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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, left, shakes hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida after exchanging the documents to extend the agreement on cooperation in research and development in science and technology between the two countries at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  (AP Photo/Toshifumi Kitamura, Pool)

Obama refocuses on Asia agenda

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TOKYO — President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure Japanese leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges to Asia even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere. The ominous standoff between Ukraine and Russia is threatening to overshadow Obama’s four-country Asia swing that began Wednesday. He may decide during the trip … 0

Russian social media CEO flees country

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MOSCOW — The founder of Russia’s leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company’s ownership. The slow-motion ouster of Pavel Durov from the network … 0

Palestinian rivals try again for unity

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections — a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years. Following the announcement of the deal, hundreds of people … 0

Judge OKs name change for Manning

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. … 0

Boy missed Africa, had no clue he was in Maui

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HONOLULU — Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner’s wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after … 0

Activists: Syria using chlorine gas

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a … 0

Recovery effort gets more complicated as S. Korea ferry toll mounts

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

JINDO, South Korea — As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery … 0

Court nixes $3.4M for child porn victim

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor … 0

Russia warns Ukraine off attacks

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — Russia’s foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008. “Russian … 0

US to encourage clemency for nonviolent prisoners

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It’s an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and … 0

Hostilities descend into slaughter in South Sudan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NAIROBI, Kenya — The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn’t safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. … 0

Supreme Court OKs Michigan ban on affirmative action

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices … 1

Obama mourns with mudslide survivors

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

OSO, Wash. — Swooping over a landscape of unspeakable sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month. He pledged a … 0