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U.S., Japan have TPP market access breakthrough: official 
April 25, 2014 07:28 AM (Last Updated: 25/04/2014 07:33 AM)
The U.S. and Japan have achieved a breakthrough on market access in bilateral talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, although no final agreement has been reached, a senior U.S. official says.
Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute 
April 24, 2014 07:24 AM (Last Updated: 24/04/2014 12:55 PM)
Showing solidarity with Japan, Obama affirms that the U.S. will be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands.
Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up' 
By Julie Pace | April 24, 2014 10:52 AM (Last Updated: 24/04/2014 01:49 PM)
President Barack Obama warns Moscow that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" - even as he acknowledges those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine.
Russia starts border army drill after Ukraine attacks rebels 
By Bertrand De Saisset, Maria Antonova | April 24, 2014 04:42 PM (Last Updated: 24/04/2014 07:39 PM)
Russia ordered new military exercises on the border of Ukraine Thursday and warned of "consequences" after Kiev launched a deadly assault against pro-Kremlin rebels occupying the flashpoint town of Slavyansk, in an escalation of the crisis.
The flight of the interventionists 
By Michael Glackin | April 25, 2014 12:14 AM
Much learned ink has been spilt in recent weeks marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, where Hutu extremists, in a 100-day orgy of violence, murdered an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis.
Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers 
By Cara Anna | April 24, 2014 01:19 PM
The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament.
Sanctions should be coupled with political dialogue in Ukraine 
By Alexander Likhotal | April 25, 2014 12:14 AM
The Ukraine crisis has evolved from acute to chronic. The main question – Will Russia dare to invade mainland Ukraine? – has been answered: Not now. So, now what?
Clashes in east Ukraine leave at least 2 dead 
By YURAS KARMANAU | April 24, 2014 12:45 PM (Last Updated: 24/04/2014 04:59 PM)
Ukrainian government troops move against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country and kill at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents say.
Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip 
April 24, 2014 12:21 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday to launch an Asian tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of “rebalancing” U.S. foreign policy toward a dynamic Asia.
Obama dreams of sushi on first night in Tokyo 
By Hiroshi Hiyama | April 24, 2014 12:19 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama dined at a tiny Tokyo sushi restaurant Wednesday evening – a place with three coveted Michelin stars but only a handful of seats – ruled with an iron rod by its redoubtable 88-year-old owner, Jiro.
Obama’s Syrian cyberwar conundrum 
By Bernd Debusmann | April 24, 2014 12:22 AM
To hear American experts on computer warfare tell it, the United States has cyber weapons that could cripple the Syrian government’s air defense, disrupt military communications, and knock out the power grid.
Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip 
April 23, 2014 01:34 PM
Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.
Ukraine’s Russian gas bills dwarf U.S. aid offer 
By Julianna Goldman, Nicole Gaouette, Joe Carroll | April 24, 2014 12:24 AM
Ukraine’s best hope for keeping furnaces and factories running through next winter is to store as much natural gas as it can after a U.S. aid pledge fell far short of the nation’s needs.
Pope Francis reconciles ideological opposites in his church 
By Peter McDonough | April 24, 2014 12:23 AM
Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II are the odd couple of modern Roman Catholicism.
Activity at NKorea site hints at nuke test preps 
By Matthew Pennington | April 22, 2014 09:57 PM
Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday.
Death toll in South Korea ferry disaster crosses 100 
By Lim Chang-Won | April 22, 2014 10:44 AM
The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crosses 100, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerate the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel.
Key dates since Syria's 2013 chemical attack 
April 22, 2014 11:34 PM
Here is a timeline of the main events since chemical weapons attacks near Damascus on August 21, 2013.
Apple offering free recycling of all used products 
By Michael Liedtke | April 22, 2014 12:13 PM
Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.
Oman fights Saudi Gulf dominance bid with Iran pipeline 
By Dana El Baltaji | April 23, 2014 12:17 AM
Oman’s plan to build a $1 billion natural-gas pipeline from Iran is the latest sign that Saudi Arabia is failing to bind its smaller Gulf neighbors into a tighter bloc united in hostility toward the Islamic Republic.
Iran general urges Tehran to make new U.N. pick 
April 19, 2014 01:33 PM
A senior Iranian military official has urged the Foreign Ministry to name a new envoy to the U.N. after the U.S. blocked Hamid Aboutalebi from entering the country.

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