China military tries musical approach to image building

FILE - In this Friday, March 1, 2013 file photo, Chinese singer Song Zuying performs during the "Cultures of China, Festival of Spring" concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. China's military has dispatched ships and planes — even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors. Famed singer of patriotic anthems Song headlined a tour of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea's Spratly islands this week, underscoring Beijing's confidence in asserting its increasingly dominant position in the disputed region. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)China's military has a bulging arsenal of ships, warplanes and missiles, but this week, music is its weapon of choice. A new recruiting video aimed at Chinese millennials raised on pop tunes and video ...



The Latest: EU moves to extend border controls

Aded Rahim, left, and Mohammed Aziz, both from Syria, stand by a fire at at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. European Union countries that refuse to accept refugees under proposals to overhaul the EU's failed asylum laws could face large fines for each asylum seeker rejected. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and elsewhere (all times local):



Russia says planned truce in Syria's Aleppo disrupted by Nusra Front attacks: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A "regime of calm" in Syria's Aleppo was planned for May 3 but its introduction was disrupted by attacks by Nusra Front militants, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying on Wednesday. The "regime of calm" in Aleppo and its suburbs was originally planned to last for 24 hours and to be later extended for another two days, Konashenkov said. (Reporting by idia Kelly; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Jack Stubbs)
Graceland, home of Elvis, receives 20 millionth paid visitor

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2012, file photo, Elvis Presley fans visit his grave at Graceland, Presley's Memphis, Tenn., home. The operators of Graceland said the tourist attraction centered on the life and music of Elvis Presley has received its 20 millionth paid visitor Monday, May 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The operators of Graceland say the Memphis tourist attraction centered on the life and music of Elvis Presley has received its 20 millionth paid visitor.



Trump, Clinton all but certain to face off in fall campaign

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a primary night news conference, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Once dismissed as a fringe contender, businessman Donald Trump now is all but certain to lead the Republican Party into the fall presidential campaign against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton — a stunning political triumph for a first-time candidate whose appeal to frustrated voters was widely underestimated.





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