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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Donald Trump picked a military town — Virginia Beach, Va. — to give a speech Monday on how he would go about overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

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The season for blueberries used to be short. You'd find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

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White House's 'Promise Kept' Iraq Timeline Starts On Jan. 20, 2009

Dec 13, 2011

A message from the White House on its Twitter page popped up a few minutes ago saying:

"After nearly 9 years of sacrifice, America's war in Iraq is coming to an end. Experience the interactive timeline: wh.gov/iraq"

The timeline isn't about all nine years, though. Called "Promise Kept," it covers about the past three years and focuses on the current administration:

After this statement. ...

"American troops have served in Iraq with honor and distinction since March 19, 2003, but the cost to our nation has been great. December 2011 marks the end of our mission in Iraq, and the fulfillment of a promise Barack Obama made to the American people even before he became President. Now, President Obama has made another promise to the troops and their families: We will fight as hard for them as they return home as they have done for us these past nine years."

... Users are urged to "scroll down to experience the interactive timeline," which jumps to Jan. 20, 2009, the day Obama was inaugurated and then moves on to such things as the president's "first speech on Iraq," his first visit to Iraq as commander in chief and his Aug. 31, 2010, announcement about the end of the combat mission in Iraq.

It ends with remarks the president made on Aug. 30 paying "humble tribute to the more than 6,200 Americans in uniform who have given their lives in this hard decade of war [which includes the fallen in Afghanistan]. We honor them all."

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