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Americas

  • Bus carrying Chinese tourists crashes in US

    Authorities say a bus carrying mostly Chinese tourists flipped on its side on a busy highway in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and eight people were hospitalized.

  • US denies involvement in arrest of Russian MP's son in Maldives

    The United States denied that their secret service arrested a Russian lawmaker's son in the Maldives on allegations of cybercrime, which has sparked accusations of " kidnapping" by the Russian government, an official from the US embassy said on Friday.

  • House Republicans move ahead on suing Obama

    US House of Representatives Republicans said on Thursday they intend to make President Barack Obama's changes to his signature health insurance law the focus of a forthcoming lawsuit accusing him of overstepping his legal authorities.

Europe

Safety worries mount for Chinese overseas

A series of incidents involving Chinese citizens overseas has shocked the country and prompted public concern about the safety of Chinese people when traveling abroad.

China-Japan relations

Talks should take place between Beijing and Tokyo to forge a mechanism to manage the crisis over the overlapping air defense identification zones in the East China Sea.

Yearender: Girl power

A newly coined Chinese word nv han zi, meaning tough women, became one of the words of the year 2013.

Selfies of the year 2013

Selfie – "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website" – has been named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries editors.

Obama names new envoy to Russia

US President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated a career diplomat with a good knowledge of European and Eurasian affairs as his new ambassador to Russia, as bilateral relationship has slipped to a new low.

Israelis hint at invasion of Gaza

Israel's military made no comment on what would be the deadliest strike since it began its assault on Tuesday. The defence minister spoke of "long days of fighting ahead".

Berlin expels US spy official

Germany has told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country after officials unearthed two suspected US spies.

53 dead in Israeli air strike in Gaza

Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes on Wednesday, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland in intensifying warfare.

Middle East

  • Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon

    Rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon on Monday, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces, in the third such rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday.

  • Netanyahu defends Israeli offensive in Gaza

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuffed international calls for a ceasefire while defending his country's offensive in Gaza during appearances on US television on Sunday.

  • Israeli commandos raid rocket launching site in northern Gaza

    Israeli Navy commandos raided a facility in the northern Gaza Strip, from which the Islamist movement Hamas fired long-range rockets at Israeli cities, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Sunday.

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