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The U.S. and China showed no sign of quelling tension in the disputed South China Sea as their top diplomats met in Washington on Tuesday. A leading U.S. military officer told Congress that China was seeking to control East Asia.
 
The scene U.S. forces encountered as they pushed into Kuwait in 1991 to end the Iraqi occupation could only be described as a hellscape.
 
The United States and Russia have agreed on a new cease-fire for Syria that will take effect Saturday, even as major questions over enforcing and responding to violations of the truce were left unresolved. Syria's warring government and rebels still need to accept the deal.
 
"Well, the time has come," announced presenter Barbra Streisand at the 2010 Oscars, revealing that Kathryn Bigelow had won the best director prize for "The Hurt Locker" -- the first woman in history to win the award.
 
The 1991 Gulf War saw only 100 hours of ground fighting as U.S. forces entered Kuwait to end the Iraqi occupation but echoes of that conflict have lingered on for decades in the Mideast.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama has refused to send any suspected terrorists captured overseas to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. But if the U.S. starts seizing more militants in expanded military operations, where will they go, who will hold them and where will they be tried?
 
When American politicians were confronted in recent years about how their policies fit their faith, the issue at hand was usually abortion and the targets were mostly the left-leaning Democrats.
 
For some reason, four cities submitted bids this week to host the 2024 Olympics, turning in glitzy presentations filled with all sorts of highfalutin ideals and delusional financial goals.
 
Britain is thinking of leaving. Greece feels isolated. Austria and Denmark are pushing controversial measures for coping with asylum-seekers despite what their neighbors think.
 
In another setback to international efforts to resolve Syria's devastating civil war, peace talks are not to resume next week in Geneva, a U.N. envoy announced as Turkey on Friday intensified cross-border artillery shelling on areas dominated by Syria's U.S.-backed, mostly Kurdish militia.
 
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