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China defies U.S. call to stop island project

China defies U.S. call to stop island project

China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip

Obama to Republican critics on immigration: 'Pass a bill'

Obama to Republican critics on immigration:

U.S. President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don't like it, do something

U.S. troops to remain in Baltics, Poland next year

U.S. troops to remain in Baltics, Poland next year

The United States will keep troops in Poland and the Baltic states for at least the next year as tensions with Russia remain, the commander of U.S. land forces in Europe said on Sunday

Iran nuclear talks expected to reconvene next month

Iran nuclear talks expected to reconvene next month

Iran and six world powers are expected to adjourn nuclear negotiations on Monday and reconvene next month after the latest round of talks failed to clinch a final deal, a source close to the talks said

Sudan govt, Darfur rebels start talks in Ethiopia

Sudan govt, Darfur rebels start talks in Ethiopia

Representatives of the government of Sudan and militant groups in the western Sudanese region of Darfur on Sunday started peace talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, amid hopes of achieving cease-fire and a comprehensive political settlement in the region

India names special envoy for China border talks

India names special envoy for China border talks

India on Monday named its powerful national security adviser as a special envoy on China, opening the way for resumption of talks on the disputed border, where tensions have risen in recent months over border patrols and stiffer defences

Tensions persist in Ferguson ahead of grand jury ruling

Tensions persist in Ferguson ahead of grand jury ruling

As the city of St. Louis, Missouri braces itself for a grand jurys decision regarding potential charges against a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager, the tensions in the city remains palpable as apprehensions ahead of the ruling persist

Merkel ally warns SPD against Russia diplomacy

Merkel ally warns SPD against Russia diplomacy

A senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned the foreign minister and his fellow Social Democrats (SPD) against pursuing a more friendly approach towards Russia in the Ukraine crisis, according to Spiegel magazine

S. Sudan, Egypt to ink cooperation pacts

S. Sudan, Egypt to ink cooperation pacts

A South Sudanese minister said on Saturday that his country would sign several cooperation pacts with Egypt later in the day on the sidelines of the visit of the country's President Salva Kiir to Cairo

US announces an additional $135m for Syrian refugees

US announces an additional $135m for Syrian refugees

Vice President Joe Biden announced nearly $135 million in additional humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees while in Istanbul on Saturday