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Stop spy flights, China warns the U.S.

China has warned the United States to end its military surveillance flights near Chinese territory, rejecting claims by Washington that a Chinese fighter jet made several "dangerous" and "unprofessional" passes at a U.S. Navy plane last week.<p>The U.S. should take "concrete measures" towards ending …

Opinion: Japanese PM Abe scores another own goal on history

Here at an international gathering of Japan specialists currently underway in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the actions of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in honoring his country's war criminals have come in for sharp criticism.<p>Nobody attending the European Association of Japanese Studies conference …

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

<b>1. A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck 50 miles northeast of San Francisco early Sunday.</b> The biggest quake to hit the region in 25 years injured hundreds and led to multiple fires.<p><b>2. Burger King is in talks to buy Canadian doughnut and coffee chain Tim Horton's, The Wall Street Journal first …

Pakistan cleric at rally warns of 48-hour deadline

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani cleric leading a mass anti-government rally in front of parliament issued a 48-hour deadline Monday for the country's …

Top U.S. General Cautions Against Hitting ISIS in Syria

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday that he would recommend against American airstrikes on ISIS in Syria because there is no evidence that ISIS is involved in “active plotting against the homeland” or Europe.<p>In remarks to reporters aboard a U.S. military …

Obama back in DC amid crises, as if he never left

WASHINGTON (AP) — While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, "What is it about August?"<p>Indeed, this sultry month …

Ukraine border guards clash with rebels near Russian border: military

MINSK (Reuters) - Divided by mistrust and mutual recriminations, the Russian and Ukrainian leaders will hold rare talks on Tuesday that offer only a slim hope of progress towards ending five months of separatist war in Ukraine.<p>Since Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko last met on June 6 in France, …

Islamic State captures key Syrian air base

Fighters from the Islamic State group have taken over an air base in northeast Syria, capturing it from government forces after fighting that cost more than 500 lives, a monitoring group and state media have said.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a London-based monitoring group, said …

Nigerian town seized by Boko Haram 'part of Islamic caliphate', leader says

A town in the north east of Nigeria is under an 'Islamic caliphate', according to Boko Haram's leader which the Nigerian military denies<p>Boko Haram's leader said a town in the north east of Nigeria seized by the insurgents earlier this month has been placed under an Islamic caliphate, in a video …

Dalai Lama: 'Hope for the best - prepare for the worst' | DW | 31.08.2014

<i>DW: Your Holiness, China is becoming more powerful</i><i>,</i> <i>both economically and politically. Beijing is also using its power to increasingly isolate you –</i> …

Heading to a third Iraq War? The scary new danger of mission creep in the Middle East

As sick as the James Foley tragedy makes me feel, increasing the presence of U.S. soldiers there is not the answer<p>I haven't watched the video of James Foley's beheading, nor will I. Like Foley, I'm a freelance reporter -- though with neither his well-deserved stature nor humbling courage -- and a …

India swaps ice for rice in new bucket challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has morphed into a considerably warmer and drier alternative in India.<p>Enter the "Rice Bucket Challenge."<p>Indian journalist Manju Latha Kalanidhi, who works for the U.S.-based rice research website Oryza.com, says when she first heard about the ice bucket challenge, she …

U.S. Furious After Chinese Fighter Jet Does Barrel Roll Over American Aircraft

The United States has formally complained to Beijing over an aerial maneuver conducted by a Chinese fighter jet over international airspace, with the …

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China executes Tiananmen Square 'attackers'

China has executed eight people for alleged "terrorist" attacks across the country, including three who "masterminded" a car crash in the capital Beijing's Tiananmen Square last year, state media has said.<p>The official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that the eight were involved in several cases …

China uses Deng's birth date to glorify Xi

China has seized Friday's 110th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's birth to highlight similarities between President Xi Jinping and the paramount leader who set the country on the road to economic prosperity while crushing dissent.<p>A heavyweight official biography of Deng was published this week, and …

The trouble with Abenomics

Optimism in Japan suddenly seems very short lived.

Could the lingua franca approach to learning break Japan's English curse?

According to EF Education First’s English Proficiency Index for 2013, English ability among Japanese is flat-lining — and may even be falling — …

Iraq conflict: UN warns of possible Amerli 'massacre'

<b>The UN has called for action to prevent what it says may be a possible massacre in the northern Iraqi town of Amerli.</b><p>Special representative Nickolay Mladenov says he is "seriously alarmed" by reports regarding the conditions in which the town's residents live.<p>Amerli, under siege by Islamic State …

U.S. Aims to Root Out 'Ungoverned Spaces' as Hotbeds of Terrorism

The maps don't show it, but two new "countries" have emerged in the last 15 months.<p>The first, a porous zone extending 400 miles from the suburbs of Baghdad to the town of Raqqa in central Syria, is the so-called Islamic State caliphate established by ISIS, a place where transgressions of sharia law …

Iraqis must rise above their differences to rout terrorists

<i>Joe Biden is vice president of the United States.</i><p>In recent months, the terrorist group known within the U.S. government as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has seized significant territory inside Iraq, exploiting sectarian divisions and political mistrust that sapped the strength of …

10 Western companies getting slammed in Russia

Name brand American and European conglomerates are feeling the impact from the turmoil in Russia.<p>Many are reporting slower Russian sales and, in some cases, store closures as the Ukraine-Russia conflict drags on. Some have seen their share price get pummeled since the start of the year.<p>Cold …

Obama again faces tug of military action in Syria

China calls US accusations over flight intercept 'groundless'

China's Defense Ministry has denied U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft.<p>Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun called the U.S. accusations "groundless" in a statement issued Saturday night. Yang said the Chinese pilot …

Legalizing Weed Is ‘A Security Issue,' Says Uruguayan President

Uruguay’s trailblazing legislation legalizing the world’s first government-controlled weed market “began essentially as a security issue,” President José Mujica told The Economist magazine in an interview published Thursday.<p>Mujica has continued to defend the legislation, which he spearheaded as …

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Draghi says ECB ready to adjust policy if inflation drops further

JACKSON HOLE Wyo (Reuters) - The European Central Bank is prepared to respond with all its “available” tools should inflation in the euro zone drop further, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Friday in remarks that opened the door to possible policy action in September.<p>European Central Bank (ECB) …