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China creates 3 new army units to modernize military

Chinese President Xi Jinping hands over a military flag to Wei Fengh, commander of the Rocket Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and Wang Jiasheng, political commissar of the Rocket Force, in Beijing. China has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernize its military - the world’s largest standing force - and improve its fighting capacity. AP

BEIJING—China has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernize its military—the world’s largest standing force—and improve its fighting capacity. 

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Christmas storm woes continue in southern US

Emergency officials transport James Simmons by boat because water over Byler Road prevented them from reaching him in Moulton, Alabama on Friday, Dec. 25. They carried him by boat before loading him into an ambulance. Unseasonably warm weather helped spawn severe storms Friday after violent storms in the Southeast left dozens of families homeless by Christmas Eve. DEANGELO MCDANIEL/THE DECATUR DAILY VIA AP

Birmingham, Alabama —Severe weather has plagued the southern US during Christmas week, and the misery continued as a tornado touched down in north-central Alabama on Christmas Day. 

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Wife’s role in California attack raises fear of jihad brides in US

This undated combination of photos provided by the FBI and the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Tashfeen Malik (left) and Syed Farook. The husband and wife died in a fierce gunbattle with authorities several hours after their commando-style assault on a gathering of Farook’s colleagues from San Bernardino, California, County’s health department on December 2. AP

By Ellen Knickmeyer / The Associated Press Los Angeles—A Pakistani woman’s role as a shooter in the San Bernardino massacre is raising fears that foreign-born brides who support the Islamic State group could marry Americans to come to the US to carry out extremist missions. 

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FBI investigates California gun attack as ‘act of terror’

This undated combination of photos provided by the FBI and the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Tashfeen Malik (left) and Syed Farook. The husband and wife died in a fierce gunbattle with authorities several hours after their commando-style assault on a gathering of Farook’s colleagues from San Bernardino, California, County’s health department on December 2. AP

San Bernardino, California— The Pakistani woman who joined her US-born husband in killing 14 people in a commando-style assault is at the center of a massive Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) terrorism investigation, yet she remains shrouded in mystery.

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Brussels under serious terrorism threat after Paris attacks

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, center, addresses a media conference, in Brussels, on Saturday, Belgium raised ist security level to its highest degree on Saturday as the manhunt continues for extremist Salah Abdeslam, who took part in the Paris attacks. APairlines

By John-Thor Dahlburg  / The Associated Press Brussels—Belgium’s capital entered a security lockdown on Saturday as the government warned of a threat of a repeat of Paris-style attacks, with subways in Brussels closed and heavily armed police and soldiers deployed. At least one suspect from the deadly Paris attacks is at large, and was last seen crossing into Belgium. 

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Xi visits Vietnam to mend ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he arrives at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam. Xi’s visit to Vietnam last Thursday came as the two communist countries seek to mend ties strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. AP

Hanoi, Vietnam—Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vietnam last week comes as the two communist countries seek to mend ties strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). 

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Illinois Supreme Court again rejects $10-B cigarette verdict

A man smokes a cigarette as he walks past a shop displaying a Marlboro sign at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia. AP

St. Louis—A divided Illinois Supreme Court has again rejected a $10.1-billion class-action judgment against Philip Morris over its past efforts to market “low-tar” and “light” cigarettes as healthier alternatives. 

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China nixes involvement in Taiwan’s January polls

Flanked by Nationalist Party heavyweights, honorary chairman Lien Chan (second from left), Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (second from right), and ruling Nationalist Party chairman and presidential candidate in the 2016 elections Eric Chu (center) raise their arms in celebration during an extraordinary party congress in Taipei, Taiwan. AP

  Beijing—China won’t get involved in Taiwan’s upcoming elections, a government spokesman said, underscoring the sensitivity surrounding polls in which the island’s pro-independence opposition is expected to make a strong showing. 

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UN overwhelmingly condemns embargo on Cuba; US votes ‘No’

Delegates cast their votes on the annual draft resolution calling for an end to the US-led five-decade embargo against the Caribbean nation, in the United Nations General Assembly. The resolution condemning the US embargo against Cuba has won overwhelming approval, with only the US and Israel voting against it. The vote had the highest ever number of countries voting to condemn the embargo—191. AP

United Nations—The United States recently voted against a United Nations (UN) resolution condemning its embargo on Cuba, even though US President Barack Obama has called on Congress to lift the trade restrictions. 

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Biden dropping out seen as boost for Clinton bid

United States President Barack Obama hugs Vice President Joe Biden as Biden waves at the end of his announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House that he will not run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Jill Biden is at right. AP

  Washington—United States Vice President Joe Biden said he won’t be a candidate in the 2016 White House campaign, solidifying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s status as the Democratic front-runner and the party’s likely heir to President Barack Obama’s legacy. 

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