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Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

posted: 04/23/2014 9:13 a.m. Comment 1

TOKYO — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence.

Pro-Russian insurgents hold U.S. journalist captive

posted: 04/23/2014 9:08 a.m. Discuss

DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified "bad activities."

U.S., Asia-Pacific navies OK clarity-at-sea pact

posted: 04/23/2014 5:13 a.m. Discuss

Naval officials from the U.S. and two dozen Asia-Pacific nations adopted an agreement Tuesday aimed at improving communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict between an increasingly assertive China and its neighbors.

South Sudan mosque massacre as ‘game-changer’ is U.N. worry

posted: 04/23/2014 5:10 a.m. Discuss

The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops.

5 mine hunters sail to waters of Baltic

posted: 04/23/2014 5:07 a.m. Comment 1

Five NATO mine-hunting ships set off Tuesday on a deployment in the Baltic Sea, part of the alliance’s efforts to strengthen its presence in Europe’s ex-communist east as members there worry about Russia’s intentions in Ukraine.

S. Africa agency robbed of rhino horns worth millions

posted: 04/23/2014 4:57 a.m. Discuss

In a nighttime theft, robbers broke into a South African provincial parks office with a 24-hour security service and used a machine tool called a grinder to break into a safe holding a stockpile of rhino horns worth a fortune on the illegal market in parts of Asia.

Colombian writer left unprinted work

posted: 04/23/2014 4:56 a.m. Discuss

Novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor said Tuesday as the writer’s compatriots held a musical tribute to him in his native Colombia.

Ukraine back in ‘anti-terror’ mode

posted: 04/23/2014 4:55 a.m. Discuss

Ukraine’s acting president ordered security forces to resume “anti-terror ” operations in the country’s east Tuesday after the bodies of two people purportedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reported to be hit by gunfire.

N. Korea said busy at nuclear test site

posted: 04/23/2014 4:51 a.m. Discuss

With South Korea preoccupied by a ferry disaster, North Korea has increased activities at its main nuclear-test site, prompting Seoul and Washington to prepare for a possible nuclear test from the North, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

U.S. decides Egypt merits aid, copters

posted: 04/23/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama’s administration said Tuesday that it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

The world in brief

posted: 04/23/2014 4:44 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Russia should stick to its international commitments and obligations. They should not behave as gangsters in the modern century.” Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, after insurgents who are believed to have ties to Russia were blamed for the killing of two people

In the news

posted: 04/23/2014 4:41 a.m. Discuss

Frank Poli, 92, received from U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., long-overdue medals Poli earned for serving in the Navy during World War II, including the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.

Acts ‘like murder,’ S. Korean leader says of ferry crew

posted: 04/22/2014 5:13 a.m. Discuss

MOKPO, South Korea — South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday castigated the captain and some crew members of a sunken ferry, saying their actions in abandoning a vessel with hundreds of passengers still aboard were “tantamount to murder.”

Tensions high, Biden starts visit to Ukraine

posted: 04/22/2014 5:07 a.m. Discuss

KIEV, Ukraine — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday began a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.

Nepal OKs benefits for Sherpa climbers after boycott threat

posted: 04/22/2014 5:04 a.m. Discuss

KATMANDU, Nepal — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal’s ethnic Sherpa community.

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