Fire at rest home in central China kills 38 people
05/26/2015 03:47 AM EDT - BEIJING (AP) — A fire swept through a rest home in central China, killing 38 people and injuring six, authorities said Tuesday. Full Story

For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart
05/26/2015 03:42 AM EDT - BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. Full Story

Report: Israeli leader offers talks over settlement blocs
05/26/2015 03:37 AM EDT - JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli newspaper says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to renew peace talks with the Palestinians. Full Story

Iraq announces launch of operation to drive IS from Anbar
05/26/2015 03:57 AM EDT - BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month. Full Story

Iraq announces launch of operation to retake western Anbar province from Islamic State
05/26/2015 03:22 AM EDT - BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq announces launch of operation to retake western Anbar province from Islamic State. Full Story

For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart
05/26/2015 03:12 AM EDT - BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. Full Story

Iran begins trial of detained Washington Post reporter
05/26/2015 03:07 AM EDT - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The closed trial of an American-Iranian reporter for the Washington Post detained in Iran for more than 10 months has begun in a court used to hear security cases. Full Story

Australia to pass law to strip citizenship for terror crimes
05/26/2015 02:32 AM EDT - CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia plans to pass a law within weeks to give the government power to strip citizenship from dual nationals who are suspected terrorists even if they are not convicted of a crime, the prime minister said Tuesday. Full Story

Afghan forces struggle as Taliban seeks northern stronghold
05/26/2015 02:27 AM EDT - KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents, their ranks swelled by foreign fighters pushed across the border from Pakistan, nearly surrounded this northern Afghan city last month with an offensive that stunned local authorities and raised concerns over their ability to defend the country without U. Full Story

Channeling Batman, Versailles: Macau's new wave of resorts
05/26/2015 02:22 AM EDT - MACAU (AP) — Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world's casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula. Full Story

China's army plays down South China Sea island-building
05/26/2015 02:22 AM EDT - BEIJING (AP) — China's military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region. Full Story

Asia stocks gain as China announcements spur Shanghai
05/26/2015 02:12 AM EDT - TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly gained Tuesday after China promoted an array of infrastructure projects as open to private investment and said it was slashing tariffs on imported clothing and other consumer goods. Full Story

Report: Iran summons Saudi envoy over Yemen strike
05/26/2015 01:51 AM EDT - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says the Foreign Ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia's envoy over an airstrike near Tehran's embassy in Yemen. Full Story

Australia to pass law to strip citizenship for terror crimes
05/26/2015 12:57 AM EDT - CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia plans to pass a law within weeks to give the government power to strip citizenship from dual nationals who are suspected terrorists even if they are not convicted of a crime, the prime minister said Tuesday. Full Story

China downplays South China Sea island development
05/26/2015 12:27 AM EDT - BEIJING (AP) — China is comparing its controversial island reclamation project in the South China Sea to ordinary construction going on in other parts of the country, such as the building of roads and apartments. Full Story

 
Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6

May 31: Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 85. Singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is 77. Keyboardist Augie Meyers of the Texas Tornadoes and the Sir Douglas Quintet is 75. Full Story
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David Letterman set trashed; Dumpster divers move in

Hours after the 'Late Show' finished taping, the crew began dismantling and throwing away iconic parts of David Letterman's set.