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US vows to help Japan defend status quo as China air defence row escalates

The US and Japan will work together to prevent any attempt by China to change the status quo in the Asia-Pacific region, the US vice-president, Joe Biden, has said, on a visit to north-east Asia.<p>His comments came at the start of a week-long trip that will be dominated by rising tensions between …

Thai Anti-Government Protesters Claim 'Partial Victory'

Anti-government protesters in Thailand are claiming a symbolic victory Tuesday after police allowed them to swarm into the prime minister's compound and shout slogans.<p>The protests began Nov. 24 but turned violent two days ago when police clashed with demonstrators opposed to the government of Prime …

US airlines advised to comply with China defense zone

As tensions flare over Beijing’s newly declared air defense zone, U.S. airlines are being advised by the U.S. government to comply with China’s demand that it be told of any flights passing through the disputed area.<p>China announced last week that all aircraft entering the zone over the East China …

The Iranian Nuclear Deal Is A Good One

This Thanksgiving had an extra reason to be thankful – the new deal between Iran and six superpowers. Last week, the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China (the P5+1 group) reached an interim deal with Iran to stop their nuclear weapons program. Four key provisions were …

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Search continues for American missing for weeks in Slovenia<p>Heat wave across Europe<p>Investigators hope to find answers in Mexico plane crash<p>People …

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Search continues for American missing for weeks in Slovenia<p>Heat wave across Europe<p>Investigators hope to find answers in Mexico plane crash<p>People …

Deadly gun battles erupt in Lebanon's Tripoli

Clashes between neighbourhoods backing rival sides in Syria's war leave six people dead and 30 injured, officials say.<p>At least six people have been killed in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli in exchanges of gunfire between neighbourhoods backing rival sides in Syria's civil war, security and …

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Islamic Extremists Alter Dynamics In Syria's War Civil

The extremists have emerged as the best armed and financed opposition to the regime of Bashar Assad — eclipsing the opposition groups favored by the West. The surge is having a profound impact along the Turkish border with Syria.<p>Transcript<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:<p>We're gonna take a look now at the …

Pakistan army welcomes new head General Raheel Sharif

In a ceremony full of pomp in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, General Ashfaq Kayani has handed over the reins as the country's army chief.<p>It is one of the most important roles in South Asia in terms of regional stability, and many observers await to see how his successor General Raheel Sharif …

US commander in Afghanistan apologises for Helmand drone strike

The United States has moved to end the tense standoff with Afghan president Hamid Karzai over his refusal to sign a security pact between the two countries by formally apologising for a US drone strike in Helmand province that killed a toddler and injured two women.<p>The apology was delivered in a …

Libya still plagued by violence

Kerry meets UK foreign secretary and Libyan prime minister to discuss rise armed groups in Libya since fall of Gaddafi.<p>US Secretary of State John Kerry has met the British Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan in London to discuss the security situation in …

China-Japan airspace rift deepens

Each country summons the other's ambassador over China's 'very dangerous' plan to police airspace over disputed islands.<p>Beijing has summoned the Japanese ambassador and Tokyo has summoned the Chinese ambassador amid an escalating dispute between the two countries over China's imposition of strict …

Deaths as Libya army and militia clash

At least nine are killed and 47 wounded in Benghazi as tensions deepen between government and armed groups.<p>Clashes between Libyan troops and an armed group in the eastern city of Benghazi have killed at least nine people and wounded at least 47 during a military operation, the interior ministry …

Israel approves new settlements in West Bank

Watchdog organisation warns plan could 'derail' Middle East peace process, as talks remain at an impasse.<p>Israeli authorities have green-lighted the construction of 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank.<p>Israel's Defence Ministry said on Monday it had approved a planning stage for the …

Thai protesters besiege more ministries

Demonstrators surround government buildings, as Thai court issues warrant for top protest leader.<p>Thousands of protesters have surrounded Thailand's Interior Ministry and forced the evacuation of four others in an escalating campaign to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government.<p>The …

Syrian rebels rule out peace talks ceasefire

Free Syrian Army commander Salim Idriss vows no let-up in combat during world powers' conference in Geneva.<p>The Free Syrian Army will shun the planned Geneva peace conference and pursue its fight to topple President Bashar al-Assad regardless, the rebels' commander has said.<p>The stance of the FSA's …

US planes defy China air defence zone

Two B-52s reported to have flown over disputed area of South China Sea, ignoring China's instructions for prior warning.<p>Two US B-52 bombers are reported to have flown over an area of the East China Sea inside China's expanded "air defence zone" without notifying China.<p>The unarmed aircraft took off …

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Central African Republic 'descending into chaos' - UN

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1025000/1025083_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534473840_d3142ad3ccabd247cdfcac7caef33703<p><b>The Central African Republic (CAR) is descending into "complete chaos", the UN deputy secretary general has warned, calling for urgent action.</b><p>Jan …

Iran and Hezbollah refuse to retaliate after deadly suicide attacks in Beirut

Rescue workers had barely finished clearing the debris from outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut last week, when those who had been targeted gave their first decree.<p>There were to be no recriminations, Iranian and Hezbollah senior officials told their rank and file, hours after . Nor was there to …

Egypt police clash with protesters in Cairo

Ten constitution panel members stop work over anti-crackdown rally arrests, after planning December referendum.<p>Ten members of the panel drafting Egypt's new constitution have suspended work after authorities arrested protesters and fired warning shots, water cannons and tear gas at Cairo …

Have UK businesses missed the train in Ethiopia?

<b>Across the Ethiopian countryside 2,000km (1,243 miles) of railway is being built, the first phase of an endeavour to create a new 5,000km network.</b><p>Currently no British companies are involved, despite Ethiopia approaching the UK for assistance at the start, and the project being constructed according …

Champ of the Camp: The X Factor in Dubai's labour camps

When international media descended on Dubai's labour camps in 2008, aiming to expose the plight of the city's construction workers, there was one thing they didn't report on: Camp Ka Champ, the X-Factor-meets-Bollywood knock-out singing competition, then already in its second year.<p>The contest, …

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour signs 'anti-protest law'

Egypt's interim president, Adly Mansour, has enacted a new protest law that rights groups say will severely curtail freedom of assembly, and could prohibit the kinds of mass demonstrations that forced presidents Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi from power.<p>The law will force would-be protesters to …

Yemen 'Gangnam' wedding dance turns deadly

Gunman loses control of AK-47 while firing celebratory salvo at wedding, killing two men dancing to Korean pop song.<p>A Yemeni wedding ended in disaster after a guest firing celebratory shots in the air with his AK-47 accidentally killed two men while they were dancing to song "Gangnam Style", …

Iran nuclear deal shows US is now prepared to act independently of allies

It is too early to tell whether the Geneva nuclear agreement heralds a genuinely new phase in the tangled and troubled web of relations between the west and the Middle East. But initial reactions suggest it is a big deal – and one that has the potential at least, over time, to change the status quo …