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VIDEO: Nations call on China to stop land reclamation

Le Luong Minh, secretary-general of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said ASEAN foreign ministers expressed concerns in a meeting over massive Chinese island-building activities that have escalated tensions in the area.

China, Taiwan and several ASEAN members - the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei - have wrangled over ownership and control of the South China Sea in a conflict that has flared on and off for decades.

US Pacific Fleet chief joins surveillance of South China Sea

Adm. Scott Swift joined the surveillance mission on board a P-8A Poseidon plane on Saturday to witness the aircraft's full range of capabilities, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Sunday.

The Navy has acquired and plans to purchase more of the versatile aircraft to replace its aging P-3 Orion fleet. The plane can be used for a range of undertakings, including anti-submarine warfare, and surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

2 women to vie in Taiwan presidential election for 1st time

The ruling Nationalist Party on Sunday picked as its candidate Hung Hsiu-chu, a former teacher and the current deputy legislative speaker. Hung, who supports friendly relations with China, will run against Tsai Ing-wen, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party chairwoman and an advocate of more cautious relations with Beijing. Tsai leads in opinion polls ahead of January's election.

Ties with Beijing, long icy but cordial since 2008, have shaped up as an early campaign issue.

New species of feather-winged dinosaur unearthed in China

The new species named Zhenyuanlong suni is a close cousin of the dinosaur predator Velociraptor.

Scientists said the new addition, which lived around 125 million years ago, had multiple layers of dense feathers covering both its wings and tail. Experts, however, believe the feathers are more for display instead of flying.

FEATURE: China already number one, says the IMF

The IMF’s new data set, released in April with its latest World Economic Outlook report, estimates that in real terms (corrected for price differences, that is), China’s output in 2014 edged ahead of the United States for the first time. There was little between them: assuming its national accounts are correct, China produced goods and services worth US$17.6 trillion, just $198 billion more than US production of US$17.4 trillion.

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US: More than 21 million affected by government data breach

The Office of Personnel Management says more than 19 million who had applied for background investigations were affected. The government also said nearly 2 million people were also affected who weren't applicants, but rather their spouses or other family members.

US stocks open lower as China fails to halt market slide

The Dow Jones industrial average declined 132 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,649 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

The Standard & Poor's 500 gave up 13 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,068. The Nasdaq fell 32 points, or 0.7 percent, to 4,965.

Stocks fell 6 percent in Shanghai despite the Chinese government's latest efforts to shore up the market. Chinese stocks have plunged in the last month but are still up 70 percent over the past year.

European markets were broadly higher as talks continue on Greece's debt woes.

China to create $19B fund to support plunging stock market

Twenty one Chinese securities companies, in a statement released Saturday, said they would pledge no less than 120 billion yuan ($19.33 billion) to invest in Chinese stocks. The securities companies also said they would continue to invest in the market as long the Shanghai Composite index remains below 4,500. It closed at 3,686 on Friday.

Chinese regulators have also decided to suspend new Chinese initial public offerings, according to The Wall Street Journal.

World stocks drift lower ahead of Greek vote; China plunges

KEEPING SCORE: European stocks were mixed in early trading, with France's CAC 40 slipping 0.1 percent to 4,828.72 while Germany's DAX was flat at 11,096.84. Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.1 percent lower to 6,622.15. U.S. markets were closed for the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Bus falls off bridge, killing 10 South Koreans

The accident took place Wednesday after the vehicle left the northeastern Chinese city of Ji'an and was about halfway to its destination of Dandong, which borders North Korea, the official Xinhua News agency said.

China's Foreign Ministry said 28 people were aboard the bus — 26 South Koreans plus one driver and one tour guide from China. Ten South Koreans and the driver were killed, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, expressing condolences to the victims.