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US Vice President Joe Biden warned China on Thursday against escalating a dispute over an East China Sea air zone, adding that regional peace and stability were in Beijing's interests. China's controversial move last month to declare an "air defence identification zone" (ADIZ) -- which includes islands disputed with Japan -- has "caused significant apprehension in the region", Biden told a group of 60 American business leaders Thursday morning. "As China's economy grows, its stake in regional peace and stability will continue to grow as well, because it has so much more to lose," he added. "That's why China will bear increasing responsibility to contribute positively to peace and security."
Two Algerian detainees at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay have been repatriated, the Defense Department said Thursday, despite protest from the prisoners who feared persecution. "The Department of Defense announced on December 5 the transfer of Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Algeria," after a review "which examined a number of factors, including security issues," a statement said. "The United States coordinated with the Government of Algeria to ensure these transfers took place with appropriate security and humane treatment assurances," it added. The transfers are part of President Barack Obama's ongoing, but much delayed, efforts to meet his vow to shutter the US detention center in Cuba, where more than 160 "war on terror" suspects still linger nearly 12 years after it was opened.
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say as many as 20 pilot whales in danger of stranding in Everglades National Park are swimming into deeper water.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly lower on Wall Street in early trading as retailers report weak results.
US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Thursday that Israel's security is a top priority for Washington, both in nuclear talks with Iran and peace talks with the Palestinians. Kerry was in the region for a day of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders aimed at driving forward peace negotiations which appear to have made little headway since they began under his patronage in late July. But Iran was also high on the agenda when he met for more than three hours with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what was their first face-to-face meeting since a fallout over the Iran nuclear deal. "I can't emphasise enough that Israel's security in this negotiation (with Iran) is at the top of our agenda," Kerry said at a joint news conference in Jerusalem.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian court is rejecting a request from prosecutors to re-arrest nine Bosnian Serbs convicted of war crimes but released because of procedural errors.
Washington (United States) (AFP) - The US economy grew at a 3.6 percent pace in the third quarter, much better than earlier estimates and the strongest rate in almost two years, data showed Thursday. The Commerce Department revised sharply upward its first estimate of 2.8 percent annualized growth for the July-September quarter. Increases in final sales -- GDP less inventory investment -- slowed to 1.9 percent from 2.1 percent in the second quarter. Year-on-year, the economy has expanded just 1.8 percent from the third quarter in 2012.
By Erik Kirschbaum and Belinda Goldsmith BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - Hurricane-force winds disrupted transport and power supplies in Scotland and threatened coastal flooding in England as they closed in on north Europe in what meteorologists said could be one of the most powerful storms to hit the continent in years. British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would shut on Thursday night and warned of "the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years in England". Prime Minister David Cameron called a meeting to discuss strategy. All train services in Scotland were suspended shortly after 8 a.m. local time until further notice due to debris on the tracks caused by storm Xaver.
Zouk Mosbeh (Lebanon) (AFP) - Young American Jennifer Grout doesn't speak a word of Arabic but has taught herself to sing the Arab world's best-known, most difficult songs -- and could even win a major TV talent show. Her blonde hair loose and without a sign of make-up, the 23-year-old appeared before a panel of judges to audition for the "Arabs Got Talent" show. When Egyptian film star and panel member Ahmed Helmy asked her in Arabic what her what her name was, she didn't have a clue what he was saying. But then she began to play the oud and sing a classic by Egyptian diva Umm Kalthoum, "Baeed Annak" (Far From You).
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