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Risking Beijing's ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 6:46 PM | Lincoln Feast and Greg Torode, Exclusive for Reuters

Search resumes after Indonesian quake; death toll passes 100 Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 7:49 PM | Reuters | Nurdin Hasan, Agence France-Presse

On 75th anniversary, US veterans recall Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 1:42 AM | Dana Feldman and Hugh Gentry, Reuters

S. Korea parliament votes to impeach scandal-hit President Park 4:04 pm | Agence France-Presse South Korean lawmakers pass an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-Hye, stripping away her sweeping executive powers over a corruption scandal that has paralyzed her administration and triggered massive street protests.

Minister: \ Minister: 'Unnatural' for Mexican military to fight drug trafficking 3:35 pm | Agence France-Presse Mexico's defense minister complains: 'We didn't ask to be here. We don't like it. We…

TRUE HERO |  John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95 TRUE HERO | John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95 8:55 am | Will Dunham, Reuters John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American…

Britain facing \ Britain facing 'unprecedented' terror threat: spy chief 6:45 am | Agence France-Presse Britain faces an 'unprecedented' terror threat that will not subside until the Syrian civil war…

Impeachment day for S. Korea\ Impeachment day for S. Korea's president 6:35 am | Agence France-Presse South Korean President Park Geun-Hye woke Friday to what could effectively be her final day…

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Duterte leads groundbreaking of P4.8-B Bicol International Airport Duterte leads groundbreaking of P4.8-B Bicol International Airport President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday led the groundbreaking for the long-delayed P4.8-billion Bicol International Airport (BIA) project in Barangay Alobo in Daraga town, Albay province.

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No casualties after 6.2 magnitude quake hits China’s Xinjiang 12:31 am | Philippines News Agency | Xinhua No casualties after 6.2 magnitude quake hits China’s XinjiangNo casualties have been reported since a magnitude-6.2 earthquake jolted Hutubi County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

South Korea parliament introduces bill to impeach Park Geun-hye; vote due Friday 9:07 pm | Jack Kim and Ju-min Park, Reuters South Korea parliament introduces bill to impeach Park Geun-hye; vote due FridaySouth Korea's parliament introduced a bill on Thursday to impeach President Park Geun-hye, setting the stage for a historic vote to oust the embattled leader engulfed in an influence-peddling scandal.

Search resumes after Indonesian quake; death toll passes 100 7:49 pm | Reuters | Nurdin Hasan, Agence France-Presse Search resumes after Indonesian quake; death toll passes 100Rescue efforts resumed in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday after a strong earthquake killed more than 100 people, while medical teams struggled to treat the hundreds of injured as supplies trickled slowly into the area.

Risking Beijing's ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef 6:46 pm | Lincoln Feast and Greg Torode, Exclusive for Reuters Risking Beijing\Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows, the latest move by the Communist state to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway.

New Zealand passport robot mistakes eyes of man of Asian descent as 'closed' 11:11 am | Reuters New Zealand passport robot mistakes eyes of man of Asian descent as \A New Zealand man of Asian descent had his passport photograph rejected when facial recognition software mistakenly registered his eyes as being closed.

Dozens, including women and children, killed in west Iraq air strike - medics, lawmakers 10:41 am | Reuters Dozens, including women and children, killed in west Iraq air strike - medics, lawmakersAir strikes killed dozens of people, including many women and children, in an Islamic State-held town near Iraq's western border with Syria on Wednesday, two parliamentarians and local hospital sources said.

2 juveniles charged with arson for Tennessee wildfires that killed 14 9:26 am | Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters 2 juveniles charged with arson for Tennessee wildfires that killed 14Two juveniles were charged with arson on Wednesday in connection with the eastern Tennessee wildfires that broke out last month in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in which 14 people died, officials said.

Rebels seek ceasefire as Syrian army moves closer to retaking Aleppo 8:05 am | Lisa Barrington and Tom Perry, Reuters Rebels seek ceasefire as Syrian army moves closer to retaking AleppoSyrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow.

Trump names homeland security, environment chiefs, envoy to China 7:32 am | Richard Cowan, Reuters Trump names homeland security, environment chiefs, envoy to ChinaUS President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday picked a fossil fuel industry defender as his top environmental official, another retired general as homeland security chief and Iowa's governor as US ambassador to China in choices at odds with some of his recent pronouncements.

Indonesian military chief warns: IS building base in Mindanao 2:24 am | News5 Indonesian military chief warns: IS building base in MindanaoThe Indonesian military has warned that the Islamic State group is establishing a base in Mindanao from where it can launch attacks in Indonesia.

On 75th anniversary, US veterans recall Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 1:42 am | Dana Feldman and Hugh Gentry, Reuters On 75th anniversary, US veterans recall Japanese attack on Pearl HarborIt has been 75 years but US Navy veteran James Leavelle can still recall watching with horror as Japanese warplanes rained bombs on his fellow sailors in the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into World War Two.

Thailand to investigate BBC over profile of new king: minister 12:26 am | Reuters Thailand to investigate BBC over profile of new king: ministerThailand's defense minister said on Wednesday authorities will investigate the BBC on suspicion of insulting the monarchy in connection with a Thai-language profile of the new king that has stirred social media anger.