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B-52 bombers to take on ISIS

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> American B-52 bombers are "ready and able" to strike ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, a top Air Force official confirmed Monday.<p>The air campaign against ISIS is "taking a toll on our aircraft, our readiness and our airmen" but the "venerable B-52 ... remains ready and able to meet …

Military

Hillary Clinton apologizes for praising Nancy Reagan's nonexistent AIDS activism

Hillary Clinton apologized Friday after gay-rights and AIDS activists assailed her for saying Nancy Reagan helped start a "national conversation" about AIDS in the 1980s, when protesters were struggling to get more federal help in fighting the disease.<p>Clinton, one of two contenders for the …

Government

Taiwan Earthquake: More Than 100 Trapped Under One Building, At Least 18 Dead

More than 130 people were still trapped Sunday morning in the wreckage of a Taiwan apartment building that collapsed during a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Tainan the day before, officials said.<p>At daybreak Sunday, the Central Emergency Operation Center in Taipei said 18 people had been killed and …

Natural Disasters

Beijing says U.S. warship 'sabotaged the peace' by sailing near island in South China Sea

China strongly condemned the United States after a U.S. warship deliberately sailed near one of the Beijing-controlled islands in the hotly contested South China Sea to exercise freedom of navigation and challenge China's vast territorial claims.<p>The missile destroyer Curtis Wilbur sailed within 12 …

Taiwan president visits disputed Taiping island in South China Sea

Ma Ying-jeou ignores concerns from US and Philippines to board flight and ‘reaffirm sovereignity’ of isle in Spratlys<p>Taiwan’s president has flown to a disputed island in the South China Sea to reaffirm his country’s sovereignty, saying the trip was aimed at promoting peace.<p>Ma Ying-jeou’s one-day …

China

'British sniper investigated for not shouting warning in Iraq'

Veterans group expresses outrage at unlawful killing investigation despite fact that lethal shot prevented insurgent firing rocket propelled grenade at British base<p>A British sniper is being investigated for shooting dead an Iraqi insurgent preparing to fire a rocket propelled grenade because he did …

From childhood to nuclear tests, Kim Jong-un has always been 'erratic'

Sources inside the country say criticism of the leader by party cadres has increased in recent months. Daily NK reports<p>Kim Jong-un’s decision to carry out a fourth nuclear test regardless of international sanctions has drawn criticism from colleagues in the ruling party, sources inside the country …

North Korea

Taiwan elects pro-independence, first female president

Taiwan voters made history Saturday, electing pro-independence party candidate Tsai Ing-wen as the first female president of the country in a landslide victory.<p>In a speech following her win, Tsai, 59, of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said the election results showed “people want …

China

Dozens killed by Islamic State in 'massacre' in Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor

UK-based monitoring group claims 85 civilians have been killed while state media says as many as 300 died in Isis onslaught<p>An attack by Islamic State on the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor has left at least 85 civilians and 50 government troops dead, a monitoring group has said, with state media …

Middle East