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Vietnam won't pursue military buildup in South China Sea, says new leader Thu, May 26, 2016, 10:39 AM | Martin Petty and Mai Nguyen, Reuters

Financial crisis may have caused 500,000 cancer deaths worldwide: study Thu, May 26, 2016, 7:39 AM | Agence France-Presse

Apple supplier in China replaces 60,000 employees with robots Thu, May 26, 2016, 11:26 AM | Philippines News Agency, Sputnik

Timor Leste to join ASEAN in 2017 Thu, May 26, 2016, 10:18 AM | Philippines News Agency | Antara

G7 agrees need strong message on South China Sea; China says don't 'hype' 7:39 pm | Matt Spetalnick and Tetsushi Kajimoto, Reuters Group of Seven (G7) leaders agreed on Thursday on the need to send a strong message on maritime claims in the western Pacific, where an increasingly assertive China is locked in territorial disputes with Japan and several Southeast Asian nations.

China says it followed rules in US aircraft intercept incident China says it followed rules in US aircraft intercept incident 7:09 pm | Ben Blanchard, Reuters China's Defense Ministry said on Thursday its aircraft followed the rules after two Chinese fighter…

Syria is the world’s most dangerous place for health workers: WHO Syria is the world’s most dangerous place for health workers: WHO 6:30 pm | Agence France-Presse Syria was the most dangerous place for health care workers to operate last year, ahead…

Chinese state media warn G7 against \ Chinese state media warn G7 against 'meddling' in South China Sea 3:14 pm | Agence France-Presse Chinese state media warned the Group of Seven nations on Thursday not to 'meddle' in…

Judgment day nears for participants in South America\ Judgment day nears for participants in South America's US-backed Operation Condor 2:17 pm | Alexandre Peyrille, Agence France-Presse Participants in Operation Condor, in which six South American dictatorships collaborated to torture and assassinate…

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In Ecuador cyber heist, thieves moved $9 million to 23 Hong Kong firms In Ecuador cyber heist, thieves moved $9 million to 23 Hong Kong firms Cyber thieves who stole $12 million from an Ecuadorian bank in 2015 routed the funds through 23 companies registered in Hong Kong, some of them…

Oil prices jump above $50 for first time this year Oil prices jump above $50 for first time this year Oil prices jumped Thursday above $50 for the first time this year as a long-lasting global supply glut shows increased signs of easing.

Duterte vows economic growth outside of \ Duterte vows economic growth outside of 'dead' Philippine capital Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte pledged Thursday to spread economic activity beyond the overpopulated capital of Manila, calling it a 'dead' city overrun by shantytowns.

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In home country, UN chief urges return to dialogue with North Korea 1:06 pm | Agence France-Presse In home country, UN chief urges return to dialogue with North KoreaUN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged a return to talks with North Korea, during a visit to South Korea that has fueled speculation of his presidential ambitions in his home country.

Israeli rights group to stop referring complaints against soldiers to military over 'whitewashing' 12:24 pm | Luke Baker, Reuters Israeli rights group to stop referring complaints against soldiers to military over \B'Tselem, one of Israel's leading human rights groups, said on Wednesday it would no longer refer complaints of abuse carried out by Israeli soldiers to Israeli military courts because the system was biased and set up to whitewash cases.

Apple supplier in China replaces 60,000 employees with robots 11:26 am | Philippines News Agency, Sputnik Apple supplier in China replaces 60,000 employees with robotsThe Foxconn Technology Group (Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.), an Apple Inc. supplier, has replaced 60,000 factory employees with robots, the MarketWatch reports citing Chinese media.

Paying the ultimate price on Mount Everest 11:22 am | Gopal Sharma and Tommy Wilkes, Reuters Paying the ultimate price on Mount EverestThree deaths in as many days on Mt. Everes have renewed safety concerns after eager climbers flocked to the 8,850-meter summit for the first time since last year when an avalanche triggered by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Base Camp, and all expeditions ground to a halt.

Vietnam won't pursue military buildup in South China Sea, says new leader 10:39 am | Martin Petty and Mai Nguyen, Reuters Vietnam won\Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Wednesday his country was not pursuing a military buildup over the South China Sea and would work with allies to seek peaceful solutions to disputes, with no use of force.

Trump slams 'too many immigrants' but claims 'Mexican vote' his 10:24 am | Ivan Couronne and Veronique Dupont, Agence France-Presse Trump slams \Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump stumped Wednesday in California, the US state with the largest Hispanic population, doubling down on his anti-immigration position but assuring that 'Mexican people' will vote for him in November.

Timor Leste to join ASEAN in 2017 10:18 am | Philippines News Agency | Antara Timor Leste to join ASEAN in 2017The Democratic Republic of Timor Leste will become a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017, the Indonesian Ambassador to ASEAN, Rahmat Pramono, said here on Tuesday.

US nuke force still using floppy disks: report 7:53 am | Agence France-Presse US nuke force still using floppy disks: reportAmerica's nuclear force still uses floppy disks designed in the 1970s to coordinate some of its functions, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday.

Financial crisis may have caused 500,000 cancer deaths worldwide: study 7:39 am | Agence France-Presse Financial crisis may have caused 500,000 cancer deaths worldwide: studyThe global financial crisis may have caused an additional 500,000 cancer deaths from 2008-2010, a new study said Thursday, with patients locked out of treatment because of unemployment and healthcare cuts.

Striking pictures capture moment of migrant shipwreck 12:28 am | Ella Ide, Agence France-Presse Striking pictures capture moment of migrant shipwreckDramatic images released by the Italian navy Wednesday captured the moment a heavily overcrowded boat overturned in a shipwreck off Libya which left at least five people dead.

Japan PM protests Okinawa crime to Obama, who promises cooperation 11:22 pm | Minami Funakoshi and Kiyoshi Takenaka, Reuters Japan PM protests Okinawa crime to Obama, who promises cooperationJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe protested to US President Barack Obama on Wednesday about the killing of a young woman in Okinawa which has reignited resentment of the heavy US military presence on the southern Japanese island.

Britain encourages all to abide by tribunal decision on South China Sea: PM Cameron 8:12 pm | Kylie MacLellan, Reuters Britain encourages all to abide by tribunal decision on South China Sea: PM CameronBritish Prime Minister David Cameron, who arrived in Japan on Wednesday for a Group of Seven summit, encouraged Beijing and others to abide by a looming ruling by an international tribunal on a territorial row between China and the Philippines.