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US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

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U.S. forces are undeterred by China's military buildup on man-made islands in the South China Sea and will continue patrolling the strategic, disputed waters wherever "international law allows us," said a Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F-18 fighter jets. Lt. Cmdr. Tim Hawkins told The Associated Press on board the USS Carl Vinson that the Navy has carried out routine patrols at sea and in the air in the region for 70 years to promote security and guarantee the unimpeded flow of trade that's crucial for Asian and U.S. economies. "International law allows us to operate here, allows us to fly here, allows us to train here, allows us to sail here, and that's what we're doing and we're going to continue to do that," Hawkins said Saturday on the flight deck of...
Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRussia's foreign minister has dismissed as "blather" the charges levelled by the FBI special counsel against 13 Russians for election meddling. Sergei Lavrov said at a major security conference in Germany he would not comment further until he saw "facts".The charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller are seen as a major development in his continuing probe into the US 2016 election.President Trump has said the indictment shows his campaign did "nothing wrong". The Russian foreign minister was being questioned by participants at the Munich Security Conference. Asked about the charges, he said that even Vice-President Mike Pence had called the investigation into question. "So until we see the facts, everything else is just blather." But Mr Tr...
Helicopter crashes near earthquake epicentre

Helicopter crashes near earthquake epicentre

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Two people have been killed after a helicopter crashed while surveying the damage from a powerful earthquake in Mexico.The helicopter was carrying the Mexican interior minister Alfonso Navarrete and governor of the state of Oaxaca Alejandro Murat when it crashed on Friday night local time.They had been in a group of officials surveying damage from the earthquake, which hit the rural state and Mexico City on Friday evening.Mr Navarrete told the Televisa network: "I understand that there are people who have lost their lives."He said the helicopter pilot had lost control of the aircraft some 22 miles southwest of the quake's epicentre.The helicopter had been at a height of about 40m (130ft), he added.According to a Televisa reporter who had been on board, the helicopter had dropped after gene...
Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThirteen Russians have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation.Three of those named have also been accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five have been accused of aggravated identity theft.The announcement was made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling.Three Russian companies are also named in the indictment.The Trump-Russia saga in 200 wordsOne of them is the Internet Research Agency, based in St Petersburg, which the 37-page indictment said "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016 US presidential election".Speaking at a news conference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said there was...
Oxfam scandal: Boss urges victims to come forward

Oxfam scandal: Boss urges victims to come forward

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Oxfam's most senior figure is urging victims of abuse to come forward as she promised "justice" and announced an independent commission to "root out" sex offenders.Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International's executive director, offered an apology over a sex and prostitution scandal that she described as "a stain" on the charity.A series of allegations, first published by The Times a week ago, has seen senior Oxfam workers accused of soliciting prostitutes while overseeing aid operations around the world.The charity has also come under fire for its initial response after concerns about sexual exploitation were raised years ago, although it has denied covering up allegations in Haiti in 2011.Posting on Twitter, Ms Byanyima said: "I am inviting anyone who has been a victim of abuse to come forward...