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  • Pope on Ash Wednesday: charity's not to please ourselves

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rubbed ashes on the bowed heads of prelates, nuns and ordinary Catholics Wednesday, and had them smudged on his own head, too, to usher in the Lenten season of prayer and sacrifice he said must be done out of authentic love, not to satisfy one's conscience.

    Associated Press
  • North Korea may get plutonium from restarted reactor in weeks: U.S.

    North Korea, which conducted its fourth nuclear test last month and launched a long-range rocket on Saturday, could begin to recover plutonium from a restarted nuclear reactor within weeks, the director of U.S. National Intelligence said on Tuesday. James Clapper said that in 2013, following its…

    Reuters
  • Russia says planned U.S. missile shield in South Korea can trigger arms race in region

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that U.S. plans to build a missile shield in South Korea could trigger an arms race in Northeast Asia. The Pentagon confirmed on Monday that it will start formal talks with South Korea on deploying an advanced missile defense system to…

    Reuters
  • How to trap elephant poachers with their own technology

    The chase was the result of new breakthroughs in Tanzania's fight against an increasingly rapacious poaching trade, which has felled 60 percent of the country's elephant population in the past five years. The agents' target that day was Yang Feng Glan, a 66-year-old Chinese national dubbed the…

    Reuters
  • Asahi offers to buy Peroni, Grolsch beers from AB Inbev

    LONDON (AP) — Budweiser-maker AB InBev has received a binding offer of 2.55 billion euros ($2.85 billion) for the European beer brands Grolsch, Peroni and Meantime — a sale that is meant to address regulatory concerns about its mega merger with SABMiller.

    Associated Press
  • U.N. drive to lift up poor farmers must focus on climate: experts

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new push to give farmers in developing countries better access to markets, led by the United Nations' food aid agency, could fall short of its goals if it does not prioritize helping poor farmers adapt to climate change, experts have warned.…

    Reuters
  • India launches campaign for deworming millions of children

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of Indian children are getting deworming treatment in a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and impairing their mental and physical development.

    Associated Press
  • S. African scrutiny over Zuma's ties to Indian family

    Political scandals, huge economic deals and even extravagant wedding party controversies -- an immigrant family that is one of South Africa's wealthiest is accused by critics of wielding immense power behind the scenes. The Guptas, an Indian family that moved to the country in the 1990s, are…

    AFP
  • Japan imposes sanctions on North Korea after satellite launch

    Japan on Wednesday said it was imposing sanctions on North Korea after a satellite launch seen by Washington and its allies, including Tokyo, as cover for development of ballistic missile technology that could be used to deliver a nuclear weapon. The news followed South Korea's announcement that…

    Reuters
  • Pakistan picks uncapped Raees and Nawaz for World Twenty20

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan selected uncapped bowlers Rumman Raees and Mohammad Nawaz on Wednesday for the upcoming Asia Cup and World Twenty20, and has dropped opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad.

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  • Japan says El Nino has weakened, weather to return to normal by summer

    Japan's meteorology agency said on Wednesday that the El Nino weather pattern, which is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts, had somewhat weakened and that the weather would likely return to normal by summer. The Japan Meteorological Agency said last month that the El Nino phenomenon…

    Reuters
  • Australia commits to legal growing of medicinal marijuana

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian lawmakers committed on Wednesday to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.

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  • Disputes over South China Sea must not involve 'bullying': White House:

    By Matt Spetalnick and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will deliver a tough message to China during a summit with Southeast Asian countries next week that disputes in the South China Sea must be resolved peacefully and not with a big nation “bullying” smaller neighbors,…

    Reuters
  • Controversial trial of Islamic opposition opens in Tajikistan

    Thirteen members of a moderate Islamist opposition party went on trial behind closed doors in volatile Tajikistan on Tuesday, accused of fanning a wave of unrest that killed dozens of people last year. The high-profile proceedings in the ex-Soviet republic could mark the end of any formal…

    AFP
  • AP Interview: Sheikh Salman urges 1 candidate in FIFA poll

    PARIS (AP) — FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman is calling on voters to agree on a single candidate ahead of the election.

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  • The Latest: Norway investigating migrant child abuse cases

    GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

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  • Closely fought Philippine presidential race gets underway

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine presidential candidates launched their campaigns Tuesday in festive showbiz-style rallies to draw in the crowds in what is emerging as a closely fought contest to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies.

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