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ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE (AP) — Ash Carter is promising there's more to come in the battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. defense secretary met today with naval commanders on U.S. and French warships in the Persian Gulf. Carter visited the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which is expected to begin launching airstrikes against IS from the Gulf soon. He also talked to American troops on the USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship.

ABOARD THE USS KEARSARGE (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is calling an U.S. airstrike that may have killed a number of Iraqi soldiers "regrettable." He says it appears to have been "a mistake that involved both sides." Carter adds that "These kinds of things happen when you're fighting side by side as we are."

BEIJING (AP) — China's Defense Ministry is accusing the U.S. of committing a "serious military provocation" by flying two Air Force B-52 bombers over a Chinese-controlled man-made island in the South China Sea earlier this month. The Pentagon is indicating the Dec. 10 mission may have strayed off course. A spokesman says there was "no intention of flying within 12 nautical miles of any feature."

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a Palestinian man has stabbed three Israelis on the Jewish Sabbath, seriously wounding one of them, before being shot and arrested by Israeli security forces. Police say today's attack occurred in the central city of Raanana. It's the latest incident in a three-month spree of near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis that have killed 20. At least 116 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

SANYA, China (AP) — Miss Spain is the new Miss World. The competition in China has been dogged by controversy over China's refusal to allow Canada's entrant to attend. The Chinese-born Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, is an outspoken critic of Chinese religious policy and a follower of the Falun Gong (FAH'-luhn goong) meditation practice, which was outlawed by China in 1999.

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