• U.S., Japan unveil new defense guidelines for global Japanese role

    By Arshad Mohammed NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation on Monday, reflecting Japan's willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea. …

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  • Saudis pound arms depots in Yemen as bread, medicine run short

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN (Reuters) - The humanitarian situation in Yemen has become catastrophic, relief officials said on Monday, as Saudi-led aircraft pounded Iran-allied Houthi militiamen and rebel army units for a second day, dashing hopes for a pause in fighting to let aid in. Residents…

  • U.S. POW wants Japan leader to accept responsibility for wartime past

    By Nathan Layne WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lester Tenney, a 94-year-old American survivor of the 1942 Bataan Death March, said he hoped to deliver a simple message about wartime responsibility to Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe if the two meet in Washington this week. Tenney is among about 200…

  • Kentucky judge upholds Christian printer's refusal to print gay pride T-shirts

    A state judge in Kentucky on Monday upheld the right of a printing company owned by devout Christians to refuse to produce T-shirts promoting a gay pride festival. Circuit Judge James Ishmael reversed an October 2014 decision by a local human rights commission that found the company violated an…

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  • Tsarnaev defense: spare him the death penalty, put him in supermax prison

    The final act of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial began Monday with his defense team laying out in its opening statement why its client should be spared the death penalty. In front of a courtroom at almost full capacity, defense attorney David Bruck opened the morning session with a soft and measured…

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  • How Ted Cruz came off looking inclusive in N.Y. gay rights spat

    Last week, conservative firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife stopped by the Central Park penthouse of two wealthy gay businessmen to have dinner and a friendly “fireside chat” about their mutually fervent support for the state of Israel. By Sunday, however, one of the gay businessmen, Ian Reisner,…

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  • How the US is helping Nepal after the earthquake

    Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that the United States will send an additional $9 million in relief to Nepal after the country was devastated on Saturday by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake outside the capital of Kathmandu. This addition brings the total amount of US disaster assistance…

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  • Asian markets tepid ahead of major earnings, Fed meeting

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were lukewarm Tuesday, taking a cue from losses on Wall Street ahead of earnings from major Asian companies and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.

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  • Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer urges jury to spare his life

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers urged a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as "a good kid" who was led down the path to terrorism by his fanatical older brother.

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  • Australia can't do more for death row prisoners in Indonesia

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister has defended Prime Minister Tony Abbott against online criticism that he has not done enough to save the lives of two Australians on death row in Indonesia.

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  • Quake moves Kathmandu but Everest height unchanged: experts

    The earthquake that devastated Nepal and left thousands of people dead shifted the earth beneath Kathmandu by up to several metres south, but the height of Mount Everest likely stayed the same, experts said Tuesday. According to early seismological data obtained from sound waves which travel…

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  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — As the death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake climbed past 4,000, aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine. Help poured in after Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake, with countries large and…

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  • Captain of doomed ferry sentenced to life in prison

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly school children, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.

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  • PetroChina profit down 82 percent on low oil price

    BEIJING (AP) — State-owned PetroChina Ltd., Asia's biggest oil and gas producer, says its quarterly profit declined 82 percent from a year earlier due to a sharp decline in oil prices.

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  • Capitals beat Islanders to advance in NHL playoffs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rookie Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov skated around every opponent on the ice, putting Washington ahead with less than 7 1/2 minutes left in Game 7 Monday as the Capitals beat the New York Islanders 2-1 to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs.

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  • Appeals court convicts S. Korea ferry captain of murder

    A South Korean appeals court on Tuesday found the captain of the Sewol ferry that sank a year ago guilty of murdering the 304 people who died in the disaster and upped his sentence to life imprisonment. The ruling in the southern city of Gwangju overturned a lower court decision which had…

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  • In quake-hit Nepal, rescuers struggle to recover the dead

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — For hours after Nepal was shaken by one of the most intense earthquakes here in nearly a century, 12-year-old Neha Chumda screamed for help.

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