets Sanders and gun control, but email news hangs over Iowa caucus

Democratic frontrunner targets Bernie Sanders’ record and has increasingly sought to make gun control a wedge issue between her and the Vermont senator<p>Gabby Giffords still struggles with her speech, five years after she was shot in the head in a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona.<p>Related: Seven ages …

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Orders for US durable goods unchanged in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory orders for long-lasting goods such as autos, airplanes and electronics were flat in November, as the impact of a strong …

Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey for downing a Russian warplane

"The government has been ordered to work out a system of response measures to this act of aggression in the economic and humanitarian spheres," which may include "limits or bans" on "foodstuffs, labor, and services from Turkish companies," Medvedev said.<p>The sanctions "could bite into more than $30 …