• Chemical weapons watchdog weighs chlorine attack probe in Syria: sources

    By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission on his own initiative to investigate reports of chlorine gas attacks there, sources said. Syria became a…

  • Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies

    By Mark Felsenthal and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the…

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  • Iran dismisses U.S. criticism of its election to U.N. NGO committee

    Iran on Thursday rejected U.S. criticism of its election to the United Nations' committee on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), saying Washington's rebuke came from "baseless accusations" and violated the spirit of cooperation needed at the world body. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power on…

  • Why Chicago's bid for an Obama Library could be a problem for the president

    It’s campaign season in the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago – not just on behalf of any candidate, but for public officials who are bidding to win two world-class museums they say will boost tourism and enrich the state’s cultural cache. On Wednesday, a task force assigned by Chicago…

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  • Security tops agenda for Obama's Philippines visit

    For President Obama and the Philippines, it’s better late than never. More than six months after the federal government shutdown led the president to cancel a swing through the Asia-Pacific region – setting off alarm bells in Asian capitals – Obama will touch down in Manila Monday, April 28, for…

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  • Cliven Bundy on 'the Negro': Why his words aren't a huge surprise

    The “Battle of Bunkerville” – the ongoing grazing standoff between old-school Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal Bureau of Land Management – was, of course, never just about cattle grazing. “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Mr. Bundy, who with help from armed…

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  • What Simon Ostrovsky's detention means for Ukraine's information wars

    After being locked up by pro-Russia separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, American journalist Simon Ostrovsky was "safely released" on Thursday evening, culminating four days of confusion and conflicting accusations that underscore a dark new reality for reporters in eastern…

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  • Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Costa Rican government says it's waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it improperly devised a secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries'…

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  • Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers

    NEW YORK (AP) — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.

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  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan government security guard opened fire Thursday on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.

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  • Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's sworn enemy.

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  • Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia began new military exercises near its border with Ukraine, the defense minister announced Thursday, after Ukrainian forces launched an operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east.

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  • Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday.

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  • China set to punish web giant Sina for pornography

    BEIJING (AP) — China plans to revoke two crucial publication licenses for, which might partially ban the web giant's operations, because obscene content was found during an anti-pornography crackdown, state media said Thursday.

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  • Madagascar to drain crude from stricken tanker

    Madagascar will during the weekend pump crude from a tanker that ran aground a week ago off its picturesque northern coast to prevent a spill, maritime authorities said Thursday. The 120-metre (393-foot) Bahamian-flagged Tromso, laden with 10,000 cubic metres of crude oil, got stricken last week…

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left more than…

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  • 'One Heart' radio's rare voice for peace in C.Africa

    Bambari (Central African Republic) (AFP) - The premises of Be-Oko ("One Heart") radio in the town of Bambari are miserable but its mission immense: amid brutal sectarian violence, its call for peace hopes to stop this town in the Central African Republic from tearing itself apart. In December…

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  • Residents of conflictive Rio slum stage protest

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Residents of a Rio de Janeiro slum that saw deadly clashes with police earlier this week are staging a protest in the Copacabana beach neighborhood.

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  • US OKs first-ever DNA alternative to Pap smear

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have cleared a genetic test from Roche as the first ever U.S.-approved alternative to the Pap smear, the decades-old mainstay of cervical cancer screening.

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  • Palestinian unity deal faces reality check

    Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - This week's Palestinian reconciliation deal faces a swift reality check, with president Mahmud Abbas the focus of both Israeli fury and US concern and Hamas seeking to salvage relations with Egypt. "Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) had no option…

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