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China opposes U.S. naval patrols in South China Sea
China opposes U.S. naval patrols in South China Sea

China said on Tuesday it opposed action by other countries under the pretext of freedom of navigation that undermined its sovereignty, after a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group began patrols in the contested South China Sea. The U.S. navy said the strike group, including the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson, began "routine operations" in the South China Sea on Saturday amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway. "China always respects the freedom of navigation and overflight all countries enjoy under international law," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily news briefing.

Waitress evicts huge, pesky goanna that snuck into her restaurant
Waitress evicts huge, pesky goanna that snuck into her restaurant

What comes in, must go out. Especially if it's a massive goanna and it's in a restaurant.  Especially in the case of French waitress Samia Lila, who was tasked with evicting a pesky and rather large goanna which had snuck into a winery's restaurant on Sunday. SEE ALSO: Wild koala and dog hang out, proving that we really can all get along According to ABC News, Lila was serving diners at Mimosa Wines on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, when one of the customers pointed to a goanna on the deck.  "I couldn't believe it was a goanna. I thought it was big dog," Lila told the news outlet.  She bravely leapt into action, pulling the goanna by its tail out of the venue....

Congressman intends to sue over removal of painting
Congressman intends to sue over removal of painting

WASHINGTON (AP) - The office of a Missouri congressman says he intends to file a federal lawsuit over the removal of a constituent's painting from its display on Capitol Hill.

French far-right chief calls Assad solution to Syria crisis
French far-right chief calls Assad solution to Syria crisis

BEIRUT (AP) - French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen tried to raise her international profile and press her pro-Syria, pro-Christian stance with a visit to Lebanon on Monday, holding her first campaign meeting with a head of state.

After Trump comments, the reality of crime and migrants in Sweden
After Trump comments, the reality of crime and migrants in Sweden

US President Donald Trump's remarks over the weekend that Sweden is paying a high price for its generous asylum policy, including mention of a non-existent terror incident, have baffled Swedes. - What did Donald Trump say? "You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden.

Trump Boasts Accomplishments In First Month
Trump Boasts Accomplishments In First Month

The White House detailed its work over the last four weeks but avoided some of the controversies around the administration.

Defense Secretary Mattis Has No
Defense Secretary Mattis Has No 'Issues With The Press'

The Pentagon chief broke with the president's comments that the media is the "enemy of the American people."

ABC News
ABC News' Jonathan Karl: Free press is a big part of what makes America great

Jonathan Karl reflects on White House press relations throughout history.

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus Might Cost Close To $1,000
Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus Might Cost Close To $1,000

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 are expected to be ultra-premium devices with features such a 10nm processors and edge-to-edge displays.

Key dates in battle for Mosul
Key dates in battle for Mosul

Baghdad (AFP) - Iraqi government forces launched a major offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on October 17, 2016.

Top Asian News 4:29 a.m. GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A paranoid dictator's estranged brother. Two young female assassins. A crowded international airport. And a mysterious poison that kills within hours. It's the perfect recipe for a thrilling cloak-and-dagger spy novel. Except some - or possibly even all - of this tale could be true in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. And just like similar intriguing cases from the past, the public is hanging on to every detail because there's just something about murder by poison that captivates. "A gun announces its mischief; poison can sneak in with a sip of champagne," said Robert...

How to install the genius media app that Apple banned from the App Store
How to install the genius media app that Apple banned from the App Store

What is Kodi and why should one want to install on the iPhone or any other iOS device? It's a versatile media player that's already quite popular with the crowds. You may have used it on other devices back when it was called XBMC. Unfortunately, it's not the kind of application that Apple allows in the App Store, so you can't really enjoy it on iOS devices unless you're willing to jailbreak the phone, or pull off other tricks that would let you sideload the app. If you're looking to install Kodi on the iPhone 7 or any other kind of iOS device without jailbreaking, then you're in luck. It looks like such a method is already available. The method does work, and it's as shady as you can...

The internet is not happy with Trump
The internet is not happy with Trump's 'Southern White House'

Donald Trump has already referred to his club, Mar-a-Lago, as the "Winter White House," leading many to believe that his weekend trips to Florida would become a regular occurrence. In a tweet on Saturday, he called the club the "Southern White House" - and now people are even more convinced. On Twitter, critics are pointing out the already high cost of Trump's travels, particularly considering he frequently criticized President Obama for traveling. There's also the fact that dues at Mar-a-Lago just doubled to a cool $200,000 per year, making increased traffic at the resort profitable for Trump's business operation. And that's all separate from the security concerns....

Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugees
Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugees

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - At least 160,000 protesters marched Saturday in Barcelona to demand that Spain's conservative-led government increase its efforts to take in refugees from war-torn countries like Syria.

2 more South Sudan officials resign, alleging graft, bias

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Two top South Sudanese military officials have resigned while accusing the government of ethnic bias and corruption, the latest sign that President Salva Kiir is struggling to retain his coalition of support as the country's civil war continues under warnings of genocide.

'Before, Putin Was Unpredictable; Now It's Trump'

Well, that didn't last long. As President Donald Trump wrapped up his fourth week in office, the romance between him and Russian president Vladimir Putin seemed to have cooled suddenly. The week began with the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn amid revelations that he lied about his phone calls to the Russian ambassador. Then came reports that members of the Trump team had been in repeated contact with Russian intelligence agents. It ended with Vice Admiral Bob Harward declining to replace Flynn, and Trump giving a press conference in which he said his administration is "running like a fine-tuned machine;" toyed aloud with the idea of firing on a Russian spy ship in...

Trump exchange with black journalist sparks outrage
Trump exchange with black journalist sparks outrage

Many African-Americans are expressing outrage over a testy exchange between President Donald Trump and a veteran black journalist, with many considering the incident to be the latest indication of his inability to relate to them.

Pakistan cracks down on militants after IS shrine attack
Pakistan cracks down on militants after IS shrine attack

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A brutal attack on a beloved Sufi shrine that killed 88 people raised fears that the Islamic State group has become emboldened in Pakistan, aided by an army of homegrown militants benefiting from hideouts in neighboring Afghanistan, analysts and officials said Friday.

China
China's 'Left Behind' Children

Millions of Chinese children are being raised by their grandparents in rural China as their parents left to find work in urban areas. While there are no official figures, a recent government report puts the number of "left behind" children at nearly 10 million, though child welfare experts estimate the number to be closer to 60 million. In the case of the Luo family grandparents, who are elderly and poor, they do what they can to meet the basic needs of four children between the ages of 5 and 11.

Turkish shelling
Turkish shelling 'kills 9' in IS-held Syria town

Nine civilians were killed in overnight Turkish bombardment of a jihadist-held town in northern Syria, a monitor said on Friday, but Ankara said the shelling killed 13 "terrorists". Three women were among those killed in the artillery fire on Al-Bab, which Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have been fighting to take from the Islamic State group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "In the past 48 hours, Turkish air strikes and shelling have killed 45 civilians, including 18 children and 14 women," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Now I Get It: The role of the national security adviser
Now I Get It: The role of the national security adviser

In the wake of Michael Flynn's resignation as President Trump's national security adviser and the coming announcement of his replacement, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric takes a look at what that job entails and how some in history, from Henry Kissinger to Brent Scowcroft, have handled the role differently.

What Is Bernie Sanders
What Is Bernie Sanders' Net Worth?

Compared to President Donald Trump's net worth, Sanders' figures are a fraction but his net worth is still many times higher than that of any average American home.

Democrats Mock FBI Director James Comey With
Democrats Mock FBI Director James Comey With 'Designated Survivor' Resolution

Democrats are still upset at Comey's actions in waning days of the election campaign.

Woman arrested in killing of N. Korean leader
Woman arrested in killing of N. Korean leader's half brother

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysian police arrested a woman Wednesday in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's exiled half brother who South Korean spies say once begged his sibling to spare his life.

Five years ago, North Korean leader's brother pleaded for his life

By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - Five years ago, Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's ruler, pleaded with his younger sibling to spare his life, according to two lawmakers in South Korea. Kim Jong Nam, 46, died after an assault, possibly with poison, at an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Monday.

Myanmar activists fight for child servant rights
Myanmar activists fight for child servant rights

Thi Thi Nwe waited three days until the girl was left unguarded in her hospital bed to approach her, the first step in a months-long process highlighting the challenges of protecting child servants. "We are not afraid," said her colleague Win Win Maw, who is also working on the case.

What
What's your poison? A history of killing with chemistry

From the courtiers of Ancient Greece to Soviet spies and maybe now North Korean agents, poison has a long history as a weapon of murder, favoured by assassins for its stealthy delivery of the fatal blow. The killing of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader, at a Malaysian airport has revived fascination in the poisoner's methods. A would-be poisoner can choose from a catalogue of deadly chemicals, some of which are relatively easy to obtain.

Asian shares fall back as investors await comments by Yellen
Asian shares fall back as investors await comments by Yellen

TOKYO (AP) - Shares in Asia fell back after an early rally on Tuesday, as investors awaited comments to Congress by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. China's latest inflation data were equivocal, coming just after lunar new year holidays, and had little impact.

China blames US, South Korea for North Korea missile launch

China, facing criticism that it is not doing enough to pressure North Korea to drop its nuclear program, said Monday that the root cause of North Korean missile launches is Pyongyang's friction with the United States and South Korea. North Korea fired a banned ballistic missile on Sunday, its first test since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. The missile, launched as Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida, is believed to have flown about 500 kilometres (300 miles) before splashing down in international waters.

North Korean missile test may have been big step forward

Beyond the usual, lofty propaganda, North Korea's test of a new intermediate-range ballistic missile contains an important, potentially worrying development. The country's jubilant young dictator, Kim Jong Un, said the missile provides the country with another nuclear attack capability. Sunday's launch - the first major North Korean challenge for U.S. President Donald Trump - is drawing intense scrutiny from outside weapons experts because of North Korea's claim to have used solid fuel.

Peugeot buys iconic Indian car brand
Peugeot buys iconic Indian car brand

French car manufacturer Peugeot has bought India's most iconic car brand from its maker Hindustan Motors in a deal that signifies the passing of an era in India's motoring history. Over the weekend, the C.K. Birla Group that owns Hindustan Motors said it had signed an agreement with Peugeot SA to sell the Ambassador for 800 million rupees ($12 million). The hulking Ambassador sedan remained largely unchanged for more than five decades, ferrying India's elite, including prime ministers, visiting heads of states and celebrities.

Filipinos in Germany are most generous long-distance lovers

Filipinos in Germany may be far from home, but their loved ones are near to their hearts on Valentine's Day. Money transfer company WorldRemit analyzed remittances from Filipinos abroad and found those in Germany were the most generous, sending home on average $32.5 more than usual around Valentine's Day last year. Following closely were Filipinos in Norway who sent on average $24 more, and in New Zealand, who remitted on average $12.5 more during the week around Valentine's Day, compared to the amount they sent in the previous week.

Japanese PM Abe sees tougher U.S. stance on North Korea

The U.S. stance towards North Korea, which on Sunday test fired a ballistic missile, is likely to become tougher than before, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday. "I believe that the stance of the United States towards North Korea will become much tougher, that is clear," Abe said on a NHK public broadcasting news programme, after returning from meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump in the United States. Trump said the United States remained committed to Japan's security and that it was behind Japan "100 percent" in the aftermath of the missile launch, which occurred as Abe was wrapping up his visit.

Rights group says Pakistan has
Rights group says Pakistan has 'forced' mass Afghan refugee returns

By Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) - The number of Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan, already at the highest level in years, may increase this year if Pakistan maintains its forceful policies, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Last year, hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees left Pakistan, a 12-year-high that the rights group called the "world's largest unlawful mass forced return of refugees in recent times". Aid workers and Afghan officials worry that the returnees are coming back to a country in conflict and economic crisis, led by a government already struggling to maintain basic living standards.

India navy spurns homemade warplane, latest blow to Asia push for self reliance
India navy spurns homemade warplane, latest blow to Asia push for self reliance

By Sanjeev Miglani and Tommy Wilkes BENGALURU/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's navy is in the hunt for a new foreign fighter jet after rejecting an indigenously made aircraft as too heavy, the latest sign of the struggle to get Asian militaries to buy locally to grow their defense industries. The navy last month invited manufacturers to pitch for 57 planes for its aircraft carriers, a multi-billion dollar order the government had hoped would go to the state-run producers of India's Tejas, a combat aircraft 33 years in the making. India, South Korea, Taiwan and other Asian buyers are expected to intensify efforts this year to develop indigenous warplanes, military officials said,...

India navy spurns homemade warplane, latest blow to Asia push for self reliance
India navy spurns homemade warplane, latest blow to Asia push for self reliance

By Sanjeev Miglani and Tommy Wilkes BENGALURU/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's navy is in the hunt for a new foreign fighter jet after rejecting an indigenously made aircraft as too heavy, the latest sign of the struggle to get Asian militaries to buy locally to grow their defence industries. The navy last month invited manufacturers to pitch for 57 planes for its aircraft carriers, a multi-billion dollar order the government had hoped would go to the state-run producers of India's Tejas, a combat aircraft 33 years in the making. India, South Korea, Taiwan and other Asian buyers are expected to intensify efforts this year to develop indigenous warplanes, military officials said,...

Trudeau's China trip most expensive by a PM in past decade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's trip to China last year was the most expensive trip by a Canadian prime minister in a decade. According to figures obtained by CBC News, Trudeau's 10-day trip to Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong to attend the G20 summit and meet Chinese business and political leaders cost Canadian taxpayers $1.8 million. Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's six-day trip in 2014 to Hong Kong and Beijing, which cost $1.7 million, was the second highest tab for prime ministerial trips in the past 10 years.

Olympic sports roundup: Canadian gold rush

It was a jam-packed weekend of high-performance sport around the world, including gold medals for Canadians in sports ranging from big air snowboarding to ski cross to the high jump. Snowboarder Mark McMorris had a weekend to remember in Quebec. McMorris edged defending champion and fellow Canadian Max Parrot for the gold medal in big air on Saturday, while he was runner-up to teammate Sebastien Toutant in slopestyle on Sunday.

China upset at disputed islands mention in Japan-U.S. meeting
China upset at disputed islands mention in Japan-U.S. meeting

China's Foreign Ministry expressed concern on Monday after Japan got continued U.S. backing for its dispute with Beijing over islands in the East China Sea during a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. A joint Japanese-U.S. statement after the weekend meeting in the United States said the two leaders affirmed that Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan security treaty covered the islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

Some China cities close poultry markets amid bird flu fears
Some China cities close poultry markets amid bird flu fears

Several Chinese cities have shut down their poultry markets in the wake of a bird flu outbreak that has killed at least two dozen people this year across China. Live poultry sales have now been suspended in Changsha, the capital of central China's Hunan province, as well as markets across the eastern province of Zhejiang, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday, as authorities deal with dozens of new cases of H7N9 bird flu. Nearly 300 markets and slaughterhouses were shut down in the southwestern Chinese city of Suining, where authorities are also cracking down on unauthorized poultry businesses.

Embattled national security adviser
Embattled national security adviser's fate uncertain

Embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn's fate as one of President Donald Trump's senior aides is uncertain following reports that he discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian envoy before Trump's inauguration. A top White House official sidestepped repeated chances Sunday to publicly defend him. Pence and Flynn spoke twice on Friday, according to an administration official.

Tibetan PM-in-exile hopes for friendly US ties under Trump

TOKYO (AP) - The prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile says he has high expectations for President Donald Trump to maintain friendly relations with Tibet, as Trump's predecessors have.

Roadside bomb kills 3 paramilitary soldiers in NW Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan's military says a roadside bomb attack has killed three paramilitary soldiers in the South Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border.

Asian stock markets gain after Wall Street hits record high
Asian stock markets gain after Wall Street hits record high

Asian stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street hit a new high and a meeting between President Donald Trump and Japan's prime minister appeared to soothe tensions over trade and currency. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.5 per cent to 3,212.94 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index gained 0.4 per cent to 19,459.15. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.5 per cent to 23,701.32 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 rose 0.7 per cent to 5,760.70.

Japan logs 1 percent growth in 2016 as private demand stalls
Japan logs 1 percent growth in 2016 as private demand stalls

Japan's economy expanded at a steadily slowing pace in 2016, though a modest recovery in exports helped offset sluggish spending by households and businesses, according to data reported Monday. The 1.0 ...

Bangladesh 5 wickets down on final day against India
Bangladesh 5 wickets down on final day against India

HYDERABAD, India (AP) - Bangladesh reached 202-5 at lunch on day five of the one-off test against India in Hyderabad on Monday.

The new civics course in schools: How to avoid fake news
The new civics course in schools: How to avoid fake news

Teachers from elementary school through college are telling students how to distinguish between factual and fictional news - and why they should care that there's a difference. As Facebook works with The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and other organizations to curb the spread of fake and misleading news on its influential network, teachers say classroom instruction can play a role in deflating the kind of "Pope endorses Trump " headlines that muddied the waters during the 2016 presidential campaign. "I think only education can solve this problem," said Pat Winters Lauro, a professor at Kean University in New Jersey who began teaching a course on news literacy...

Indian Nobel laureate relieved after peace medal replica found
Indian Nobel laureate relieved after peace medal replica found

India's 2014 Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi has expressed his relief and gratitude to police for recovering a replica of his prize medal that was stolen last week from his home in the capital New Delhi. Police confirmed that they had recovered the replica and other items from Satyarthi's home, and arrested three brothers suspected of carrying out the burglary. Satyarthi's Nobel citation was still missing but the investigating team believed it would be recovered soon, a deputy commissioner of police in the Indian capital told Reuters on Monday.

UN Security Council meeting sought over NKorea missile test
UN Security Council meeting sought over NKorea missile test

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of - The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested urgent diplomatic talks at the United Nations on Monday over North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch, with Seoul condemning what it called "serious military and security threats" and predicting more such tests. A spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said Sunday night that the meeting is expected to take place Monday. The U.N. Mission for Ukraine, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency, later confirmed that closed consultations on North Korea will take place late Monday afternoon.

Australia's Endeavour Energy attracts at least three indicative offers - sources

By Jamie Freed SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian state-owned power grid Endeavour Energy has attracted indicative offers from at least three bidding groups comprised of local and foreign investors, according to sources involved in the process. The offers for a majority stake in the utility, which is expected to fetch at least A$4 billion ($3.07 billion), are not binding and final prices will not be provided by bidders until due diligence is completed, four sources told Reuters. The sources, who confirmed the involvement of three consortiums led by Macquarie Group , Queensland Investment Corp and Hastings Funds Management respectively, declined to be named for reasons of client confidentiality.

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