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China restates sovereignty claims amid S. China Sea tensions

BEIJING (AP) — A look at some recent key developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves:
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Vietnam legislature convenes to elect leaders

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese Communist Party-dominated National Assembly on Wednesday opened its first session following May elections to elect the country's top leaders....
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Anti-US protests staged at 11 KFC branches in China: report

Chinese people who blame Washington for an international tribunal's dismissal of Beijing's maritime claims have called for a boycott of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in protests outside branches in 11 cities, reports said....
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Info blackout in India-controlled Kashmir in bid to curb unrest

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir seized newspapers and shut down cable television on Saturday, aiming to quell a flare up of tensions in the region which has seen violent protests over the killing of a separatist commander by security forces....
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Identities, nationalities of dead in Dhaka restaurant attack

A partial list of nationalities and identities of those reported slain in the Dhaka restaurant attack, and some details on their lives, as reported by local media....
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Indonesian president to assert sovereignty in islands visit

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The Indonesian president will travel to the Natuna Islands for the first time on Thursday to assert Indonesia's sovereignty, a senior official said, after China said earlier this week it had an "overlapping claim" over nearby waters....
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Thousands protest U.S. bases on Okinawa after Japan woman's murder

NAHA, Japan (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island on Sunday in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases, following the arrest of an American suspected of murdering a local woman....
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Azerbaijan hopes for political solution in Karabakh conflict

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's president has voiced hope that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be settled through talks but added that his nation won't accept the status quo....
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China to build on disputed Scarborough Shoal this year: report

Beijing will start construction this year on a South China Sea islet within the Philippines' claimed exclusive economic zone as it seeks to project its power in the disputed waters, Hong Kong media reported Monday....
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Armenian MP commemorates Genocide in Turkey’s parliament

Turkish-Armenian MP Garo Paylan, who represents the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), resurrected the memories of the 13 Armenian members of the Ottoman General Assembly who were massacred on April 24, 1915 as he commemorated the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Thursday, April 21 at the Turkish Parliament, Asbarez reports....
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