• Australia, Malaysia vow to keep searching to solve plane mystery

    By Byron Kaye PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Australia and Malaysia vowed on Wednesday to keep searching for a missing Malaysian plane despite no sign of wreckage after almost seven weeks, and as bad weather again grounded aircraft and an undersea drone neared the end of its first full mission. But…

  • Hole in Afghan budget stirs unease as West starts packing bags

    By Jeremy Laurence and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants' salaries, officials say, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and foreign troops prepare to go…

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  • Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

    The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to implement a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference. The move envisions forming a unity government within five weeks and holding national elections…

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  • Kiev restarts 'anti-terrorist' operation in east Ukraine after killing of politician

    Ukraine’s interim government said today that it would renew a security operation against pro-Russian gunmen in the country’s east, prompting Russian criticism and underscoring concern that a deal signed last week to defuse tension is unraveling. “The security forces are working on the liquidation…

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  • Elizabeth Warren memoir: 5 things we learned about liberal hero

    Liberal darling Elizabeth Warren, freshman Democratic US senator from Massachusetts, released her memoir April 22, “A Fighting Chance.” In it, Senator Warren takes us through the phases of her life: her working-class childhood in Oklahoma, her early marriage and motherhood, her career as a law…

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  • Should powdered alcohol be on the market? Critics say no way

    On April 8, the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved labels for the packaging of Palcohol. While the owner of Palcohol, Lipsmark, pointed to technical problems with the labels, some others contend that the federal government rethought its decision. “It’s easy to hide…

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  • Groups react to Supreme Court decision upholding ban on race-based admissions

    Reaction to the US Supreme Court decision on Tuesday upholding a Michigan constitutional ban on race-conscious affirmative action programs was as divided and heated as the underlying debate over racial preferences in college admissions. Those who opposed the use of racial preferences praised the…

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  • FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.

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  • Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence.

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  • SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching a new, more complicated phase, with an official…

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  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships.

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  • SKorean city full of grief prepares for more

    ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for many, many more pictures.

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  • Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls "false" reports that the country's intelligence service shot one of its top anchors.

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  • Egypt FM heads to US as helicopter delivery freeze lifted

    Egypt's foreign minister Nabil Fahmy was travelling to the United States on Wednesday, his ministry said, a day after Washington decided to provide Cairo with 10 Apache military helicopters. Washington had imposed a temporary freeze on the delivery of major weapons to Egypt, including the Apaches,…

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  • Syrian opposition asks for more Saudi aid

    The head of Syria's main opposition group has asked Saudi Arabia to increase its support for the rebel Free Syrian Army, his advisor said Wednesday. Saudi Arabia is one of the main backers of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war increasingly seen as a proxy battle…

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  • Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

    TOKYO (AP) — Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer.

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  • US envoy in Libya amid political turmoil

    A top US diplomat was visiting Libya on Wednesday to meet government officials, amid political upheaval in the North African country, the State Department said. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns was in Tripoli to meet with senior Libyan officials including interim prime minister Abdullah…

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  • DR Congo train crash kills 37

    Kinshasa (AFP) - At least 37 people were killed when a train derailed in the southeast of the Democratic Republic on Congo on Tuesday, the government said.

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  • Russia says Kiev, U.S. distorting Ukraine Geneva accord

    Russia on Wednesday accused Kiev and the United States of distorting an agreement reached in Geneva last week to defuse the crisis in Ukraine and of ignoring what it said were provocative actions by Ukrainian nationalists. Russia still believes the West is serious about seeking peace in Ukraine…

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  • US soldier faces hearing in killings of Iraqi boys

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Washington (AP) — A U.S. soldier accused of deliberately killing two unarmed teenage boys as they herded cattle in Iraq seven years ago is due in military court.

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