China building 'airstrip' island?
China is building a 3,000-meter island in the South China Sea that could accommodate the country's first airstrip in bitterly contested waters, along with a harbor, a report says.

Republicans' next clash with Obama: Iran nuclear talks

The extension of international nuclear negotiations with Iran is likely to prompt a far-reaching showdown between the White House and US Republicans who seek to tighten economic screws against TehranThe extension of international nuclear negotiations with Iran is likely to prompt a far-reaching showdown between the White House and US Republicans who seek to tighten economic screws against Tehran. With hawkish lawmakers eager to pass new sanctions through Congress to prod the Islamic republic into a lasting deal that prevents Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, experts warned that attempts to impose economic penalties could rip apart the delicate negotiation process. Iran and world powers agreed to extend terms of an interim deal -- which include limited sanctions relief -- for another seven months as they work toward a final accord, and President Barack Obama has largely been given a free hand by Congress to deal with Tehran over the past year.


US Army may station tanks in Eastern Europe: general

The first US troops arrive at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014The US Army plans to deploy about 150 tanks and armored vehicles to NATO countries next year and some of the heavy armor may be stationed in Eastern Europe, a top American general said Tuesday. The move is part of a US effort dubbed "Operation Atlantic Resolve" in the Baltic states and Poland to reassure allies anxious about a resurgent Russia, with American troops deploying for several months at a time to conduct joint exercises. Nearly 50 armored vehicles are already in place and another 100 M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles will be "pre-positioned" in Germany and possibly elsewhere for the US troops conducting drills with NATO partners, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges told AFP in a phone interview from Estonia.


Protesters across U.S. show solidarity with Ferguson
In cities across the U.S., protesters demand greater equality after a grand jury fails to charge a white police officer for shooting a black teenager.

Argentina's Fernandez, back on job after infection, vows to fight hedge funds
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez returned to the public stage in fighting form on Tuesday after a three-week break due to an infection, declaring in a speech to businessmen she would not be held ransom by hedge funds suing the country.

Strange case of the melting house
In London, a life-size wax house is melting...

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