• South Korea demands release of two men accused by North Korea of espionage

    By James Pearson and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea demanded on Friday the immediate release of two of its citizens that North Korea said it had arrested, accusing them of spying for the South. Late on Thursday, the North's official KCNA news agency showed images of two middle-aged men it…

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  • Airlines introduce two-person cockpit rule after Alps crash

    By Victoria Bryan and Tim Hepher BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - Airlines rushed on Thursday to change their rules so as to require a second crew member in the cockpit at all times, hours after French prosecutors suggested a co-pilot who barricaded himself alone at the controls of a jetliner had crashed…

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  • China launches 'Sky Net' to better coordinate graft fight

    The Chinese government has unveiled an initiative called "Sky Net" to better coordinate its fight against suspected corrupt officials who have fled overseas, and to recover their dirty assets, the latest step in its fight against graft. The group will be comprised of officials from the Communist…

  • Alex Cook paints walls, not canvas, with a message of hope and love

    The forest is a mural, and even in the dead of winter the 18-by-85-foot painting gives a sense of beauty, warmth, and life – qualities that artist Alex Cook tries to convey in all his work. “Art was always a deeply spiritual thing, the most real thing in my life,” Mr. Cook says. An artist for…

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  • Bowe Bergdahl's time as a Taliban captive likely to frame his defense

    In the case of US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, headed now into the military justice system, there are three defendants. Sergeant Bergdahl himself, charged with desertion and “misbehavior before the enemy,” could receive a dishonorable discharge and as much as life in prison. The Obama administration…

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  • Who actually built the Boston Marathon bombs?

    The federal court room hosting the Boston Marathon bombing trial has remained mostly silent for 14 days of testimony. Mr. Knapp analyzed more than 1,300 pieces of evidence as part of the investigations and built mockup replicas of the bombs used in the attacks.

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  • Debra Milke: Why freedom feels so elusive to death row exonerees

    Until this week, Debra Milke, who spent 22 years on Arizona’s death row, remained a ward of the state. At that moment, Ms. Milke became a member of an exclusive club no one would voluntarily attend – one of the few who were walked by the US justice system to the threshold of state-sponsored death…

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  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The head of a Chinese anti-discrimination civic group says he plans to hire lawyers to investigate a police raid on its offices and may consider taking legal action. Lu Jun says he is seeking more information about Tuesday's pre-dawn raid on the Beijing Yirenping Center in which…

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  • Indian sports fraternity praises Dhoni's team despite loss

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's sports fraternity had nothing but praise for the efforts of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's World Cup team, which bowed out of the tournament Thursday with a 95-run semifinals loss to Australia.

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  • Watchdog report faults US handling of sex party allegations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog on Thursday faulted the Drug Enforcement Administration over allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes on government-leased property while stationed overseas.

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  • Trouble for Mercedes and Hamilton at Malaysian FP

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has made an early exit from Friday's first practice session at the Malaysian Grand Prix due to a technical failure with his car.

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  • Chinese NGO considering legal action over police raid

    BEIJING (AP) — The head of a Chinese anti-discrimination civic group says he plans to hire lawyers to investigate a police raid on its offices and may consider taking legal action.

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  • Sharapova loses opening match at Miami Open to Gavrilova

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Maria Sharapova is 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals. This year her loss came at the start.

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  • The $50 device that symbolizes a shift in North Korea

    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government's efforts to keep its people isolated - a symbol of change in one of the world's most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of all urban…

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  • Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said it detained two South Korean men on charges of spying. A South Korean government official confirmed Friday that the two are South Korean citizens, but could not immediately explain how they entered the North and were detained. The official Korean Central…

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  • Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign

    Campaigning wound to a close in Nigeria's presidential elections, with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters before the crunch vote. Saturday's election is being seen as the closest race in the country's history, with President Goodluck Jonathan facing a strong…

  • Japan PM Abe to address joint session of Congress

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to…