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atoll: China's alleged ongoing reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea is raising notices of Western nations concerned China may be attempting to assert dominance. (Associated Press)

Beijing brushes off South China Sea complaints, adopts aggressive military stance

- The Washington Times 47 minutes ago

U.S. officials pushed back Tuesday against China’s attempt to justify its construction of artificial islands and naval bases in the contested South China Sea — and expressed wariness over a new Chinese Defense Ministry policy paper that analysts say is the most assertive military document issued to date by Beijing.

In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay until they were released last year in exchange for Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after he walked away from his Army post in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)

Travel ban ends for Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bowe Bergdahl

- Associated Press

A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until they were released last year in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, raising the possibility that the five can move freely around the world as early as Monday.

In this April 23, 2015, file photo, Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters regain control of the northern neighborhoods, after overnight heavy clashes with Islamic State group militants, in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Multiple Islamic State suicide attacks in Iraq’s Anbar kill 17 troops

- Associated Press

Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman said Wednesday.

In this April 23, 2015, file photo, Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters regain control of the northern neighborhoods, after overnight heavy clashes with Islamic State group militants, in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Iraqi forces fighting to retake Ramadi

- The Washington Times

Iraq forces launched an offensive to retake Ramadi on Tuesday, signaling the enormous political pressure the Baghdad government is under to restore faith in its mission to defeat the Islamic State, analysts said.

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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2007 file photo, a person stands next to the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarter in Zurich, Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at  the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich. In a statement Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the FOJ said U.S. authorities suspect the officials of having received paid bribes totaling millions of dollars.  (Steffen Schmidt/Keystone via AP, File)

FIFA officials arrested in Zurich; World Cup votes probed

- Associated Press

Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, throwing FIFA deeper into crisis only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested and 14 indicted Wednesday in a separate U.S. corruption probe.

FILE - In this April 24, 2014, file photo provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk stand in line to receive aid food distributed by UNRWA on the southern edge of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Conditions in the camp have deteriorated since Islamic State militants muscled their way into it in early April 2015. The militants are trying to consolidate their hold on the camp. (AP Photo/UNRWA, File)

UN: Fewer hungry people in the world despite wars, poverty

Associated Press

The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.

South Korea's delegation, center, led by Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Hwang Joon-kook, center top, U.S. delegation, right, and Japan's delegation, left, attend at their meeting about North Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Envoys from S. Korea, US, Japan discuss N.Korean nuke threat

- Associated Press

The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Wednesday on the need to increase pressure on North Korea and urged the country to engage in serious negotiations on its expanding nuclear weapons program.

China's army plays down South China Sea island-building

- Associated Press

China's military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region.