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Spratly Islands

Singapore’s ambassador to China on Tuesday accused a major state-run Chinese newspaper of fabricating a report about Singapore’s position on the South China Sea, but the paper stuck by its story. The Global Times said on Sept. 21...

By James Richards on Sep 28th, 2016
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not run for president in next year’s Iranian election, he said on Tuesday, bowing to the wishes of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who warned his candidacy would increase divisions in Iran. “In carrying...

By James Richards on Sep 28th, 2016
Vladimir Putin / Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is betting that close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s economic woes and regional concerns about China’s rise will help him make progress in a decades-old territorial row when...

By Jaime Charles on Sep 28th, 2016
Ban Ki-Moon

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attacks on the two largest hospitals in rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo as “war crimes.” His comments came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to cut...

By Andrew Kirk on Sep 28th, 2016
Riek Machar

South Sudan’s government urged Sudan and regional states on Tuesday not to let opposition leader Riek Machar launch a new rebellion, after he threatened a return to the battlefield unless demands needed to revive a peace deal were met. Machar...

By Claire Hirschman on Sep 28th, 2016
Afghan Soldiers

As many as 12 Afghan soldiers were killed in their sleep by comrades in an outpost near the northern city of Kunduz, an official said on Tuesday, in the latest so-called “insider attack”. Two soldiers with suspected links to the...

By Oliver Ingram on Sep 28th, 2016

Two executives of luxury group LVMH were held for questioning by French police on Tuesday in connection with an investigation into influence-peddling in which two former police chiefs are also being questioned, a source close to the matter...

By Jaime Charles on Sep 27th, 2016
Face Veil Ban

Switzerland’s lower house of parliament narrowly backed a ban on face veils on Tuesday, echoing moves by neighboring France and other European nations to tighten controls in the wake of Islamist militant attacks. The plan by right-wing...

By Carl Holmes on Sep 27th, 2016