TOKYO — Rescuers searched for five missing Marines Thursday after a pair of warplanes collided some 200 miles off Japan, U.S. and Japanese authorities said. The planes, a KC-130 refueling aircraft carrying five crew members and an F/A-18 fighter jet ...

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The Honduran mother photographed with her young children fleeing a smoking tear gas can at the border was allowed into the United States to try to seek asylum, a California congressman and immigration lawyers said. Maria Meza and her children were among a ...

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that he would take all action “within the rule of law and democracy” to oppose the governments of Venezuela and Cuba. Bolsonaro, who takes power Jan. 1, made the ...

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BRUSSELS — Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel submitted his resignation Tuesday amid pressure on his government after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for a United Nations compact on international migration. "I am taking the ...

Fragile Cease-fire Takes Effect in Yemen. Why Now and What’s Next?
CAIRO — An internationally backed cease-fire in the key Yemen port of Hudaydah got off to a shaky start on Tuesday when fighting erupted moments after it took effect at midnight. The clashes died down hours later, and by late Tuesday residents of the war ...   The New York Times  
Leaders start shutdown talks after Trump eases wall threat
The Senate's top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating Tuesday after the White House indicated President Donald Trump does not want a federal government shutdown over his demand for $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico. During a meeting ...   Associated Press  
The Kremlin Denies Meddling in U.S. Politics Through Social Media Campaigns
(MOSCOW) — The Kremlin has rejected as baseless reports about a Russian political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media. Reports released by the Senate intelligence committee Monday ...   Time  
British government steps up 'no-deal' Brexit preparations
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May and her ministers will on Tuesday step up preparations for a “no deal” Brexit, an outcome made more likely by a deadlock in parliament over the British leader’s divorce deal with the European Union.   Reuters  
Seoul submits budget plan for co-hosting 2032 Games with Pyongyang
SEOUL, Dec. 17 (UPI) --The Seoul Metropolitan Government has proposed a draft plan to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics with the North Korean capital to the city council, South Korean media reported. The city government submitted a motion to the city ...   Upi.com  
Russia builds new barracks on disputed islands near Japan
MOSCOW — Russia said on Monday it had built new barracks for troops on a disputed chain of islands near Japan and would build more facilities for armored vehicles, prompting a diplomatic protest from Tokyo. Russia's Ministry of Defense said it planned to ...   NBC News  
Xi Jinping: China will never seek global economic dominance
Dec. 18 (UPI) --President Xi Jinping said China will "never seek global hegemony" -- the dominance of others -- during a speech Tuesday marking Asian nation's economic reform enacted 40 years ago. Despite becoming the second largest economy in the world ...   Upi.com  
U.N. Security Council mulls Myanmar action; Russia, China boycott talks
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council is considering action to push Myanmar to work with the United Nations to address the Rohingya refugee crisis, although China and Russia have so far boycotted talks on a British-drafted resolution ...   Reuters  
U.S., Taliban meet to discuss end to 17-year war in Afghanistan
Dec. 17 (UPI) --U.S. and Taliban officials were set to meet in the United Arab Emirates Monday to discuss ending the long-running war in Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the meeting, and said representatives from Pakistan and ...   Upi.com  
Two men accused of conspiring to sway US public opinion against exiled Turkish cleric
The federal indictment of two men -- one a Turkish citizen -- for acting as illegal agents of the Turkish government in the US adds another irritant to an already fractious relationship. Load Error Bijan Rafiekian and Kamil Ekim Alptekin were accused ...   CNN