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China has in recent years rapidly built artificial islands in the South China Sea, which neighbours fear will be used as military outposts. (AFP Photo)

Hague court begins hearing into South China Sea row

An international tribunal on Tuesday began hearing a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea, in an increasingly bitter row with China.





President Barack Obama meets with President Francois Hollande (L) of France in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hollande and Obama vow unity against IS, appeal to Russia

France and the United States on Tuesday pledged to step up the fight against the Islamic State group, urging Russia to throw its weight behind global efforts to resolve the four-year Syria conflict.



US Federal Reserve Building. (AFP/Karen Bleier)

Nine Fed banks called for discount rate hike: Minutes

The number of regional Federal Reserve banks pushing for a hike in what commercial banks are charged for emergency loans rose to nine in October, a sign the US central bank may be close to tightening monetary policy, minutes from its discount rate meeting showed on Tuesday.

US economy grew 2.1% in third quarter

The US economy grew more strongly than first thought in the third quarter on higher investments in businesses and housing that offset a bit less momentum in key consumer spending.

Rally in oil shares lifts US stocks

A jump in petroleum-linked shares helped lift US stocks on Tuesday after the Turkish downing of a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border sparked a rally in the oil market.



File photo of the LionsXII winning the Malaysia FA Cup at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on 23 May 2015. (Photo by Goh Chiew Tong)

Football: LionsXII out of Malaysia Super League

In a post on its website, the FAM said it is not renewing the MOU signed with the Football Association of Singapore in 2011, and so the LionsXII will no longer play in the MSL beginning in 2016.



Puppets Ernie (L) and Bert from Sesame Street are seen after they were donated to the National Museum of American History to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Brighter, shorter 'Sesame Street' bows January on HBO

A new Latina character, different sets, shorter episodes and an updated theme song are coming to long-running children's show "Sesame Street" at its new home on cable channel HBO in January.

'Carol' leads indie movie Spirit Awards nominations

The lesbian romance "Carol" led the field for Film Independent's Spirit Awards with six nominations on Tuesday while the Catholic Church sex abuse tale "Spotlight" and the Netflix war thriller "Beasts of No Nation" picked up five each in the opening of the Hollywood awards season.







David Warren, a member of Christie's, appraises jewelry of former first lady Imelda Marcos during the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) appraisal of the confiscated jewelry collection from the Marcos family inside the Central Bank headquart

Rare, 25-carat pink diamond found among Imelda Marcos collection: Christie's

A rare 25-carat, barrel-shaped pink diamond has been found among the jewelry collection of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, Christie's said on Tuesday after the government asked the auction house to appraise her collection of rare stones.