• 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…

  • Obama, Modi work to deepen improving U.S.-India ties

    By Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed on Tuesday to deepen U.S.-Indian cooperation on maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation in what amounts to a response to China's naval muscle-flexing in…

  • Australia passes security law, raising fears for press freedom

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The first of a series of security powers requested by Australia's government to combat Islamist militants passed through parliament on Wednesday, despite criticism that they could land journalists in jail for reporting on national security. Australia is…

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Australia sends 2 unarmed support planes over Iraq

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister says the air force is sending two unarmed planes to support U.S.-led coalition combat operations over Iraq, but will not yet launch its own airstrikes.

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  • China ship sinks off Japan coast, 9 missing

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese coast guard rescuers are looking for nine people believed missing after a Chinese ship sank off Japan's western coast.

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  • Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. And it's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen.

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  • 2 suicide bomber attacks in Kabul kill 7, wound 21

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers in the Afghan capital targeted two buses carrying Afghan army troops on Wednesday, killing seven and wounding 21 people, police said.

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  • Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons

    BEIJING (AP) — The 10,000 pigeons released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.

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  • Japan volcano death toll hits 43 as new bodies found

    Tokyo (AFP) - Seven more bodies have been found by rescuers combing the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said Wednesday, taking the death toll to at least 43.

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  • Extreme piercing for purity in Thai vegetarian festival

    Phuket (Thailand) (AFP) - There is no pain once the gods enter your body, said Jampen Deebuk, after puncturing the cheeks of a young devotee with metal skewers at Thailand's bloody vegetarian festival.

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    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader attended a flag-raising ceremony Wednesday to mark China's National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took…

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  • Taliban bombs hit Afghan army vehicles, killing at least seven

    KABUL (Reuters) - Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked an army bus and another army vehicle in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, the government said, a day after Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-delayed security agreement. "An…

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  • Serena Williams headlines Hopman Cup field

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams will combine with Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock in the United States team which will compete in a star-studded Hopman Cup tournament in January.

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  • Hong Kong democracy protesters and officials mark uneasy National Day

    By Donny Kwok and Irene Jay Liu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, as demonstrations spread to a new area of the city, ratcheting up pressure on its pro-Beijing government. There…

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