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Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China as Asia trip begins

By Linda Sieg and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. The reassuring remarks aimed at Japan and other

Ukraine's leaders say have U.S. backing to take on 'aggressors'

By Pavel Polityuk and Alastair Macdonald KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's government relaunched a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups after an Easter pause on Wednesday and said it had the backing of the United States. Prompted in part by the discovery of the body of a Ukrainian politician who appeared to have been tortured, officials in Kiev decided to renew what they call an

Children's corpses reveal desperate attempts to escape Korean ferry

By Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. Writing by Nick Macfie;

Australia, Malaysia vow to keep searching to solve plane mystery

By Byron Kaye PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Australia and Malaysia vowed on Wednesday to keep searching for a missing Malaysian plane despite no sign of wreckage after almost seven weeks, and as bad weather again grounded aircraft and an undersea drone neared the end of its first full mission. But Australian authorities said unidentified material washed up on the coast of Western Australia was be

Hole in Afghan budget stirs unease as West starts packing bags

By Jeremy Laurence and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants' salaries, officials say, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and foreign troops prepare to go home. U.S., U.N. and Afghan finance ministry officials have discussed ways to resolve what they say has

Israel bombs Gaza target, four wounded: medical officials

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel launched an air strike on Wednesday on the northern Gaza Strip, wounding four people, medical officials in the Hamas-ruled territory said. The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the attack, which came two days after militants in the Palestinian enclave launched rockets into southern Israel. There was no immediate word on the identities of those wounded in the air

Indonesian general says his flashy watch is a fake

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's military commander said critics who called him out for wearing an especially luxurious watch should be quiet because the timepiece is actually a cheap Chinese fake.

Prosecutors charge 2 with crimes against humanity

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Prosecutors will charge two former prison commanders with crimes against humanity for the deaths of political prisoners at lockups they commanded when Romania was a Communist country.

Colombia president reinstates ousted Bogota mayor

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Jose Manuel Santos says he has reinstated ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro after a Colombian court ordered the move.

First candidate for Syria's presidential election steps forward

By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian lawmaker has nominated himself for president, state media said on Wednesday, the first candidate in an election likely to cement President Bashar al-Assad's rule over a country devastated by civil war. Assad has yet to formally declare his candidacy but his allies have voiced increasing confidence that he will run and win, after government forces s

Guyana residents seek improvements to 911 system

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — People in the South American country of Guyana are pressuring the government to improve its 911 emergency system amid accusations that numerous calls about serious incidents are going unanswered.

Seoul, Hiroshima advance in Asian Champions League

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Last year's runner-up FC Seoul beat Beijing Guoan 2-1 to advance to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday.

Top Asian News at 2:30 p.m. GMT

TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama opened a trip to Japan Wednesday with a close-up look at the art of sushi making at a tiny Tokyo restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations and a hefty price tag. Shortly after arriving in Tokyo, Obama joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Sukiyabashi Jiro, an underground sushi restaurant run by 88-year-old Jiro Ono. The outing was unusually informal by

Gaza official: Israeli airstrike wounds 3

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas officials say an Israeli airstrike has hit the northern Gaza Strip.

Florida university opens TB lab in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The University of Florida is opening a state-of-the-art lab in Haiti to train researchers to better understand and fight tuberculosis.

Sri Lanka to deport UK tourist with Buddha tattoo

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday.

Ukraine 'chocolate king' could win May 25 vote in first round: poll

Ukrainian confectionery tycoon Petro Poroshenko has a chance of winning the May 25 presidential election in the first round, an opinion poll indicated on Wednesday. It found 48.4 percent of Ukrainians who planned to vote favored Poroshenko. That is just short of the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff against the second-placed candidate, who the survey found would be former prime minister Y

Cancellations on Everest amid talks to save climbing season

Nepal's government strove Wednesday to save the Everest climbing season from an unprecedented walkout by sherpa guides as another major mountaineering company abandoned its expedition following a deadly avalanche last week. New Zealand-based Adventure Consultants lost three people in Friday's avalanche, which struck a party of sherpas preparing routes for commercial climbers up the world's highe

Spacious new Heathrow Terminal 2 set for opening

LONDON (AP) — The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year.

Analysis: Weak US hand in Ukraine confrontation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a quarter century after the Cold War ended, the crisis in Ukraine symbolizes the weak foreign policy hand the United States often finds itself playing despite its status as the only global superpower.

Russia says Kiev, U.S. distorting Ukraine Geneva accord

Russia on Wednesday accused Kiev and the United States of distorting an agreement reached in Geneva last week to defuse the Ukraine crisis and of ignoring what it said were provocative actions by Ukrainian nationalists. Russia still believes the West is serious about seeking peace in Ukraine but "the facts, alas, speak of the opposite", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement that emphasized rift

Iran replaces prisons chief after Evin incident

Iran's judiciary has replaced the country's prisons chief after reports of violence against political prisoners during a routine inspection in Evin Prison, media reports said on Wednesday. But Gholam Hossein Ismaili -- who has denied any wrongdoing in the events that unfolded on April 17 -- has been appointed to a senior post as the head of the justice department in the capital. According to opp

Yamanaka defends WBC bantamweight title with TKO

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Shinsuke Yamanaka of Japan successfully defended his WBC bantamweight crown for the sixth time with a technical knockout of Stephane Jamoye of Belgium on Wednesday.

Poland holds security exercise, 1st in decades

JASCE, Poland (AP) — Poland's security services have begun their first major security exercise in decades, evacuating the Interior Ministry in Warsaw and rescuing three foreigners allegedly injured in a helicopter crash.

Sacked Moyes 'proud' of Man Utd tenure

David Moyes declared on Wednesday that he was "proud" to have managed Manchester United, but said that he understood the "frustration" that had led to his dismissal. Moyes, 50, was sacked by United on Tuesday after a dismal 10-month tenure in which the reigning champions slumped to seventh place in the Premier League, denying them a place in next season's Champions League. "During this period of

At least 50 killed in Congo train crash: sources

More than 50 people were killed in a train crash in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province, a provincial minister said on Wednesday. The accident on Tuesday involved a goods train that was also carrying people near Likasi, a mining town between Lubumbashi and Kolwezi in the copper and cobalt-rich southeast. Dikanga Kazadi, Katanga's interior minister, gave a provisional toll of 56 dead an

Palestinians to 'form unity govt in weeks'

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Rival Palestinian movements agreed Wednesday to form a unity government within five weeks to end seven years of divided administration, the PLO and the Hamas rulers of Gaza said.

Spooked by immigration, disgruntled UK voters turn to anti-EU party

By Kylie MacLellan GRIMSBY, England (Reuters) - Like many in the once thriving fishing town of Grimsby, Dave thinks an influx of east European migrants has made it harder to find work and he plans to register his anxiety by voting in an election for the first time in 18 years. But the 36-year-old docker will not be voting for Britain's main opposition Labour party, traditionally the dominant for

Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rivals Hamas and Fatah made a new attempt Wednesday to overcome the Palestinians' political split, saying they would seek to form an interim unity government within five weeks, followed by general elections by December at the earliest.

Mali denounces 'cowardly murder' of French hostage

Mali has denounced as a "cowardly and despicable murder" the death of a French hostage announced by one of the west African nation's top jihadist groups. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP on Tuesday Gilberto Rodrigues Leal was "dead, because France is our enemy" although it did not explicitly spell out that the Fre

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