• Australia, Malaysia vow to keep searching to solve plane mystery

    By Byron Kaye PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Australia and Malaysia vowed on Wednesday to keep searching for a missing Malaysian plane despite no sign of wreckage after almost seven weeks, and as bad weather again grounded aircraft and an undersea drone neared the end of its first full mission. But…

  • Hole in Afghan budget stirs unease as West starts packing bags

    By Jeremy Laurence and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants' salaries, officials say, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and foreign troops prepare to go…

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  • First candidate for Syria's presidential election steps forward

    By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian lawmaker has nominated himself for president, state media said on Wednesday, the first candidate in an election likely to cement President Bashar al-Assad's rule over a country devastated by civil war. Assad has yet to formally declare his…

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  • Mount Everest avalanche: Sherpas reconsider their perilous profession

    By Nepal’s standards, Kaji Sherpa was on a solid career track. After working as a porter to foreign mountaineers, last year he ascended to the top rank of his profession, becoming a climbing Sherpa, which meant he would accompany foreign climbers to the peak of Mt. Everest. Carried down by…

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  • Francis Slakey moves from scaling heights to greening cities

    Francis Slakey has climbed the world's tallest peaks and surfed its seven seas. Dr. Slakey is executive director of the new Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million prize that will be awarded to the US community of between 5,000 and 250,000 residents that shows the greatest ability to cut…

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  • Kiev restarts 'anti-terrorist' operation in east Ukraine after killing of politician

    Ukraine’s interim government said today that it would renew a security operation against pro-Russian gunmen in the country’s east, prompting Russian criticism and underscoring concern that a deal signed last week to defuse tension is unraveling. “The security forces are working on the liquidation…

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  • Elizabeth Warren memoir: 5 things we learned about liberal hero

    Liberal darling Elizabeth Warren, freshman Democratic US senator from Massachusetts, released her memoir April 22, “A Fighting Chance.” In it, Senator Warren takes us through the phases of her life: her working-class childhood in Oklahoma, her early marriage and motherhood, her career as a law…

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  • FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.

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  • Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence.

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  • SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching a new, more complicated phase, with an official…

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  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships.

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  • SKorean city full of grief prepares for more

    ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for many, many more pictures.

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  • Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls "false" reports that the country's intelligence service shot one of its top anchors.

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  • Major international effort seen as crucial to end S.Sudan carnage

    As ethnic massacres in South Sudan spiral out of control and politicians lose their grip on rampaging militias, only a concerted international effort stands any chance of ending the four-month-old civil war, analysts say. The past week has been described by a senior UN official as the "most bleak"…

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  • Florida university opens TB lab in Haiti

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The University of Florida on Wednesday opened a state-of-the-art lab in Haiti to train researchers to better understand and fight tuberculosis.

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  • Syria lawmaker becomes first presidential challenger

    A communist MP has registered as the first challenger for the Syrian presidency in a June election expected to return incumbent Bashar al-Assad to power, the parliament speaker said Wednesday. "We have received information from the higher constitutional court that member of parliament Maher Abdel…

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  • Bahrain expels envoy of Shiite Ayatollah Sistani

    Authorities in Sunni-ruled Bahrain on Wednesday expelled the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in the latest manifestation of tension with the kingdom's Shiite majority. Najati "practised unclear activities, without coordinating with authorities which discovered afterwards that he…

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  • Quotes from voters in AP Global Football 10

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  • No victor in Lebanon first-round presidential vote

    Lebanon's parliament failed to elect a new president on Wednesday, with no candidate securing the two-thirds of the votes needed to win and many lawmakers leaving their ballots blank. With the parliament divided between two powerful blocs, one centred around the Hezbollah movement and the other…

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  • Washington calls S.Sudan violence an 'abomination'

    The White House has expressed horror at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan's civil war, where rebels have been accused of massacring hundreds of civilians. The rebels seized the oil hub of Bentiu last week, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted…

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