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  • Japan PM Abe appoints China-friendly lawmakers to key posts

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked two veteran lawmakers with friendly ties to China for top party posts on Wednesday in an apparent signal of hope for a thaw in chilly ties with Beijing and a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The change in executives in Abe's Liberal Democratic Party…

    Reuters41 mins ago
  • HK activists say Beijing 'brutally strangled' democracy, vow action

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - A pro-democracy movement that has threatened to blockade Hong Kong's financial district has said Beijing "brutally strangled" its fight for full democracy and vowed to take action. On Monday, Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists after China's…

    Reuters
  • Fukushima workers sue Tepco over unpaid wages, reliance on contractors

    By Kevin Krolicki IWAKI Japan (Reuters) - A group of Fukushima workers on Wednesday sued Tokyo Electric for unpaid wages in a potentially precedent-setting legal challenge to the utility and its reliance on contractors to shut down a nuclear plant destroyed by the industry's worst accident since…

    Reuters
  • Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial has its first day in court

    Detroit’s bankruptcy finally entered the courtroom Tuesday, beginning the final phase of a trial to determine if the city can emerge from under the weight of $18 billion in debt. It has taken Detroit 14 months of mediation, legal wrangling, and behind-closed-door negotiations with creditors and…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Yelp! engaged in ‘hard bargaining,’ not extortion, appeals court says

    A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit filed by small business owners who accused Yelp! Inc., of attempting to extort advertising payments by manipulating positive and negative reviews of their businesses. A three-judge panel of the Ninth US Circuit Court of…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Obama approval rating slumping even in bluest of the blue California

    In a development many say harbingers ill for US Democrats everywhere in the midterm elections, President Obama’s approval ratings have fallen to a record low in California. A statewide Field Poll, released Tuesday, found that nearly as many Californians disapprove of the president’s job…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Federal judge takes up contentious Texas voter ID law

    A federal judge took up the Obama administration’s challenge to a stringent voter ID law in Texas Tuesday in the first test of the Voting Rights Act weakened by the US Supreme Court last year. For two years, Texas voters have been required to show an approved form of identification before entering…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

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  • Japan PM selects new Cabinet, 5 women picked

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister picked a record-matching five women for his Cabinet.

    Associated Press19 mins ago
  • Japanese PM keeps core members in cabinet reshuffle

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe brought in a rival and appointed women to nearly a third of the posts in a revamped cabinet unveiled on Wednesday, but kept key ministers in a reshuffle aimed at unifying his party and polishing his image. Core members such as Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide…

    Reuters19 mins ago
  • Australia to sign uranium trade deal with India

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that he will sign a uranium export deal with India for peaceful power generation this week, but added that exports of the nuclear fuel to Russia have been banned until further notice.

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Second Syria beheading raises stakes for US

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists have released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warned President Barack Obama that continuing airstrikes against the group in Iraq will be met with the killing of more Western captives.

    Associated Press25 mins ago
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  • Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's lawmakers rallied behind the country's embattled prime minister Tuesday in an emergency session, even as thousands of protesters remained camped outside of parliament demanding his ouster. Speaking for the government in the joint session of Pakistan's National Assembly…

    Associated Press26 mins ago
  • Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states…

    Associated Press52 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's lawmakers rallied behind the country's embattled prime minister Tuesday in an emergency session, even as thousands of protesters remained camped outside of parliament demanding his ouster. Speaking for the government in the joint session of Pakistan's National Assembly…

    Associated Press56 mins ago
  • Ramirez removed as PDVSA head, oil minister in Venezuela shake-up

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday pushed Rafael Ramirez from his twin posts as oil minister and a chief of state oil firm PDVSA in a cabinet shake-up that opposition critics said fell short of the overhaul needed to reverse the OPEC nation’s economic decline. Maduro promoted former…

    Reuters58 mins ago
  • McGrath to coach Indian pacers at MRF academy

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Australia test paceman great Glenn McGrath will have a hand in coaching India's promising fast bowlers after the Indian cricket board signed an agreement with his Chennai-based bowling academy.

    Associated Press