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Obama to bolster U.S. ‘rebalance’ to Asia

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster U.S. alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension.Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, and will be under duress to address mariti...

Updated : 2014.04.20 20:29

Malaysian jet search at ‘critical juncture’

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) ― The effort to find missing Flight MH370 is at a “very critical juncture,” Malaysia’s transport minister said Saturday as authorities mull whether to reassess a challenging sea...

Updated : 2014.04.20 20:28

Japan begins work on surveillance unit near disputed islands

TOKYO (AFP) ― Japan broke ground Saturday on a coastal surveillance unit near a string of islands at the center of a bitter territorial dispute with China, a report said.Radar equipment will be installed on Yonaguni island to monitor ships and aircraft in the East China Sea, the Kyodo New...

Updated : 2014.04.20 20:28

Iran says Arak heavy water reactor row all but resolved

TEHRAN (AFP) ― Iran’s dispute with world powers over its unfinished Arak heavy water reactor has been “virtually resolved,” it said Saturday, less than a month before nuclear talks seeking a permanent agreement.The facility ― whose remaining components Iran cannot commission or instal...

Updated : 2014.04.20 20:28

Shootout in east Ukraine shatters truce

SLAVYANSK, Ukraine (AFP) ―Four people were reported killed Sunday in a gun battle in restive eastern Ukraine, shattering a fragile Easter truce in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic. Three pro-Rus...

Updated : 2014.04.20 20:27

Syria-held French journalists released

PARIS (AFP) ― Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed on Saturday after a 10-month ordeal in the world’s most dangerous country for the media.French President Francois Hollande announced the release of Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre T...

Updated : 2014.04.20 20:27

Obama signs legislation aimed at blocking Iran’s U.N. envoy

WASHINGTON (AP) ― President Barack Obama has signed legislation aimed at blocking Iran’s chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he‘s only treating the legislation as guidance. The unusual leg...

Updated : 2014.04.20 20:27

China auto show opens amid environmental, growth concerns

Leading automakers gathered in Beijing Sunday for China's biggest car show, expressing confidence in the world's largest car market even though lacklustre economic growth and environmental restrictions have generated uncertainty. Spectators and journalists crowded around displays at the Be...

Updated : 2014.04.20 20:01

White House: No comment on Bieber deportation petition

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has had high-profile run-ins with the law recently but the White House doesn’t appear set to add to his growing catalogue of woes.Just under 275,000 people have added their names to a petition on the White House website calling for the C...

Updated : 2014.04.20 19:37

Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) ― A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, Ohio, died at 92 on April 12. Her husban...

Updated : 2014.04.20 19:37

New Hillary Clinton book to be titled ‘Hard Choices’

WASHINGTON (AP) ― Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upcoming book will be called “Hard Choices,” a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign.Publ...

Updated : 2014.04.20 19:36

Dusty hometown remembers Marquez with plenty of rum

ARACATACA, Colombia (AFP) ― In his sleepy, tropical home town, the people who knew the late Nobel-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez as a child are greeting his death with warm memories and hope. “His gr...

Updated : 2014.04.20 19:36

Touring royals meet Australian military families

BRISBANE, Australia (AFP) ― Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate met with the families of Australian soldiers killed in recent conflicts Saturday and took a front-row fighter jet seat as their tour headed north.The royal couple were presented with a boomerang for their infant son, ...

Updated : 2014.04.20 19:36

Rap star Chris Brown to go on trial Monday

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Hip-hop star Chris Brown will stand trial on Monday for an alleged assault outside a trendy hotel in Washington. If convicted, Brown could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.Brown, 24, appeared in court Friday in the U.S. capital in a crisp suit that made h...

Updated : 2014.04.20 19:35

Algeria’s ailing Bouteflika poised to clinch fourth term

ALGIERS (AFP) ― Ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika was poised to clinch a fourth presidential term despite chronic health problems and a sharp fall in turnout after Algerians voted Thursday in an ...

Updated : 2014.04.18 21:10