• Japan's Abe seeks to showcase close U.S. ties on landmark visit

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for White House talks on Tuesday to showcase newly strengthened defense ties and advance a long-delayed Pacific trade deal as the two allies seek to counter China’s rising influence in…

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  • S.Korea court finds ferry captain guilty of homicide for 304 deaths

    The captain of a South Korean ferry that sank last year, killing 304 people, was found guilty of homicide by an appeals court on Tuesday and sentenced to life in prison, overturning an earlier conviction for negligence. Prosecutors who had originally sought a homicide conviction for ferry captain…

  • 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. …

  • 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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  • Appeals court convicts South 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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  • Rescuers battle to reach Nepal quake victims

    Rescuers in Nepal battled Tuesday to reach remote communities devastated by a huge earthquake that has killed at least 4,310 people, as the impoverished country's leader said relief workers had still not reached many of the worst-hit areas. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told an emergency all-party…

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  • US, Japan widen defense ties in historic sea change

    The United States and Japan unveiled new rules for defense cooperation in a historic move that will give Japanese forces a wider global role amid concerns over China's rising sway. Under the revised guidelines, Japan could come to the aid of US forces threatened by a third country or, for example,…

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  • Climate indicators suggest El Nino is forming - Australian weather bureau

    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Climate indicators are nearing levels associated with an El Nino weather event, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday. Pacific Ocean sea temperatures now exceed El Nino thresholds, the bureau said, while trade winds have weakened over the last…

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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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  • Japanese police investigate projectile launch near US base

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police say they're investigating a possible attack on a U.S. Army base near Tokyo after finding a pair of launchers and a projectile following reports of explosions in the vicinity.

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  • Senate takes up bill on congressional approval of Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate begins debate Tuesday over legislation empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear pact the Obama administration develops with Iran.

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

    GORKHA, Nepal (AP) — Preparing to make a push into the most isolated parts of quake-devastated Nepal, soldiers on Tuesday were readying food, water and other emergency supplies to be loaded onto helicopters in this small town near the earthquake's epicenter. Gorkha, which would barely count as a…

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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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  • Obama, Abe putting joint face on trade amid opposition in US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will work to strengthen economic ties further while confronting stiff resistance from the U.S. president's own political party to a massive new Pacific Rim trade deal.

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  • Nepal troops ready aid for remote quake-hit villages

    GORKHA, Nepal (AP) — Preparing to make a push into the most isolated parts of quake-devastated Nepal, soldiers on Tuesday were readying food, water and other emergency supplies to be loaded onto helicopters in this small town near the earthquake's epicenter.

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  • Nine await execution in Indonesia, as foreign hopes for reprieve fade

    By Kanupriya Kapoor CILACAP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Nine drug traffickers were being held in isolation cells at an Indonesian maximum security prison on Tuesday awaiting execution by firing squad, after Indonesian authorities notified them they had no hope of reprieve. "We're hoping for a…