• Exclusive - Japan eyes military aid to spur defense exports, build security ties: sources

    By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering creating a government-backed financing arm for weapons exports, a move that would accelerate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's shift away from the country's pacifist past and strengthen Tokyo's regional security ties as China's…

  • Pakistan under pressure to save trade agenda at South Asia summit

    By Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - South Asian leaders will pile pressure on Pakistan on Thursday to salvage a summit in Nepal by agreeing to electricity sharing and the free movement of vehicles across borders, measures aimed at boosting trade among nearly a quarter of the world's people.…

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  • U.S. drone strike in Pakistan kills five suspected militants

    By Javed Hussain PARICHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone killed five suspected militants in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, a militant and a government official said, as the intensity of air strikes grew as part of an anti-Taliban offensive by the Pakistani military. The drone strike hit a…

  • Turkey wars in Washington: Obama pardons, Boehner brines

    Lots of gobbling in Washington on Wednesday. At the White House, President Obama did the traditional thing and pardoned the national Thanksgiving turkey. Actually, two birds were involved – one named “Mac” and the other named “Cheese.” 

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  • Why US is mum on special ops raid that rescued hostages in Yemen

    There are two good reasons the cover-of-night, US-led commando raid that rescued eight Al Qaeda hostages in Yemen Tuesday received none of the fanfare and public back-slapping of previous successful counterterror operations.

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  • Heavy snow, sleet, rain muck up Thanksgiving travel: Where will it be worst?

    Millions of travelers hit the roads and skies Wednesday for the annual pilgrimage to grandma’s house – or wherever they planned to give thanks and feast on Thursday. But for many in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, the journey is shaping up to be a doozy, with rain,…

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  • Protested and provoked, police show restraint in Ferguson

    While the nation reacted with shock after Monday's images of raging fires and rampant looting in Ferguson, Mo., somewhat overlooked has been the restraint shown by area police toward hundreds of peaceful protesters – even those engaging in civil disobedience.

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  • Smith, Bibbs lead Virginia Tech past Miami (Ohio)

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Adam Smith scored 26 points, Justin Bibbs added 22 and Virginia Tech used a strong first half to defeat Miami (Ohio) 78-63 in the Riviera Division third-place game of the Cancun Classic on Wednesday.

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  • Rio wins legal battle over Olympic golf course

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A Rio de Janeiro judge on Wednesday denied a request from prosecutors to halt construction of the Olympic golf course because of environmental concerns, curtailing fears that the venue won't be ready in time for test events.

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  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Police arrested key student leaders as they cleared the most volatile of Hong Kong's three pro-democracy protest camps on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the 2-month-old movement in the former British colony. On the second day of the operation, police in helmets swiftly removed metal…

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  • South Korea starts trial for Japanese journalist

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A trial has begun for a Japanese journalist charged with defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry disaster in April because she was with a man.

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  • Atletico Mineiro wins 1st Brazilian Cup title

    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Atletico Mineiro defeated rival Cruzeiro 1-0 to win its first Brazilian Cup title with a 3-0 aggregate score.

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  • Young sister of North Korean leader takes senior party post: KCNA

    SEOUL (Reuters) - The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers' Party, state media reported on Thursday, consolidating a third generation of Kim family rule in the secretive state. Kim Yo Jong, who is believed to be 27, had previously…

  • Spurs' Popovich undergoes medical procedure

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will miss Wednesday night's game against the Indiana Pacers after undergoing what the team is calling a minor medical procedure.

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  • Bulgaria charges radical imam with supporting Islamic State

    By Angel Krasimirov SOFIA (Reuters) - A Bulgarian imam and six others detained during a special operation by security forces earlier this week have been charged with supporting the ultra-radical militant group Islamic State, Bulgarian prosecutors said on Wednesday. Charges against Muslim prayer…

  • Group reports uptick in Haiti cholera patients

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's health system still does not have the capacity to adequately treat cholera patients and there has been an uptick in cases in the country's capital, an official with the international medical group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday.

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  • East Coast storm hampers Thanksgiving travel

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast snarled traffic and disrupted flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of…

  • Proud Wenger hits back at critics

    London (AFP) - Arsene Wenger celebrated Arsenal's progress to the last 16 of the Champions League by taking a swipe at the critics inside and outside the Emirates Stadium.