• Japan A-bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power, decry Abe’s view of war

    By Linda Sieg FUKUSHIMA CITY, Japan (Reuters) - When Atsushi Hoshino set out to revive a group representing atomic bomb survivors in the rural northeast Japanese prefecture of Fukushima 30 years ago, one topic was taboo - criticizing the nuclear power industry upon which many relied for jobs. …

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  • Blast in Korean DMZ wounds two South Korean soldiers: military

    Two South Korean soldiers were wounded by an explosion on Tuesday, possibly caused by a landmine, in the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides North and South Korea, military officials said. The two soldiers, described as officers, were conducting a routine search operation…

  • Accused Taliban leader said he was doing 'God's work': testimony

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A former American soldier testifying in the trial of Irek Hamidullin on Monday said the accused Russian Taliban leader was compliant when captured, and said he was doing "God's work." Hamidullin, a former Soviet tank commander who converted to Islam and…

  • Planned Parenthood bill blocked: For GOP, abortion as national issue is tricky

    Republicans are hoping that revulsion over a series of stealth videos featuring Planned Parenthood will swing the politics of abortion in their favor. On Monday, the Senate took up a GOP bill to strip the women’s health-care provider of its $500 million in annual federal funding. Democrats…

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  • As Jon Stewart ends 'Daily Show' run, his influence is everywhere

    When thinking about Jon Stewart’s career on Comedy Central’s the “Daily Show,” it's hard to get a better analogy than the bemused “are you kidding me” look that he’s perfected over more than a decade of satirizing political news. As Mr. Stewart wraps up his final week at the helm of the program,…

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  • Gov. Christie’s 'tell it like it is' rhetoric: Is it working?

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, when asked Sunday by CNN's Jake Tapper, "at the national level, who deserves a punch in the face?" quickly answered "the national teacher's union." According to The Washington Post, the GOP presidential candidate was referring to the American Federation of Teachers. …

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  • In Islamic State's stronghold, a silent killer in jihadist ranks

    The Islamic State has lured thousands of foreign fighters and their families to Syria with the promise of building a utopian caliphate. As in much of the Middle East, Syria historically had low rates of HIV infection.

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  • Pakistan hangs man lawyers say was a child when charged with murder

    By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan on Tuesday hanged a man whose case triggered an international outcry after his lawyers said he was arrested as a juvenile and tortured into confessing to a murder. Pakistan has hanged nearly 200 people since December, when a massacre by Taliban…

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  • Pro-Hadi fighters, Houthis recapture Yemen's largest military base

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN (Reuters) - Fighters loyal to Yemen's exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, bolstered by Gulf Arab support, seized the country's largest military base from Houthi forces on Monday after heavy combat in which dozens were killed or captured, a pro-Hadi commander said. …

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  • Asia security talks open with South China Sea tensions

    China was Tuesday on a diplomatic collision course with some of its neighbours and the United States over its controversial island-building, as regional security talks opened in Kuala Lumpur. Beijing is expanding tiny reefs in the flashpoint South China Sea into islands and topping some with…

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  • ICC must investigate Ivorian president's camp for wartime abuses: HRW

    The International Criminal Court must broaden its investigation into the violence that ripped Ivory Coast apart in 2010 and 2011 to include violations committed by loyalists of President Alassane Ouattara, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Since 2011, the Hague-based court's chief prosecutor Fatou…

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  • No. 6 seed Petkovic advances at Bank of the West

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Sixth-seeded Andrea Petkovic got her body realigned and returned to form to beat fellow German Carina Witthoeft in a first-round match of the Bank of the West Classic on Monday.

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  • Soudelor targets Japan, China as most powerful storm of 2015

    Super Typhoon Soudelor developed into the world's most powerful storm of the year Tuesday as it took aim at Japan, Taiwan and China after trashing the Northern Marianas. The storm was roaring across the western Pacific Ocean packing wind gusts up to 220 miles per hour (354 kph) according to the…

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  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT

    PARIS (AP) — French and Malaysian investigators cleared their last hurdle before launching a probe that many hope will solve the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, meeting with a judge in Paris Monday after the arrival of a wing fragment that possibly belonged to the doomed aircraft.…

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  • 9 swept away by flash flood in China; 8 bodies recovered

    BEIJING (AP) — A flash flood has struck a scenic area outside the city of Xi'an in central China, sweeping away nine Chinese tourists. Eight bodies have been recovered.

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  • Philippines clash kills 4 communist rebels and 1 soldier

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — About 20 communist rebels fired on a platoon of Philippine army troops and police on two trucks, triggering a 15-minute clash that killed four rebels and a soldier in northeastern Masbate province, officials said Tuesday.

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  • Rebooting Greece: how to get its economy going again

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — After so much pain, Greece must now figure out how to get its economy back on its feet.

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  • US uses air power to support beleaguered Syrian allies

    The United States said it has used air power in Syria in defense of allied rebel groups, signaling deeper involvement in the country's brutal four-year civil war. The Pentagon confirmed that an air strike was carried out Friday in support of the New Syria Force, a US-allied group. "We'll take…

  • AP PHOTOS: 5 years after quake, Haitians turn ruins to homes

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Compared to some of his neighbors, Jimmy Bellefleur is not doing badly. The electrician has turned abandoned government office space into a one-room home for his wife and their two daughters.

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