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China says U.S. actions in S.China Sea 'irresponsible, dangerous'

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BEIJING - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. military plane flew over part of the South China Sea near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.

9:20am BST

Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from army - monitor

BEIRUT - Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, compounding recent setbacks for President Bashar al-Assad.

World, Syria, Middle East 10:17am BST

Saudi-led coalition steps up air strikes on Houthis in Yemen's Sanaa - residents

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CAIRO - Saudi-led warplanes extended air strikes on Iranian-backed Houthi militia in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, residents in the area said.

World, Yemen 9:49am BST

Myanmar says finds more than 200 Bangladeshis in boat offshore

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YANGON - Myanmar's navy found two boats, one carrying more than 200 Bangladeshis, the government said on Friday, after the military chief said some migrants landing in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are pretending to be Rohingya Muslims so they can get U.N. aid.

10:47am BST

Turkish police swoop on Erdogan foes, dozens detained - media

ISTANBUL - Turkish police launched an operation on Friday to detain dozens of people including businessmen perceived to be supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, President Tayyip Erdogan's ally-turned-foe, the Dogan news agency said.

10:06am BST

South Korea says North drops demand for wage hike at joint factory park

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SEOUL - North Korea has dropped a demand for a wage hike for its workers at the Kaesong factory park run jointly with Seoul, South Korea said on Friday, paving the way for talks to resolve the latest dispute over the zone.

9:40am BST

Al Shabaab attacks village in Kenya's Garissa

NAIROBI - Al Shabaab militants attacked a village in the northeastern Kenyan county of Garissa, the ministry of interior said on Friday.

World, Africa 7:49am BST

Shelling kills one worker at east Ukraine coke plant - Metinvest

KIEV - Ukraine's largest steel company, Metinvest, said on Friday one worker had been killed and two wounded after its Avdiyivka coke plant in east Ukraine was hit by heavy shelling, damaging the factory's equipment and transport infrastructure.

8:49am BST

Colombian army kills 18 Marxist rebels

BOGOTA - At least 18 Marxist rebel fighters were killed during an operation by Colombia's army on Thursday, in one of the most deadly confrontations since the guerrillas began peace talks with the government more than two years ago.

2:33am BST

Thu, May 21 2015

Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is publicly voicing confidence in Iraq’s prime minister in the fight against surging Islamic State militants, but privately some U.S. officials question whether he is too weak to bridge the sectarian divide.

World, Iraq, Middle East 21 May 2015