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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, left, arrives for the verdict of his court case for the killing of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, at Olongapo city, Zambales province, northwest of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Dec. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Joseph Pemberton, U.S. Marine, found guilty of killing transgender Filipino

- Associated Press

A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a U.S. Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel in the Philippines while he was on a break after participating in joint military exercises in the country.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference at the IMF in Washington, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, to announce the Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

IMF promotes China’s yuan to elite basket of currencies

- The Washington Times

China checked off one of its top priorities as an emerging economic superpower when the International Monetary Fund on Monday announced it will be including the Chinese yuan in the elite basket of world currencies it uses to help finance its work with countries around the world.

Turkish protesters shout anti-Russia slogans as they hold a poster of Russian President Vladimir Putin that reads in Turkish and Russian "Assassin Putin!" during a protest in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber at the Syrian border on Tuesday, insisting it had violated its airspace despite repeated warnings. (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu) ** FILE **

Turkey won’t apologize to Russia over warplane downing

- Associated Press

Turkey won’t apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria, the Turkish prime minister said Monday, stressing that the military was doing its job defending the country’s airspace.

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