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Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip
TOKYO (AP) -- Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.... 4/23/2014 6:57 AM

In India's vote, Hindu holy city is battleground
VARANASI, India (AP) -- For tens of millions of Hindus, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage. Crowded with ancient temples and shrines, its streets jammed with believers and tourists, this city on the banks of the holy Ganges River is where the devout believe they attain instant salvation.... 4/23/2014 6:51 AM

Emirates says another family targeted in London
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- State media in the United Arab Emirates say a family from the Gulf federation has been targeted by armed men who forced their way into the family's London apartment, weeks after a similar attack in the British capital.... 4/23/2014 6:50 AM

Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming.... 4/23/2014 6:46 AM

F1 boss Ecclestone goes on trial in bribery case
MUNICH (AP) -- Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday on bribery charges that could lead to a prison term of up to 10 years if he is convicted.... 4/23/2014 6:45 AM

Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king
UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) -- Researchers from Uppsala University have opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160.... 4/23/2014 6:45 AM

Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's parliament speaker says a lawmaker has announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election - the first to field his bid for the top post in a vote called despite the country's relentless civil war.... 4/23/2014 6:42 AM

Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist captive
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist who has not been seen since early Tuesday.... 4/23/2014 6:38 AM

Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's Parliament has held a round of voting but failed to elect a new head of state in its first try before President Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on May 25.... 4/23/2014 6:34 AM

Greece reaches milestone, opens way for assistance
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union says Greece has reached a major financial milestone that was required if it were to be granted more debt relief.... 4/23/2014 6:31 AM

China says quality of its groundwater has worsened
BEIJING (AP) -- Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.... 4/23/2014 6:23 AM

Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Business activity in Europe has risen to its highest level in three years as a once-shaky economic recovery gains speed.... 4/23/2014 6:19 AM

Thai Red Shirt activist shot dead in capital
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police in Thailand's capital say a pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of the monarchy has been shot dead.... 4/23/2014 6:15 AM

HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise Wednesday over Hong Kong's demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations.... 4/23/2014 6:07 AM

Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Unidentified material that has washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane, authorities said Wednesday.... 4/23/2014 6:06 AM

Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers
CAIRO (AP) -- A senior Egyptian police officer was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb on Wednesday while another officer died in a raid on a militant hideout in the country's second-largest city, officials said.... 4/23/2014 6:05 AM

Pakistan's army seeks closure of TV channel
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Pakistani army has filed a complaint asking the government to shut down the country's leading private Geo News TV channel over what the military calls "false" reports, an official said Wednesday.... 4/23/2014 5:40 AM

Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.... 4/23/2014 5:38 AM

France unveils plan to fight jihadist threat
PARIS (AP) -- French authorities are taking steps to crack down on the flow of young would-be jihadis embarking to fight in Syria's civil war.... 4/23/2014 5:36 AM

Blair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat
LONDON (AP) -- The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said Wednesday, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt's military government against its Muslim Brotherhood opponents.... 4/23/2014 5:25 AM