• Rain on India's parade, but Obama visit keeps spirits high

    By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Rain threatened to dampen the excitement around U.S. President Barack Obama's landmark visit to India as thousands of troops prepared on Monday for a dazzling military parade where he will be the chief guest. The first U.S. president to attend the annual…

  • Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

    By Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed "flying tractors", to bolster their air power. With new planes capable of…

  • Sales of surveillance cameras surge in South Korea after daycare abuse case

    Sales of surveillance cameras are surging in South Korea after a daycare center worker was caught on camera earlier this month knocking a toddler to the floor, spurring calls for closer monitoring of schools and child care facilities. The education ministry said last week it planned to require…

  • With move on Arctic refuge, Obama again turns back on Republicans

    President Obama's decision to protect Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil exploration and drilling is the latest example of how the president using his executive toolkit to try to get out in front of a Congress allied against him. After last autumn's midterm elections put Republicans…

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  • Africa's quiet solar revolution

    By Tanzanian standards, Nosim Noah is not poor. A tall, handsome woman with the angular features of her fellow Masai tribe members, Ms. Noah makes a good living selling women’s and children’s clothes in the markets of this northern Tanzanian city. The four-bedroom brick house she shares with her…

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  • Early in Obama's India visit, a nuclear power breakthrough

    Within hours of his arrival a delighted Obama and Modi announced an agreement that could pave the way for billions of dollars in contracts for American nuclear power companies. When President Obama visited New Delhi in 2010, he described the US-India relationship as the “defining partnership” of…

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  • Nations that tap female empowerment

    He launched a campaign to save India’s girls. It remains under a spotlight in a global effort to end an abhorrent practice still common in many countries: Pregnant women checking the sex of their unborn child and then, if it is a girl, aborting it. As fetus imaging technology has advanced, India…

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  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • 30 Philippine police feared dead after clash with rebels

    Thirty police commandoes were feared dead after Philippine security forces clashed with Muslim rebels in the south, in rare violence that tested a nearly one-year-old peace accord, officials said on Monday. The eleven-hour gun battle took place when police entered the remote town of Mamasapano,…

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  • Serena Williams to meet Cibulkova in Aussie Open quarters

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams avenged her heaviest Grand Slam defeat with a comeback 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Garbine Muguruza on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals.

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  • Defending champ Wawrinka into Australian Open quarterfinals

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka stayed in contention for a second consecutive Australian Open title with a 7-6 (2) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8) win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Monday to advance to the quarterfinals.

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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have recovered at least 21 bodies of the dozens commandos who were mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village where they moved in over the weekend to hunt down one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.…

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  • Factbox: India's Republic Day: history, pomp and a parade

    Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to be guest of honor at India's annual Republic Day parade, a flamboyant display of the South Asian nation's military might and cultural diversity in the heart of the capital, New Delhi. Despite intermittent rain, large crowds flocked to see the show on…

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  • AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia is scrapping fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices.

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  • Australia's knighting of Prince Philip prompts puzzlement

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Monday dismissed criticism of his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight, saying Prince Philip has a long history of service Down Under.

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  • Retrieval of more than 30 slain Filipinos commandos underway

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have recovered at least 21 bodies of the dozens commandos who were mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village where they moved in over the weekend to hunt down one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.

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  • Win or bust for former champions Zambia

    Former champions Zambia must defeat Cape Verde on Monday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in Equatorial Guinea. A win for the shock 2012 title-winners in the remote north-eastern town of Ebebiyin would secure second spot in Group B provided…