China blasts US human rights in tit-for-tat report

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday blasted U.S. human rights record in its annual tit-for-tat report, saying money and family connections are corrupting politics and calling U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq a "gross violation of other countries' human rights."

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

US reveals joint patrols in South China Sea with Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said Thursday it has been conducting joint South China Sea patrols — and eventually will conduct air patrols — with the Philippines, while dispatching U.S. troops and combat aircraft there on more frequent rotations.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Powerful earthquake hits south Japan; no reports of damage

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck southern Japan on Thursday, but there was no danger of a tsunami or any immediate reports of casualties or damage.


Despite court ruling, China gay rights movement makes gains

CHANGSHA, China (AP) — For years, Chen Tiantian could only read about the gay rights movement in faraway places. She knew that there were activists in Beijing and a vibrant community in Shanghai, and that in San Francisco, a distant mecca, gay pride parades took up entire streets.

  • Written by GERRY SHIH, Associated Press