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  • Syrian opposition accuses Assad's forces of new poison gas attack

    Opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of a new poison gas attack in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, posting footage of four men being treated by medics. They said the chemical attack, the fourth the opposition has reported this month, was in the Harasta neighborhood. A…

    Reuters
  • Obama, Abe to battle negative images at U.S.-Japan summit

    By Linda Sieg and David Brunnstrom TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Barack Obama meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a summit next week, they will be battling negative undercurrents that could undermine their message that Asia's most important security alliance is firm. Obama,…

    Reuters
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  • Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

    By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the…

    Reuters
  • Privacy concerns? What Google now says it can do with your data

    Against a backdrop of growing privacy concerns, with every week bringing revelations of data breaches at government or corporate websites, online search behemoth Google quietly updated its terms of service Monday, spelling out just how much personal data it mines as part of its normal business…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Marathon bombings: Special restrictions harming Tsarnaev defense, lawyers say

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is not far from Boston. He is just 30 minutes from the city whose marquee event, its marathon, he and his older brother are accused of bombing a year ago. But, given the extremely limited contact he has with the world outside the Federal Medical Center in Ayer, Mass., Mr.…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Obama, Biden pitch job training: Do reforms go far enough?

    Both President Obama and House Republicans offered dueling messages Wednesday on an issue important to getting millions of Americans back to work and the national economy back on track. And for the 3.7 million “long-term unemployed” workers, who haven’t been able to find new jobs for half a year…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Democrats 'whooping' Republicans in fundraising game – or are they?

    One thing is clear from the first-quarter fundraising results: The 2014 midterms are likely to be the most expensive ever. Another: Democrats are doing well, at least when it comes to money. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised more than $10 million in March, and now sits…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there.

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  • Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome.

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  • Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Strong currents and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with cold water off the southern coast of South Korea, causing fury among families waiting for…

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  • NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.

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  • 20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities.

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  • Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Strong currents and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 289 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with cold water off the southern coast of South Korea, causing fury among families waiting for…

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  • Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Fears rose Thursday for the fate of 289 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. A coast guard official said the death toll was now confirmed at seven, but that is…

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  • Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election

    By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerians vote on Thursday in an election President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is widely expected to win after 15 years in power even though he has spoken rarely in public since suffering a stroke last year. With the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party,…

    Reuters
  • Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry sinking

    By Narae Kim JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean coastguard and navy divers resumed searching on Thursday for about 290 people still missing, many of them students from the same high school, after a ferry capsized in sight of land. Grieving family members gathered on the quay of the…

    Reuters
  • Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Fears rose Thursday for the fate of 289 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. A coast guard official said the death toll was now confirmed at seven, but that is…

    Associated Press
  • Bale leads Madrid 2-1 past Barca for Copa del Rey

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Gareth Bale filled the void left by the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, sealing Real Madrid's 19th Copa del Rey title with a late goal in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Barcelona.

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  • 5 things to know about Super Rugby round 10

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The 10th round of Super Rugby may be one of the most influential of the season so far, containing four derby matches and potentially difficult encounters for tournament front-runners.

    Associated Press
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