U.S. warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea - officials
By Idrees Ali and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. navy warship sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, U.S. officials said. The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged "excessive maritime claims" near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The latest U.S. patrol, first reported by Reuters, is expected to anger Beijing and could further escalate tensions over the South China Sea.
Canada minister says EU 'incapable' of having international deal
Brussels (AFP) - Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland blasted the European Union as "incapable" of striking an international agreement after talks for an EU-Canada trade deal collapsed Friday over the refusal of a Belgian region to sign on.
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Ex-Penn State coach takes stand in whistleblower lawsuitBELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) ? Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary is telling his story to jurors in his defamation and whistleblower trial against the university.
Dollar hits eight-month high, stocks set for weekly rise
The dollar rose to its highest since February against a basket of currencies on Friday as investors weighed the likelihood of higher U.S. interest rates, while a measure of world stocks dipped but looked set for its first weekly gain in four weeks. The euro hit a seven-month low against the dollar after the European Central Bank left its ultra-loose policy unchanged on Thursday but kept the door open to more stimulus in December. The dollar also was bolstered by comments from New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley earlier this week that the Fed was prepared to raise U.S. overnight interest rates, and by decreasing likelihood of Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidency.
Truce extended in Aleppo but UN delays evacuations
The UN said Friday security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria's Aleppo, as Russia extended a truce that was largely holding for a second day. Moscow said it was extending the unilateral "humanitarian pause" in the Syrian government's Russian-backed assault on opposition-held east Aleppo until 1600 GMT on Saturday.
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Canadian official leaves trade talks with EU
BRUSSELS (AP) ? Canada's international trade minister says the European Union is not ready to sign a free trade deal with Canada at the moment, and that she was leaving the negotiations to return home.
Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: the coronation of a lifetime
The rainy season is supposed to be over in Nigeria, but on Thursday just before midnight, torrential rain and crackling lightning let loose over Benin City. For those in the crowd, the message was clear: with the rain the gods had blessed the new monarch of the kingdom of Benin in the country's south. The divine coronation was the climax of a day of royal pageantry, when some 100,000 people flooded the streets to catch a glimpse of the new "Oba" -- king in the Yoruba language -- Ewuare II.
Yoga pants parade to protest man's comments on women's wearBARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) ? Women clad in yoga pants plan to parade through a coastal Rhode Island town in protest of a man who said the attire looks tacky and ridiculous.