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Associated Press in Washington

China is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential airfields as part of its “aggressive” effort to exert sovereignty, the US intelligence chief said on Thursday.

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The Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that its plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from “even its closest allies” and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.

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President Barack Obama visited Texas on Wednesday and urged Congress to move swiftly to approve an emergency spending request for US$3.7 billion to deal with a crisis of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border with Mexico

The United States Federal Reserve agreed last month to modestly reduce its bond purchases because of improvements in the job market that many Fed members felt would be sustained.

The Washington Post, citing documents it said were provided by Snowden, said the NSA’s concerns about insider threats were aimed at “anomalous behaviour” of agency employees with access to top secret data.

A Chinese woman charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral has been linked to at least four other incidents of vandalism at US landmarks, including at the Lincoln Memorial, according to prosecutors and court documents.

US President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney embarked Saturday on the final stretch of their long, grinding presidential campaign, making their closing arguments in the handful of battleground states that will decide the outcome of a tight race going down to the wire.

US President Barack Obama will launch a new WTO trade enforcement case against China, targeting subsidies for exports of Chinese automobiles.