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China warns on South China Sea as US, India consider patrols

BEIJING - China on Thursday responded to a Reuters report that the U.S. and India are discussing joint naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea, warning that interference from countries outside the region threatens peace and stability.

Dozens face riot charges over Hong Kong Lunar New Year violence

HONG KONG - Dozens of people in Hong Kong were charged on Thursday with taking part in a riot after a dispute between vendors and police on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday blew up into city's worst violence since pro-democracy protests in 2014.

Greek navy helicopter crashes in Aegean, 3 feared dead

ATHENS - Three Greek naval airmen were missing and feared dead after a Greek navy helicopter crashed early on Thursday off the small island of Kinaros in the eastern Aegean Sea, Greece's Defence Ministry said.

WHO advises women on Zika protection but no travel advisories

GENEVA/LONDON - The World Health Organisation advised women on Wednesday on how to protect themselves from Zika, particularly if pregnant, but also reassured them that most women in areas affected by the mosquito-borne virus will give birth to "normal infants."

US, S. Korea, Japan boost data-sharing in response to N. Korea threat

WASHINGTON - The top military officers from the United States, South Korea and Japan said they agreed at a meeting on Wednesday to step up information-sharing and coordination of security efforts in light of increasing North Korean nuclear and missile threats.

Homeless mom, 2 kids stabbed dead inside NY motel

NEW YORK - A homeless 26-year-old woman and two of her daughters, a 4-month-old and a 1-year-old, were stabbed to death at a motel in the New York City borough of Staten Island on Monday, police said.

'500 dead' in Syria regime's Aleppo assault

BEIRUT, Lebanon – A Russian-backed regime onslaught in northern Syria was reported Wednesday to have killed more than 500 people this month, as Turkey faced new pressure to open its border to people fleeing the violence.

More than 60 killed in suicide bombings at Nigerian refugee camp

Twin suicide bombings in Nigeria killed more than 60 people already displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

World's leading scientists vow to share all findings to fight Zika

The world's top scientists have pledged to share all data and expertise on the Zika virus as soon as they have it.

US Justice Department sues Ferguson for violating rights

CHICAGO, United States - The US Department of Justice said Wednesday it is taking the city of Ferguson, Missouri to court after council members rejected necessary reforms following the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.