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  • Civilians emerge as pawns in South China Sea legal chess game
  • 04:04 AM EDT  HONG KONG/MANILA (Reuters) - On tiny specks in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, Vietnamese and Filipino children skip to school each day. Not far away, China is building lighthouses and weather stations on reclaimed land. Further north, a Chinese cruise ship takes "patriotic" tourists to a separate group of contested islands.

  • Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods, severe weather kills 17
  • 05:33 AM EDT  AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 17 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month.

  • Some blame EU Commission for Greek obstinacy in debt talks
  • 04:44 AM EDT  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Some euro zone countries are accusing the European Commission of giving Greece false hope of new loans for less reform effort, but they still want Brussels to find a way to keep a defiant Athens in the euro.

  • Blatter seeks re-election as scandal engulfs FIFA
  • 05:56 AM EDT  ZURICH (Reuters) - The embattled head of world soccer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is expected to be re-elected on Friday despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport's governing body.

  • Myanmar says won't take blame at Asia migrant crisis talks
  • 05:00 AM EDT  BANGKOK (Reuters) - Myanmar insisted it was not to blame for Southeast Asia's latest influx of "boat people" at a regional crisis meeting on Friday, as the United States said thousands of vulnerable migrants adrift at sea needed urgent rescue.

  • Exclusive: Mexican president misrepresented personal land deal, records show
  • 12:36 AM EDT  VALLE DE BRAVO, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto misrepresented to authorities the circumstances under which he acquired one of his properties, public documents reviewed by Reuters show, a discrepancy that could add to a controversy surrounding his personal finances.

  • 7.0 magnitude quake strikes offshore Alaska: USGS
  • 04:11 AM EDT  (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

  • U.S. reaches deals with four more banks under Swiss program
  • Thu, May 28  WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four more Swiss banks have cut deals with the U.S. Department of Justice to avoid possible prosecution for helping Americans evade taxes, the department said on Thursday.

  • Apple fails to disqualify antitrust monitor in e-books case
  • Thu, May 28  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Apple Inc's <AAPL.O> bid to disqualify an antitrust compliance monitor appointed after the technology company was found liable for conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.

  • Congress sets hearing on Takata, automakers expand recalls
  • Thu, May 28  DETROIT (Reuters) - Five automakers on Thursday widened recalls of cars and trucks with Takata Corp <7312.T> air bags and the U.S. Congress set a hearing next week on the safety issue that has been linked to six deaths.

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