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Source: Obama counsel not aware of Clinton’s email practice

View image | gettyimages.com WASHINGTON — The White House counsel’s office was not aware at the time Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state that she relied solely on personal email and only found out as part of the congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person …

US Envoy to South Korea in stable condition after knife attack

View image | gettyimages.com SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after being slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a 10-inch knife and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday. Media images showed a stunned-looking Lippert staring …

Indonesia moves Australian drug smugglers to island prison ahead of expected executions

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Two convicted Australian drug smugglers arrived Wednesday at an Indonesian island prison where they are to be executed by firing squad along with seven other foreigners despite clemency appeals from several of their governments. An Indonesian is also scheduled to be executed. The preparations at Nusakambangan Island’s maximum-security prison facilities have been …

Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship

TOKYO — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday. The apparent discovery of the Musashi, one of the largest battleships in history, comes as the …

Urgent: 6.4-magnitude quake hits 50km NW of Sikabaluan, Indonesia — USGS

HONG KONG — An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted 50km NW of Sikabaluan, Indonesia at 10:37: 31 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter, with a depth of 37.65 km, was initially determined to be at 0.7667 degrees south latitude and 98.7079 degrees east longitude.

China defends its activities in South China Sea after US official calls them ‘aggressive’

BEIJING—China defended its activities in the South China Sea as restrained and responsible Friday after the U.S. intelligence chief called its expansion of outposts in the region an “aggressive” effort to assert sovereignty. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the country’s activities on shoals and in surrounding waters it claims are “reasonable, legitimate and …

Egyptian court declares Hamas a ‘terrorist organization,’ further isolating Palestinian group

CAIRO—An Egyptian court declared Hamas a “terrorist organization” on Saturday, further isolating the blockaded rulers of the Gaza Strip once openly welcomed by the country’s toppled Islamist-dominated government. The ruling is unlikely to have any immediate effect on Hamas, still reeling from last summer’s war with Israel and choked by an Israeli-Egyptian blockade set up …

Silver linings in yearlong search for Flight 370: No sign of plane but many useful discoveries

WELLINGTON, New Zealand—The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn’t mean it’s been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including coastal Australians, air and sea travellers and scientists trying to understand ancient changes to the earth’s crust. The knowledge …

Kurdish troops rout IS group from key town near Iraqi border after Christians abducted there

BEIRUT—Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State militants, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the volatile region, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said. The victory marks a second blow to the extremist IS group …

Unmasking of ‘Jihadi John’ as a London university graduate sends shock waves through Britain

LONDON—The unmasking of Islamic State militant “Jihadi John” as a London lad who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft. Cameron tried to defuse criticism of Britain’s security service, which had “Jihadi John” on its list of …

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