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Pentagon uninvites China from major U.S. military exercise
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Wednesday uninvited China from a major U.S.-hosted naval drill in response to what it sees as Beijing's militarization of islands in the South China Sea, a decision China called unconstructive.

U.S., in tit-for-tat, expels two Venezuelan envoys
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it has ordered two Venezuelan diplomats to leave the United States within 48 hours, a move that follows Venezuela's decision to expel two American diplomats.

China says finds no clues to explain U.S. sonic incident
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has found no clues to explain what happened to an American citizen working at a U.S. consulate who reported suffering from "abnormal" sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Ukraine puts Russian tycoon Deripaska on updated sanctions list
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine has placed Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, whose company Rusal owns a large alumina plant in Ukraine, and other prominent Russians on a recently expanded sanctions list, a document on the president's website showed on Thursday.

At least four killed, 15 wounded in Baghdad bomb blast
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least four people were killed and 15 wounded in a suicide attack in Iraq's capital Baghdad on Thursday, a military spokesman told Reuters.

Syrian state media says U.S. hit army posts, U.S. denies
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state media reported that the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State struck Syrian army positions in eastern Syria early on Thursday, but the U.S. military denied knowledge of it.