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South China Sea sovereignty ‘indisputable’: China

BEIJING — China on Wednesday reiterated that it has “indisputable sovereignty” over islands in the South China Sea after the United States pledged to help the Philippines, which has its own claims in the area. A spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, Yang Yi, also repeated the government position that…

Suicide rates soar among US veterans: official

WASHINGTON — The economic downturn and the trauma of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have pushed more US veterans to suicide, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Thursday. As Americans across the United States and around the world celebrated the contributions of men and women in uniform…

Misdiagnosed anti-psychotic drug may be killing stressed veterans

Traumatized vets take potent drug to help them sleep, but questions loom about potential risks Andrew White returned from a nine-month tour in Iraq beset with signs of post-traumatic stress disorder: insomnia, nightmares, constant restlessness. Doctors tried to ease his symptoms using three psychiatric drugs, including a potent anti-psychotic called…

US begins scaling back ambitions for Afghan occupation

Nearly nine years into the Afghan war, the United States has begun scaling back its ambitions, searching for an acceptable way out that avoids defeat. Talk of routing the Taliban has been replaced by efforts to woo insurgents to lay down their arms, as pressure builds to find a formula…

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