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- NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat
- Mom Tells Disabled Daughter Boston Marathon Bombs are Fireworks at Finish Line
- Vice President Biden Applauds Boston's Courage
- Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China
By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the expanding significance of one of Asia's most strategic regions and underscored a message that senior U.S. officials say President Barack Obama will make in Asia next week: The "pivot" of U.S. military and diplomatic assets toward the Asia-Pacific region is real. Washington's Asian allies, however, appear unconvinced. During Obama's four-nation tour of Asia that begins on April 23, his toughest challenge will be to reassure skeptical leaders that the United States intends to be more than just a casual observer and instead is genuinely committed to countering an increasingly assertive China in the region.
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- Vibrant colors for latest Giorgio Armani makeup collection
The Italian luxury brand is preparing for the arrival of summer with the bold and intense shades of its new makeup collection, Bright Ribbon. For the new line, Giorgio Armani Beauty's international makeup artist Linda Cantello created a palette of bright hues ranging from orange to dark purple, with plenty of pinks in between. Altogether, the collection includes six new colors. Armani's Rouge Sheer lip color, based on a translucent formula, and Nail Lacquer, a gel-textured polish, are both available in coral, mandarine, soft pink, electric pink and dark purple.
- Tennis-Nadal recovers from shaky start to go through
(Recasts after Nadal win, adds Federer quotes) April 16 (Reuters) - Claycourt machine Rafael Nadal recovered from a stuttering start to beat Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4 6-1 and reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday. Nadal, who is on a 29-match winning streak on clay, fell 2-0 down but the Spaniard levelled in the sixth game by breaking to love. Eight-times French Open champion Nadal, who has a 49-2 record in Monte Carlo after losing to Serb Novak Djokovic in last year's final, next faces Andreas Seppi of Italy. Earlier, former world number one Roger Federer barely broke sweat as he breezed into the third round with a 6-1 6-2 thrashing of Czech Radek Stepanek.