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China demands US military 'stop spying' over South China Sea

China says US allegation that fighter jets intercepted a US navy plane at an unsafe distance Tuesday are ‘not true’, and that the navy should cease all missions there<p>China has rejected US claims that its fighter jets maneuvered unsafely when they intercepted an American navy reconnaissance plane …


These 6 charts explain the world's looming demographic crisis

Those changes will broaden the scope of our study of economics and investing; they will alter our understanding of sociology; and they will radically affect politics and governments.<p>Precisely what these changes will be is difficult to discern and predicting them requires some guesswork, but the one …


Damages to Palmyra ruins in Syrian recapture less than feared, experts say

Antiquities experts watched nervously as Syrian government troops moved into Palmyra to recapture the ancient desert oasis from the Islamic State militant group. Their concern was that the fighting would cause deeper destruction to Palmyra’s archaeological ruins after Isis laid waste to some of the …

Middle East

Azerbaijan frees rights activist after 2 years in prison

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A court in Azerbaijan has ordered the release of a human rights activist who spent the last two years in jail.<p>Intigam Aliyev was convicted last year of economic crimes that critics have dismissed as retaliation for his work.<p>His lawyer, Fariz Namazly, said the Supreme Court …

Human Rights

47 Comfort Foods for Cold Nights, Broken Hearts, and Tuesdays

The coziest recipes for long underwear season.<p>When you're fending off subzero temps, the only thing that helps is long underwear. Okay, and lots and lots of comfort food. Heavy, cheesy, meat-y, bread-y: This is not the time to pretend like you want to eat a salad. You don't.


France intensifies airstrikes against ISIL, calls for "single coalition" to oppose them

The French have continued overnight airstrikes on the so-called Islamic State main base, Raqqa, in Syria.<p>Since the Paris attacks last Friday, claimed by ISIL, France has reinforced its air presence over Syria, and has intensified its strikes on Raqqa and surrounding areas.<p>In the palace of …

China says it has been 'restrained' by not seizing more islands in South China Sea

Vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin claims China could have taken back other reefs ‘occupied illegally’ by other nations<p>China has exercised “great restraint” in the disputed South China Sea by not taking back islands occupied by other countries even though it could have, a senior Chinese diplomat …