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Tensions over China’s island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy.

New satellite imagery shows China has built infrastructure covering 72 acres in the Spratly and Paracel islands during 2017 to equip its larger outposts to be air and naval bases.

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The European Union cleared the way for Brexit talks with the United Kingdom to move onto the second stage, but it warned that the discussions on trade and other matters relating to their future relationship will be “dramatically difficult.”

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The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules December 14, lifting restrictions on internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT

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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a UN call to stop the production of ballistic missiles even as it complies with the nuclear deal with six world powers.

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International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar’s security forces.

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  • WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

As firefighters scrambled to contain the massive wildfires that have raged in Southern California since December 4, the flames have already damaged two of the state’s most important crops.

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A new report from a global conservation group revealed grave threats to animals and plants due to loss of habitat and unsustainable farming and fisheries practices.

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In less than two months, many thousands will flock to Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The location is just 50 miles from the North Korean border.

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The bodies of 14 United Nations peacekeepers killed last week in eastern Congo arrived home in Tanzania on December 11, as a UN official vowed military offenses will be launched against rebels who carried out the attack.

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Tens of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians attended a Hezbollah rally in Beirut on December 11, where the militant group’s leader vowed to return its focus to Israel after years of fighting in Syria’s civil war.

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President Donald Trump wants to send man back to the moon—and on to Mars.

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Scientists are now editing DNA with high hopes of healing every disease. The techniques are rapidly advancing and incredibly promising—but the ethics are murky.

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The leaders of France and Israel sparred verbally on December 10 over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while new violence rippled across the region following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory against “terrorists” in Syria during a surprise visit on December 11 to a Russian military base in the country, where he also announced a partial pullout of Russian troops.

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A man with a pipe bomb strapped to his body with Velcro and zip ties set off the device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring him and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.

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Across from the elegant Millennium Biltmore hotel, Moi Williams, 59, reclines on his side, resting on an elbow on concrete steps leading to a park in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

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Millions of coywolves—coyote-wolf hybrids—are spreading rapidly across the American East.

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North Korea says a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it continued to lash out at a massive joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea involving hundreds of advanced warplanes.

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Hundreds of thousands of people are estimated to be illegally detained every year by hospitals in poor countries worldwide, according to a new study attempting to quantify the problem, which experts describe as a major violation of human rights.

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Millennials are worried about their futures in a free market society, leading them to increasingly gravitate toward socialist ideology.

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Britain and the European Union hammered out a deal early Friday that allows Brexit talks to finally move on to the all-important issues of trade and the future relationship between the two. Although many of the toughest issues remain unresolved, few people will be more relieved at the long-sought UK-EU deal than British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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If it seems the obesity crisis is bad now, it is about to get worse. According to a new Harvard University study, more than 57 percent of children will be obese by the time they turn 35.

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The question of whether to keep the internet freely accessible is one of the most important issues in our modern, technology-driven society. You need to understand both sides of this complicated topic.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Ukraine was the sole sticking point keeping the United States and Russia from forging a closer relationship, suggesting that all other disputes were secondary.

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  • AFRICA

Some knelt and placed their foreheads to the ground in prayer. Several carried small children. After being stranded in Libya on a failed attempt to reach Europe, more than 400 Nigerian migrants were brought home and began sharing stories of abuse and fear.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin declared his intention Wednesday to seek re-election next year, a vote he appears certain to win and that would set him up to become the nation’s longest-serving ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

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“The Silence Breakers”—those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment—have been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Numerous women have spoken out publicly since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports.

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