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China announced it would cut 300,000 troops to streamline its vast army Thursday, at a spectacular WWII anniversary parade where it put its military might on display but pledged to work for world peace. At he presided over an unmistakable show of strength that included the unveiling of "carrier-killer" ballistic missiles, President Xi Jinping vowed the People’s Liberation Army –- the world’s largest -- would be a force for good. With disquiet rising over China's increasing willingness to push its point in an array of territorial disputes, most Western leaders stayed away from the extravaganza in Tiananmen Square, where Chinese troops crushed democracy protests in 1989.
New York (AFP) - A US federal judge on Thursday overturned a four-game suspension imposed on New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady by the National Football League for his alleged role in the "Deflate-gate" controversy.
By Steve Bittenbender ASHLAND, Ky. (Reuters) - A county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds heads to U.S. federal court on Thursday where a judge could hold her in contempt for defying his order to do so. Lawyers for Kim Davis, the elected Rowan County clerk who is an Apostolic Christian, on Wednesday asked U.S. District Judge David Bunning to temporarily block his order requiring her to issue marriage licenses while she appeals. Davis has refused to issue licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, citing her religious beliefs.