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  • Amid differences, Israel's Netanyahu to seek reassurances from Obama on Iran

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu meet for a new round in their often-tense relationship on Wednesday, facing differences over Iran diplomacy and Middle East peace efforts as well as complications from the U.S.-led fight against Islamic…

    Reuters
  • Japan volcano death toll likely to rise to around 46 as more victims found

    TOKYO (Reuters) - The death toll from Japan's worst volcanic eruption in decades is likely to rise to around 46 after as more victims were discovered on the ash-covered summit, media said on Wednesday. Military searchers resumed a recovery operation with helicopters early on Wednesday after…

    Reuters
  • Egypt offers military training to Libya, cites Islamic State threat

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability from the anarchy engulfing its neighbor. The offer was the latest sign of intervention by competing Arab powers in…

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  • Is US being weak - or careful - on Hong Kong protests?

    As pro-democracy protesters have filled central Hong Kong – and ignored orders to disband – the United States has toed a careful line: supporting Hong Kongers’ right to free expression, but avoiding public criticism of China and the political decisions out of Beijing that sparked the protests. 

    Christian Science Monitor
  • California wildfires: 2014 budget spent, as typical high-fire season begins

    As California heads into peak fire season – in the worst drought in state history – firefighters are already tapping into reserve funds.

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  • Federal judge rules Obamacare subsidies illegal. Will Supreme Court weigh in?

    A federal judge in Oklahoma on Tuesday struck down a key provision supporting the Affordable Care Act, in yet another judicial move that threatens to derail President Obama’s vision of national health care reform.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • India's sunny 'saffron revolution'

    On his first official trip to the United States this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi impressed President Obama with his plans to address “the needs of the poorest of the poor.” Two of the plans are pretty well known: more toilets and bank accounts for the poor. But a third has a…

    Christian Science Monitor
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  • Agonizing wait for last victims of S. Korean ferry

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — In a dimly lit gym on Jindo island, hundreds of families have received tragic news over the past six months, and a tormented few still wait for it.

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery

    YONGNING COUNTY, China (AP) — France's Moet Hennessy is betting on China's taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.

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  • Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters kept behind police barricades heckled Hong Kong's under-fire leader on Wednesday when he attended a flag-raising ceremony on China's National Day. The protesters, upset that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has refused to meet them, have threatened to expand…

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  • 12 killed as 2 trains collide in northern India

    LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A train overshot a stop signal and plowed into another express passenger train in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens, officials said Wednesday.

    Associated Press34 mins ago
  • Obama, Netanyahu to meet as Iran deadline looms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip heightened tensions between the two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship.

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  • Algeria's ailing president absent amid crises

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whether he's fit to rule the oil-rich North African nation — or indeed whether he's still doing so.

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  • U.S. sends 'Ironhorse' tanks to NATO's nervous Baltic front line

    By Peter Apps and Aija Krutaine WASHINGTON/RIGA (Reuters) - U.S. troops and tanks will deploy across the three Baltic states and Poland in the next two weeks on a mission designed to deliver an unmistakeable message of NATO resolve to Moscow. The "Ironhorse" armored cavalry unit, with around 700…

    Reuters53 mins ago
  • Indebted to America, Kosovo struggles to curb Islamist recruits

    By Fatos Bytyci KACANIK Kosovo (Reuters) - Born in Germany, Blerim Heta moved to his parents' native Kosovo as a 10-year-old boy in the wake of a NATO air war in 1999 to save the territory's ethnic Albanians from Serbian repression. They settled in Urosevac, where U.S. soldiers – greeted as heroes…

    Reuters56 mins ago
  • Indonesia inaugurates parliament likely to curb Widodo's reforms

    By Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia inaugurated a new, opposition-dominated parliament on Wednesday, one that is expected to obstruct incoming president Joko Widodo's ambitious reforms for Southeast Asia's biggest economy. Widodo, the popular former governor of the capital, Jakarta,…

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  • Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat dead at 87

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who presided over the city's transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, has died at the age of 87.

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