• Japan's Abe seeks to showcase close U.S. ties on landmark visit

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for White House talks on Tuesday to showcase newly strengthened defense ties and advance a long-delayed Pacific trade deal as the two allies seek to counter China’s rising influence in…

  • S.Korea court finds ferry captain guilty of homicide for 304 deaths

    The captain of a South Korean ferry that sank last year, killing 304 people, was found guilty of homicide by an appeals court on Tuesday and sentenced to life in prison, overturning an earlier conviction for negligence. Prosecutors who had originally sought a homicide conviction for ferry captain…

  • U.S., Japan unveil new defense guidelines for global Japanese role

    By Arshad Mohammed NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation on Monday, reflecting Japan's willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea. …

  • Kentucky judge upholds Christian printer's refusal to print gay pride T-shirts

    A state judge in Kentucky on Monday upheld the right of a printing company owned by devout Christians to refuse to produce T-shirts promoting a gay pride festival. Circuit Judge James Ishmael reversed an October 2014 decision by a local human rights commission that found the company violated an…

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  • Tsarnaev defense: spare him the death penalty, put him in supermax prison

    The final act of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial began Monday with his defense team laying out in its opening statement why its client should be spared the death penalty. In front of a courtroom at almost full capacity, defense attorney David Bruck opened the morning session with a soft and measured…

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  • How Ted Cruz came off looking inclusive in N.Y. gay rights spat

    Last week, conservative firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife stopped by the Central Park penthouse of two wealthy gay businessmen to have dinner and a friendly “fireside chat” about their mutually fervent support for the state of Israel. By Sunday, however, one of the gay businessmen, Ian Reisner,…

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  • How the US is helping Nepal after the earthquake

    Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that the United States will send an additional $9 million in relief to Nepal after the country was devastated on Saturday by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake outside the capital of Kathmandu. This addition brings the total amount of US disaster assistance…

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  • Bangladesh 60-1 at lunch on 1st day of 1st test vs Pakistan

    KHULNA, Bangladesh (AP) — Imrul Kayes reached an unbeaten 35 as Bangladesh made a cautious start to the first test against Pakistan, reaching 60-1 at lunch on the opening day.

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  • Iraq faces huge challenges dislodging Islamic State in Anbar

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces are on a westward push to retake Anbar, a sprawling Sunni-dominated desert province captured by the Islamic State group in their offensive last year. But as the battles for Tikrit and Ramadi have shown, it will be a hard slog for a much-diminished Iraqi army — especially…

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  • Ukraine's rebels mete out rough justice in authority vacuum

    KRASNYI PARTYZAN, Ukraine (AP) — A bruised rebel fighter in battle fatigues is tied to a traffic pole, avoiding glances as a crude message hung about his neck flutters in the wind: "I am a marauder. I beat up and robbed my countrymen."

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  • Baltimore deploys Guard troops as riots erupt

    Thousands of police and National Guard troopers were ordered to back up beleaguered officers in Baltimore on Tuesday after riots triggered by anger over the death of a black man in police custody. The state of Maryland declared a state of emergency after furious rioters looted businesses,…

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  • Bangladesh 60-1 on 1st day of 1st test against Pakistan

    KHULNA, Bangladesh (AP) — Scores Tuesday at lunch on the opening day of the first cricket test between Bangladesh and Pakistan at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium:

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  • Philips' net profit slimps in 1st quarter, sales edge higher

    PARIS (AP) — Royal Philips NV, the world's biggest lighting maker, says its net profit slumped 27 percent to 100 million euros ($109 million) in 2015's first quarter as higher restructuring costs wiped out gains from higher sales.

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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

    GORKHA, Nepal (AP) — Preparing to make a push into the most isolated parts of quake-devastated Nepal, soldiers on Tuesday were readying food, water and other emergency supplies to be loaded onto helicopters in this small town near the earthquake's epicenter. Gorkha, which would barely count as a…

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  • Australia can't do more for death row prisoners in Indonesia

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister on Tuesday defended Prime Minister Tony Abbott against online criticism that he had not done enough to save the lives of two Australians on death row in Indonesia.

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  • Japanese police investigate projectile launch near US base

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police said they were investigating a possible attack on a U.S. Army base near Tokyo after finding a pair of launchers and a projectile Tuesday following reports of explosions in the vicinity.

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  • Climate indicators suggest El Nino is forming - Australian weather bureau

    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Climate indicators are nearing levels associated with an El Nino weather event, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday. Pacific Ocean sea temperatures now exceed El Nino thresholds, the bureau said, while trade winds have weakened over the last…

  • Eyes on the prize: China cracks down on art, literary awards

    Now, China's ruling Communist Party has set its sights on a new target in its anti-corruption drive: art and literary prizes. China's proliferation of cultural awards has raised alarm among the party's much-feared anti-corruption investigators, who worry that government officials are using them as…