• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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. 

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  • 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.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Japan volcano death toll hits 48 as new bodies found

    Tokyo (AFP) - The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 48 on Wednesday as rescuers discovered 12 new bodies in so-far unexplored areas of the ash-covered peak.

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  • APNewsBreak: Nazi hunter pushes for new probe

    BERLIN (AP) — The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation.

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 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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  • Police say a dozen more bodies have been found at summit of Japan volcano, raising toll to 48

    OTAKI, Japan (AP) — Police say a dozen more bodies have been found at summit of Japan volcano, raising toll to 48.

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  • Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca

    MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene…

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  • Australian Parliament passes counterterror laws

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Parliament has passed a raft of counterterrorism laws that extend secret service powers despite some lawmakers' concerns about its impact on press freedom.

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  • U.S. embassy issues warning after clashes in Myanmar

    By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - The U.S. embassy in Myanmar on Wednesday issued a warning to its citizens travel ling in eastern Myanmar after clashes between the military and ethnic minority rebels. Various rebels groups have battled the central government in Myanmar since shortly after its…

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  • Some financial firms moving to back-up sites amid Hong Kong protest fears

    By Michelle Price and Stephen Aldred HONG KONG (Reuters) - Some banks and other financial firms have begun moving staff to back-up premises on the outskirts of Hong Kong to prevent growing unrest in the financial hub from disrupting trading and other critical functions, two business services firms…

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  • Syria-linked militants release Lebanese soldier: sources, media

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist militants have released a Lebanese soldier they seized last month from a town at the border with Syria where they have clashed with the Lebanese army, security sources and state media said on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear why the soldier, identified by…

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  • Myanmar awards licenses to 9 foreign banks

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it has awarded licenses to nine foreign banks.

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