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Famed Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave dies at 78

Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He was 78.

 Myanmar president signs off on contested population law

Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior US diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.

 Guyana's leader forms cabinet, seeks to boost energy sector

Guyana's new president has appointed 27 ministers to his cabinet after his opposition coalition won the South American country's general election.

 Islamic State poised to become 'serious threat' in Libya: UN envoy

The United Nations envoy on Libya says that Islamic State extremists can "become a very serious threat" in the country within months if rival governments fail to reach a unity deal.

 Austria: 5 killed as train hits car at railroad crossing

Police in Austria say five people were killed when their car was hit by a train at a railroad crossing.

 China-Taiwan talks seek to maintain momentum for closer ties

Negotiators from Taiwan and China have met for talks on a range of issues in an attempt to maintain momentum for the forging of closer ties in the face of a skeptical Taiwanese public.

 US regulators order pipeline testing after massive oil spill

The company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators have said.

 Two men arrested in California in terrorism probe

Two California men arrested by the FBI wanted to join the Islamic State group and bought a plane ticket for one of them to travel to Turkey with the hope of becoming a martyr, US prosecutors said today.

 Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery: US officials

Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops, including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, US defense officials said today.

 Lack of 'justice' fuelling extremism: Egypt president

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led a massive crackdown on Islamists, says the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater "freedom, equality and justice."