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Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment

The president is on the first stop in an eight-day trip to Asia that also will see him visit Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.
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American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents

The reporter for Vice News was seized by gunmen on Tuesday but is "fine," according to a spokeswoman for his kidnappers.
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Nigerian Activist Chooses Exile Over Life In The Closet

Ten years ago, Bisi Alimi came out on national television in Nigeria. He says the move alienated him from his family and forced him out of the country.
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7 Weeks Before World Cup, Rio Is Rocked By Riot

Angry residents of a favela, or slum, set fires and threw bottles after a young man's body was found. They blame police for his death. Authorities have stepped up security in advance of the World Cup.
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Government Will Try To Persuade Sherpas To Stay On Everest

Some of the guides have reportedly packed up to leave. Shaken by the deaths last week of 16 Sherpas, many don't want to climb this year. Negotiators are headed to Everest's base camp.
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Death Toll Rises, Hopes Fade At Site Of Korean Ferry Disaster

Divers have found no air pockets where passengers might have taken refuge. They have, however, retrieved more bodies. The number of confirmed deaths has topped 150. An equal number remain missing.
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'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet

Investigators are studying a piece of metal discovered on a beach in western Australia to see if it might be debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
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Security Situation In Eastern Ukraine Is Unpredictable

In some of the towns where pro-Moscow militants have occupied government buildings, it is clear that someone is giving orders. In other places, a state of near chaos reigns.
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Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy?

As Western leaders craft another round of sanctions to counter the Russian president's moves in Crimea, they might do well to consult a grandmaster at chess — Russia's national pastime.
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U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test

The State Department, citing news reports of heightened activity at Pyongyang's test site, says it's closely watching the situation.

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