• Iran's Zarif not worried about pushback from hardliners on nuclear deal

    By Michelle Moghtader Abu Dhabi (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he does not fear opposition from hardliners as he leads negotiations to reach a comprehensive agreement about Iran's nuclear program with world powers by the end of July. "I am optimistic" that a deal will be…

  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet on Wednesday, U.S. says

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. The two sides will meet despite Israeli anger at the killing of an off-duty Israeli policeman in the occupied West Bank on Monday on the…

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  • Rebel videos show first U.S.-made rockets in Syria

    By Peter Apps LONDON (Reuters) - Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war. They would signal a further internationalization of the conflict, with new rockets…

  • Obamacare’s next chapter: More insurance firms opting 'in' than 'out'?

    President Obama’s health-care exchanges appear poised to keep growing – not just in the number of people enrolled but in the number of insurance firms participating and offering coverage. That’s the early indication, at least, as the 2014 enrollment period closes and as insurers begin to ramp up…

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  • Nevada rancher vs. federal agents: a very old conflict suddenly made new

    For now, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has his cattle, and the Bureau of Land Management has stepped down from a fight over grazing on public land that seemed likely to grow violent. But the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has promised to pursue the matter in the courts, and militia groups who…

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  • Russian aircraft buzz US Navy destroyer: How big a deal?

    When Russian attack aircraft buzzed the USS Donald Cook in the international waters of the Black Sea, even as tensions in the region ratchet up, Pentagon officials decried the move as “provocative.” How big a deal are these “provocative” actions on the part of the Russian military – or were these…

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  • Gruff and stoic, Boston shows its heart on bombing anniversary

    On the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings Tuesday, the nation turned its attention back to Boston in memory of those who lost their lives, in recognition of those who ran toward danger to help each other, and in celebration of the resilience of a city that came together. In a…

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  • Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising

    KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an "anti-terrorist operation" to try to restore authority over the restive…

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  • South Korea says 295 missing in ferry disaster

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.

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  • Robot sub returns to water after 1st try cut short

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner.

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  • Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message

    CAIRO (AP) — In his weekly sermon, Muslim cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments. That prompted a complaint to authorities from a judge, who accused him of criticizing a recent mass death sentence issued against…

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  • Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A recent graduate of the University of Calgary was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.

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  • Official: Iran will not discuss missile program

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's defense minister says Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program.

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  • William, Kate and baby George kick off Australia tour

    Prince William and his wife Kate flew into Sydney on Wednesday with their baby son George to kick off the Australian leg of their tour Down Under. The royals disembarked from an Australian air force 737 under sunny skies after arriving from New Zealand, an AFP photographer said. Eight-month-old…

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government says 295 people are still missing several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Officials say at least two died and seven were injured. A government official earlier said…

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  • Tesco announces annual net profit of £974m

    London (AFP) - Supermarket group Tesco on Wednesday announced a massive jump in annual net profits, but its underlying performance showed a fall.

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  • Up to 295 still missing in S. Korea ferry capsize

    South Korean officials said as many as 295 people were still unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 477 passengers and crew capsized off the south coast on Wednesday. As the government retracted an earlier announcement that 368 people had been rescued, the South Korean coastguard said it could…

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  • Suzuki joins fuel efficiency race with simplified hybrid system

    Japanese small-car maker Suzuki Motor Corp said on Wednesday it will introduce an affordable, simplified gas-electric hybrid technology in its cars, joining rivals in the race for fuel efficiency. Japan's fourth-biggest car maker, which has largely focused on internal combustion engines, said it…

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  • 2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government says 295 people are still missing several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Officials say at least two died and seven were injured.

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