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Chinese premier congratulates Sri Lanka on anniversary of independence - Xinhua

BEIJING, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday sent a message to his Sri Lankan counterpart, Ranil Wickremesinghe, to congratulate …

China’s biggest ally in the South China Sea? A volcano in the Philippines

On June 15, 1991, an otherwise unremarkable mountain in the Philippines blew its top. And with that massive eruption, Mount Pinatubo became an unlikely actor that profoundly shaped today’s South China Sea power contest.<p>Right in the line of fire of the volcanic eruption, just 9 miles (14.5 km) away, …


193 nations urge action to protect oceans _ with US protest

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 U.N. member nations issued an urgent call for action Friday to reverse the decline in the health and productivity of the world's oceans — with the United States backing the action plan but rejecting its support for the Paris agreement to tackle climate change.<p>Ministers …

Sea Level

Obama tells Putin to stop hitting opposition forces in Syria

<b>Rancho Mirage, California (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his air campaign against Syrian opposition forces during a phone call Saturday, the White House said, a day after Putin's deputy described relations between Moscow and Washington sinking to Cold …

Middle East