TODAY'S WORLD HEADLINES

Southeast Asian nations back halt to land reclamation in South China Sea 04-Aug-15, 11:49 PM | Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Trinna Leong, Reuters

Major US airlines end trophy hunter shipments after Cecil outcry 05-Aug-15, 1:14 AM | Suzannah Gonzales and Jeffrey Dastin, Reuters

Myanmar appeals for international assistance for flood relief 05-Aug-15, 12:42 AM | Timothy McLaughlin, Reuters

Israel rounds up suspected Jewish extremists after baby burned 05-Aug-15, 4:08 AM | Majeda el-Batsh, Agence France-Presse

Japan's Abe calls for probe into WikiLeaks claims of US spying 1:55 pm | Agence France-Presse Japanese leader Shinzo Abe told US Vice President Joe Biden he would have 'serious concerns' if WikiLeaks claims Washington spied on Japanese politicians were true, and called for an investigation, a top official said Wednesday.

THE ATOM BOMB | Seventy years on, few Americans regret Enola Gay\ THE ATOM BOMB | Seventy years on, few Americans regret Enola Gay's mission 1:43 pm | Robert Macpherson, Agence France-Presse The Enola Gay was on its long flight back to its Pacific island base when…

France \ France 'concerned' about death row Iranian juvenile offender 11:47 am | Agence France-Presse France said Monday it was concerned about the fate of an Iranian juvenile offender who…

US\ US' Kerry, China's Wang discuss South China Sea tensions 11:05 am | David Brunnstrom, Reuters (UPDATE - 1:17 p.m.) Tensions in the disputed South China Sea took center-stage in talks…

For the first time, Israel uses detention without trial on Jewish extremist For the first time, Israel uses detention without trial on Jewish extremist 10:56 am | Majeda el-Batsh and Laurent Lozano, Agence France-Presse Israel on Tuesday used a controversial decades-old form of detention without trial on an alleged…

Photojournalist's murder in Mexico City deepens threatened journalists' fears 9:55 am | Yemeli Ortega, Agence France-Presse Photojournalist\Mexico City was once seen as an island of refuge in one of the world's most dangerous countries for reporters, but the brutal killing of a prominent photojournalist has shattered that image.

Japan heat wave kills 25, hospitalizes nearly 11,700 within 1 week 9:42 am | Philippines News Agency | Sputnik Japan heat wave kills 25, hospitalizes nearly 11,700 within 1 weekNearly 11,700 have been hospitalized and 25 have died from heat stroke due to a major heat wave over the past week, officials reported Tuesday.

US-trained Syrian rebels captured by al Qaeda wing - Pentagon 9:21 am | Phil Stewart, Reuters US-trained Syrian rebels captured by al Qaeda wing - PentagonThe United States said on Tuesday it had indications that Syrian rebels trained by the US military were captured by fighters from al Qaeda's Syria wing, Nusra Front, in the latest blow to a fledgling program at the center of America's war strategy.

Polluted air raises risk of developing dementia - Sweden research 8:51 am | Philippines News Agency | Xinhua Polluted air raises risk of developing dementia - Sweden researchSwedish researchers have uncovered a direct link between polluted air and dementia, local media reported on Tuesday.

Rio's polluted waters will be fine by Olympics 2016 - IOC 8:03 am | Agence France-Presse Rio\Rio's polluted waters where Olympic sailing will take place next year will be in good shape by the time the Games start, IOC President Thomas Bach said Tuesday.

Pope to lead Havana mass next to Che Guevara portrait 7:01 am | Agence France-Presse Pope to lead Havana mass next to Che Guevara portraitWorkers in Cuba have begun building the altar where Pope Francis will deliver mass during a landmark visit next month, placing it just to the left of a giant image of Che Guevara.

PHOTO | China breaks India's record for largest umbrella 6:44 am | Philippines News Agency | PTI PHOTO | China breaks India\A giant umbrella of around 23 meters in diameter and 14.4 meters in height made by a Chinese firm has set a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest umbrella, breaking record set in India in 2010.

Russia resubmits claim for energy-rich Arctic shelf 5:28 am | Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters Russia resubmits claim for energy-rich Arctic shelfRussia said on Tuesday it has resubmitted a claim to the United Nations for some 1.2 million square km of the Arctic shelf, a drive to secure more of the mineral-rich region where other countries have rival territorial interests.

Israel rounds up suspected Jewish extremists after baby burned 4:08 am | Majeda el-Batsh, Agence France-Presse Israel rounds up suspected Jewish extremists after baby burnedIsrael arrested two suspected Jewish extremists on Tuesday after extending the detention of the leader of a radical religious group following the burning to death of a Palestinian baby.

Giant sinkhole swallows up New York street 3:28 am | Agence France-Presse Giant sinkhole swallows up New York streetNew Yorkers living in the borough of Brooklyn woke to a strange sight on Tuesday -- a giant sinkhole had swallowed an enormous chunk of road.

Japan A-bomb survivors speak out vs nuclear power, decry PM Abe’s view of war 2:39 am | Linda Sieg, Reuters Japan A-bomb survivors speak out vs nuclear power, decry PM Abe’s view of warWhen Atsushi Hoshino set out to revive a group representing atomic bomb survivors in the rural northeast Japanese prefecture of Fukushima 30 years ago, one topic was taboo - criticizing the nuclear power industry upon which many relied for jobs.

Anti-Houthi fighters score more gains in south Yemen 2:07 am | Mohammed Mukhashaf, Reuters Anti-Houthi fighters score more gains in south YemenFighters loyal to Yemen's deposed president seized about 10 southern villages from Houthi forces on Tuesday, maintaining momentum in their offensive a day after capturing the country's biggest air base, residents and loyalist sources said.