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2 hours ago Obama reassures Japan as he begins Asian visit

TOKYO — President Obama started his week-long tour of Asia by conducting serious policy discussions with Japan’s prime minister as well as delivering ceremonial greetings to the Japanese royal family, emphasizing the significance of the ties between the two nations.

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2 hours ago Obama meets with relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korea

TOKYO -- President Obama met Thursday with three relatives of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korea, a White House official confirmed, a move that underscored growing international concern over how to handle that regime’s human rights abuses.

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5 hours ago Dostum, a former warlord who was once America’s man in Afghanistan, may be back

KABUL — He was America’s ally, a stocky, gray-haired warlord who fought on horseback alongside U.S. Special Forces to overthrow the Taliban government in 2001. But within three years, Gen. Abdurrashid Dostum had so antagonized U.S. officials that they sent a B-1 bomber to buzz his house.

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5 hours ago Deadly protests follow man’s slaying in Rio de Janeiro slum

RIO DE JANEIRO — Fear and confusion swept the streets of Copacabana on Tuesday after residents of a nearby slum, protesting the death of a local man, swarmed the streets of one of the Brazilian city’s most famous beach neighborhoods.

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8 hours ago Fighting rages in South Sudan, days after discovery of hundreds of bodies

NAIROBI — Fierce clashes erupted in South Sudan on Wednesday as rebels sought to seize control of oil-rich areas, two days after U.N. officials accused them of killing hundreds of civilians in ethnically motivated attacks.

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8 hours ago Deadly protests follow man’s slaying in Rio de Janeiro favela

RIO DE JANEIRO — Fear and confusion swept the streets of Copacabana on Wednesday after residents of a nearby slum, protesting the death of a local man, swarmed the streets of one of the Brazilian city’s most famous beach neighborhoods.

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8 hours ago WorldViews: A year later, Bangladesh’s garment factory disaster is still an open wound

Last year on April 24, an eight-story garment factory in the environs of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka collapsed, killing over 1,100 workers inside and injuring some 2,500 more. It was one of the worst industrial disasters in modern memory and, for a brief moment, drew Western attention to the often terrible conditions that underlie the global garment industry.

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11 hours ago Palestinian groups Fatah, Hamas announce accord that could threaten Mideast peace talks

JERUSALEM — Rival Palestinian political factions on Wednesday announced a surprise reconciliation deal and plans for a unified government, upending U.S.-backed peace talks with Israel just days before a deadline to end or extend the most substantive negotiations in years.

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11 hours ago WorldViews: Debate over English identity flares up on day honoring dragon-slaying saint

Wednesday is St George's Day, the feast day of the martyred knight who has been England's patron saint since 1350. The occasion has been marked with a Google Doodle, the ringing of bells in churches, some vigorous Morris dancing and even an "asparagus run" to welcome the harvest. But, invariably for a country built on overlapping and, at times, conflicting national identities, the annual honoring of St George has also brought out a new round of British angst and hand-wringing.

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11 hours ago WorldViews: Why Erdogan’s ‘unprecedented’ statement on Armenian massacres left many unsatisfied

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a surprising move Wednesday: Speaking on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the controversial mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman soldiers in 1915, he expressed condolences for the "inhumane" incident.

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11 hours ago Russia threatens retaliation as Kiev orders military moves in eastern Ukraine

HORLIVKA, Ukraine — Russia warned Wednesday that it was prepared to retaliate against any attack on its citizens or interests in Ukraine, as the Kiev government resumed military operations against pro-Russian militants in the eastern part of the country.

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14 hours ago Fighting rages in South Sudan, days after discovery of hundreds of bodies

NAIROBI — Fierce clashes erupted in South Sudan on Wednesday as rebels sought to seize control of more oil-rich areas two days after being accused of killing hundreds of civilians in ethnically motivated attacks.

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14 hours ago Palestinian groups Fatah, Hamas announce accord that could threaten Mideast peace talks

JERUSALEM — Rival Palestinian political factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday announced a reconciliation deal that could lead to the formation of a unified government, raising significant news obstacles to further negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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14 hours ago WorldViews: Debate over English identity flares up on day honoring dragon-slaying saint

Wednesday is St George's Day, the feast day of the martyred knight who has been Britain's patron saint since 1350. The occasion has been marked with a Google Doodle, the ringing of bells in churches, some vigorous Morris dancing and even an "asparagus run" to welcome the harvest. But, invariably for a country built on overlapping and, at times, conflicting national identities, the annual honoring of St George has also brought out a new round of British angst and hand-wringing.

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17 hours ago U.S. to partially resume military aid to Egypt

The United States has decided to resume delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt, the Pentagon announced late Tuesday, backtracking on a decision officials made last summer following the country’s military coup and its violent aftermath.

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17 hours ago Sahu vs. Sahu vs. Sahu: Indian politicians run ‘clone’ candidates to trick voters

NEWSA, India — Lakhan Sahu, a rice farmer, is running for a seat in India’s Parliament. But on a recent afternoon, three days before the election, he was napping bare-chested outside his mud hut instead of campaigning.

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17 hours ago Q&A: Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun interviews President Obama

Following is a transcript of a written interview with President Obama conducted by the Yomiuri Shimbun. The White House provided the newspaper with Obama’s answers on Monday, in advance of the president’s trip to Asia.

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17 hours ago Kiev orders military moves in eastern Ukraine; Russians threatens retaliation

HORLIVKA, Ukraine — The Ukrainian government Wednesday ordered the resumption of military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east after a local political supporter was kidnapped and killed, and Russia warned that it would retaliate if its citizens or interests were attacked.

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17 hours ago WorldViews: How Justin Bieber inadvertently stepped into one of the world’s greatest geopolitical co

Justin Bieber has a habit of getting into trouble, but nothing may have quite prepared the Canadian pop star for the scale of the geopolitical situation he just got himself into in Japan.

The problem arose when the 20-year-old posted two photos to his Instagram page that appeared to show his visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Both pictures have now been deleted, but not before they spread around the world. For example, the image above was posted to the Beijing-based That's Magazine. The reaction has been largely negative. "Say sorry to Chinese," one user writes in the screen grab above, while others swore at the pop star.

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17 hours ago WorldViews: An updated glossary with everything you need to know about Ukraine’s crisis

About six weeks ago, we published a glossary of key terms in the Ukraine crisis; since then, Crimea voted to become part of Russia and conflict has shifted to the eastern part of the country. Here are the key words, phrases, people and places involved.

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20 hours ago Sahu vs. Sahu vs. Sahu: Indian politicians run ‘clone’ candidates to trick voters

NEWSA, India — Lakhan Sahu, a rice farmer, is running for a seat in India’s Parliament. But on a recent afternoon, just days before the election, he was napping bare-chested outside his mud hut instead of campaigning.

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20 hours ago Kiev orders military moves in eastern Ukraine; Russians threatens retaliation

HORLIVKA, Ukraine — The Ukrainian government ordered military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east to resume Wednesday after a local political supporter was kidnapped and killed, and Russia warned that it would retaliate if its citizens or interests were attacked.

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Yesterday ‘Piles’ of bodies left after attack on civilians by gunmen in South Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya — Gunmen in South Sudan who targeted civilians, including children and the elderly, left “piles and piles” of bodies, many of them in a mosque and a hospital, the United Nations’s top humanitarian official in the country said Tuesday.

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Yesterday Egyptian draft laws to widen ‘terror’ definition drawing fierce criticism

CAIRO — New anti-terrorism legislation proposed by Egypt’s cabinet is drawing searing criticism from rights groups and lawyers that it would grant authorities far-reaching powers to quash dissent amid an already alarming slide toward authoritarianism.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Syria’s ‘lost generation’ might be largest displacement since WWII

As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year things are just getting worse, and often, it's the children who are suffering the most.

Nine and a half million people have been uprooted by the Syrian civil war, according to the United Nations. That’s about 40 percent of Syria’s pre-war population. About 3 million have fled to neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, while six and a half million are internally displaced within the borders of their own country. At least half of the Syrians displaced are children.

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Yesterday To buoy shaky Ukrainian government, U.S. pledging aid and sending troops to E. Europe

KIEV, Ukraine — Vice President Biden pledged additional American aid Tuesday to help the government here, as the Pentagon announced that it would respond to Russia’s involvement in Ukraine by sending about 600 U.S. troops to conduct exercises and training in Poland and the three Baltic states.

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Yesterday WorldViews: A tattoo of the Buddha gets you thrown out of Sri Lanka

A British woman, identified in media reports as Naomi Coleman, a 37-year-old nurse, was arrested Monday and sent to a deportation center soon after arriving in Sri Lanka. The reason? A taxi driver and plain clothes police officer spotted the tattoo on her arm of an image of the Buddha sitting atop a lotus flower.

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Yesterday In Russia, a Soviet revival grips leadership

MOSCOW — Gone these 23 years, the Soviet Union is suddenly alive and well again in the minds of a giddy cohort of the Russian elite. Not the ideology, please — but the gravity, the cold-eyed assertion of power abroad and at home, and the allegiance demanded by the state.

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Yesterday WorldViews: 9 in 10 Indians see rape as a ‘very big problem’

Nine in 10 Indians agreed that rape is a "very big problem" in their country, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.

The survey comes in the wake of a gruesome gang rape in December 2012 that shocked the nation. Law enforcement officials and experts say that, despite the passage of tighter sexual-assault laws, prosecutions remain slow and aggressors feel a sense of impunity. A rape occurs every 22 minutes in India, according to government crime records.

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Yesterday With eye on Russia, U.S. troops to conduct exercises in Eastern Europe

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it would send about 600 troops to Poland and the three Baltic states to conduct exercises and training in response to Russia’s involvement in nearby Ukraine.

“Since Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, we have been constantly looking at ways to reassure allies and partners,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told reporters. “If there’s a message to Moscow, it is the same exact message, that we take our obligations very, very seriously on the continent of Europe.”

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