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  • Syrian opposition accuses Assad's forces of new poison gas attack

    Opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of a new poison gas attack in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, posting footage of four men being treated by medics. They said the chemical attack, the fourth the opposition has reported this month, was in the Harasta neighborhood. A…

    Reuters
  • Obama, Abe to battle negative images at U.S.-Japan summit

    By Linda Sieg and David Brunnstrom TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Barack Obama meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a summit next week, they will be battling negative undercurrents that could undermine their message that Asia's most important security alliance is firm. Obama,…

    Reuters
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  • Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

    By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the…

    Reuters
  • Privacy concerns? What Google now says it can do with your data

    Against a backdrop of growing privacy concerns, with every week bringing revelations of data breaches at government or corporate websites, online search behemoth Google quietly updated its terms of service Monday, spelling out just how much personal data it mines as part of its normal business…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Marathon bombings: Special restrictions harming Tsarnaev defense, lawyers say

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is not far from Boston. He is just 30 minutes from the city whose marquee event, its marathon, he and his older brother are accused of bombing a year ago. But, given the extremely limited contact he has with the world outside the Federal Medical Center in Ayer, Mass., Mr.…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Obama, Biden pitch job training: Do reforms go far enough?

    Both President Obama and House Republicans offered dueling messages Wednesday on an issue important to getting millions of Americans back to work and the national economy back on track. And for the 3.7 million “long-term unemployed” workers, who haven’t been able to find new jobs for half a year…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Democrats 'whooping' Republicans in fundraising game – or are they?

    One thing is clear from the first-quarter fundraising results: The 2014 midterms are likely to be the most expensive ever. Another: Democrats are doing well, at least when it comes to money. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised more than $10 million in March, and now sits…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there.

    Associated Press
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  • Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome.

    Associated Press
  • Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Strong currents and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with cold water off the southern coast of South Korea, causing fury among families waiting for…

    Associated Press
  • NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • 20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities.

    Associated Press
  • Displaced Syrian Christians dream of return to Maalula

    Damascus (AFP) - In the Bab Tuma district of Syria's capital Damascus, Fadi Mayal dreams of returning home to the ancient Christian town of Maalula which was retaken by government forces this week.

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  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Strong currents and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with cold water off the southern coast of South Korea, causing fury among families waiting for…

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Fears grow for hundreds missing in S. Korea ferry capsize

    Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - The frantic search for nearly 300 people, most of them schoolchildren, missing after a South Korean ferry capsized extended into a second day Thursday, as distraught relatives maintained an agonising vigil on shore. A total of 375 high school students were on board,…

    AFP27 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Strong currents and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with cold water off the southern coast of South Korea, causing fury among families waiting for…

    Associated Press52 mins ago
  • Liverpool hangover cost Man City - Pellegrini

    Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini blamed the hangover from defeat by Liverpool for his side's damaging 2-2 draw at home to the Premier League's bottom club Sunderland. City needed to win the first of their two games in hand on Liverpool to keep the…

    AFP58 mins ago
  • Malaysian lawmaker and lawyer Karpal Singh dies

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Veteran Malaysian opposition lawmaker Karpal Singh, an eminent lawyer who had been detained without trial under security laws and battled numerous sedition charges, has died in a road accident. He was 73.

    Associated Press
  • Grieving S. Korean parents consumed by agony and anger

    Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - The pin-drop silence as the student's name was read out was broken by a piercing scream of anguished recognition as her shattered parents clutched each other in the cold, harbour gymnasium. The announcement of the sixth confirmed victim from the sinking of a South…

    AFP
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