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Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute
TOKYO (AP) -- Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully.... 4/24/2014 2:07 AM

Obama: Not hopeful North Korea will change soon
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he's not optimistic North Korea will stop behaving irresponsibly in the near future.... 4/24/2014 2:04 AM

Kashmiris stage protests during Indian elections
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Indian forces used tear gas and wooden batons to disperse scores of Kashmiri demonstrators who raised anti-India slogans and threw rocks to protest against voting in Indian elections in the disputed region.... 4/24/2014 2:04 AM

Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'
TOKYO (AP) -- Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.... 4/24/2014 1:49 AM

Pakistan: Bomb kills police officer, 2 others
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani official says a bombing in the country's south targeted a police officer known for his anti-militant campaigns, killing him and his two friends.... 4/24/2014 1:49 AM

Magnitude 6.6 quake off British Columbia coast
PORT ALICE, British Columbia (AP) -- A magnitude 6.6 quake was recorded Wednesday night in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of British Columbia's Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center said.... 4/24/2014 1:40 AM

Nepal officials go to Everest to try to end crisis
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- With the Mount Everest climbing season increasingly in doubt, Nepalese tourism officials traveled to base camp Thursday to negotiate with Sherpas who want to walk off the job after an avalanche killed 16 of the mountain guides.... 4/24/2014 1:18 AM

EU, post-Soviet republics meet on partnership plan
PRAGUE (AP) -- Amid Ukraine's deepening crisis, the presidents of post-Soviet republics and EU member states are gathering in Prague to save a project to boost their ties.... 4/24/2014 1:04 AM

Britain's Prince William bids Australia farewell
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Britain's Prince William bid farewell to Australia on Thursday in the only speech of his national tour, revealing that his baby son George had become particularly fond of a toy native animal during the visit.... 4/24/2014 12:37 AM

Obama: Time is now to resolve trade pact issues
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement.... 4/24/2014 12:29 AM

China to open 8 state industries for investment
BEIJING (AP) -- China's government says it will open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more productive.... 4/24/2014 12:08 AM

China frees Japanese boat after boat owner pays up
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court on Thursday released a seized Japanese freight ship after owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. paid more than $28 million involving a dispute dating back to the wartime in the 1930s, the Shanghai Maritime Court said.... 4/24/2014 12:03 AM

Obama calls for peaceful end to island dispute
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully.... 4/24/2014 12:02 AM

Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- The Costa Rican government says it's still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries' diplomatic relations.... 4/24/2014 12:01 AM

UN considering sanctions over South Sudan massacre
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday viewed "horrific pictures of corpses" from the scene of last week's massacre in South Sudan and discussed taking actions that could include sanctions, diplomats said.... 4/23/2014 10:55 PM

UN: 3.5 million Syrians desperately need aid
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Almost 3.5 million civilians in Syria have virtually no access to desperately needed humanitarian aid and people are dying needlessly every day as violence and extremism escalate and the risk of sectarian violence grows, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday.... 4/23/2014 9:58 PM

SKorea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon.... 4/23/2014 9:34 PM

Rio official pledges transparent probe in slaying
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's top security official on Wednesday promised a rigorous investigation into the death of a young man that sparked overnight clashes in a slum near a key Olympic venue and did not rule out that police may have been responsible.... 4/23/2014 9:23 PM

Colombia president reinstates ousted Bogota mayor
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's capital changed hands for a third time in little over a month after President Juan Manuel Santos executed a court order reinstating Bogota's ousted leftist mayor.... 4/23/2014 8:41 PM

Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the missing Malaysian plane.... 4/23/2014 8:24 PM