• 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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  • Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt

    CAIRO/ALEXANDRIA (Reuters) - An Egyptian police officer and a militant were killed during a security operation near Alexandria on Wednesday, and another senior officer died after a bomb blew up his car near Cairo, the Interior Ministry said. The police and army have been the main targets of a…

  • 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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  • Pro-Russian insurgents hold US journalist captive

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified "bad activities."

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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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  • Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing at least 30 people.

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  • Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian officials say Hamas and the Fatah party of President Mahmoud Abbas are making a new attempt to overcome the Palestinians' political split by holding general elections in seven months.

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  • 'Murdered' Ukraine politician faced hostile mob, video shows

    The Ukrainian town councilor whose apparent torture and murder helped to prompt a threatened new government offensive in the east was mobbed by a hostile, pro-Russian crowd before he disappeared, a video of the incident shows. The apparent murder of Volodymyr Rybak and a second man prompted the…

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  • Mexican is 4th woman to receive Spain's Cervantes

    ALCALA DE HENARES, Spain (AP) — Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska has become the fourth woman to receive Spain's prestigious Cervantes Prize.

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  • Cyclist Rogers cleared to race after doping case

    AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — Former world time trial champion Michael Rogers can race again after cycling's governing body accepted that meat he ate in China likely caused his positive doping test.

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  • Top Asian News at 1:30 p.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama opened a trip to Japan Wednesday with a close-up look at the art of sushi making at a tiny Tokyo restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations and a hefty price tag. Shortly after arriving in Tokyo, Obama joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Sukiyabashi…

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  • Mine injures peacekeeper as diplomats visit Mali's Kidal

    A mine exploded in the northern Malian town of Kidal on Wednesday, seriously injuring a United Nations peacekeeper but not affecting a delegation of visiting diplomats, a U.N. spokesman said. There was no immediate claim for the blast but al Qaeda-linked Islamists who seized northern Mali in 2012…

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  • Slovenian government vulnerable to leadership challenge

    By Marja Novak LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia's coalition government, which averted an international bailout last year, could collapse on Friday if Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek loses the leadership of her party, Positive Slovenia. The center-left Positive Slovenia will elect a leader late on…

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