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world Japan pact 'covers disputed islands'

US President Barack Obama restates support for Japan over disputed islands but warns that dialogue - not escalation - is the way forward.

21 minutes ago // VOA

world Obama: Senkaku Islands Fall Under US-Japan Defense Treaty

President Barack Obama has reaffirmed the U.S. treaty commitment to defend Japan, including a group of East China Sea islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing.Following a Thursday meeting in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr. Obama explicitly stated the Senkaku Islands fall under the treaty obliging the United States to defend Japan if attacked. Mr. Obama stressed the U.S. does not take a position on the sovereignty of the islands, known in China as Diaoyu. But he noted they are

21 minutes ago // BBC

world Madeleine 'clues' and Mark Shand death - papers

A police update in the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann and the death of the brother of the Duchess of Cornwall after a fall in New York attract headlines.

24 minutes ago // The Guardian

world 'He died as a martyr': father of UK teen killed fighting Assad forces speaks out

The journey of the Deghayes brothers from seaside upbringing to Syrian battlefield is one the authorities were hoping to prevent Continue reading...

24 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Transurban makes inroads into Queensland, buys Brisbane motorways

Toll roads operator spends $7bn, adding to its Melbourne and Sydney assets Continue reading...

27 minutes ago // VOA

world Obama: Russia Not Abiding by Geneva Agreement with Ukraine

President Barack Obama said Russia is not abiding by the Geneva agreement to ease the crisis in Ukraine, and he is not hopeful the Russians will carry out the deal. The president said at a Tokyo news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Russia has not chosen what he calls the "wise path" and that stronger sanctions are possible. Obama told reporters Ukraine has been taking the concrete steps agreed to last week in Geneva. That includes offering amnesty to armed

30 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world U.S., Japan to Push Ahead With Trade Talks

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have instructed their chief trade negotiators to push forward in efforts to reach a deal seen as crucial to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

32 minutes ago // New York Times

world Sinosphere Blog: Report Finds Widespread Water Pollution in China

The majority of areas being monitored for water pollution by the Chinese government had very poor or relatively poor underground water quality.

35 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Nauru guards accused of assaulting children

Exclusive: Charity worker's letter says guard hit girl so hard on head that she fell to the ground Continue reading...

35 minutes ago // Reuters

world Pakistan fighter jets target militant hideouts near Afghan border

ISLAMABAD Reuters - Pakistani fighter jets pounded suspected militant hideouts near the Afghan border on Thursday in response to a recent spate of attacks, the army said.

35 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world Russia tells Ukraine to pull back troops

Moscow insists that Kiev pull back its troops from eastern Ukraine, as it accuses Washington of distorting Geneva pact.

40 minutes ago // VOA

world Twenty Years On, South Africa Still Struggles With Racial Reconciliation

Nelson Mandela's greatest legacy to South Africa was his belief in forgiveness and reconciliation among the racially divided population. But has South Africa truly reconciled 20 years after the anniversary of the end of apartheid? VOA's Chris Simkins offers his perspective as a journalist who has covered the U.S.' own struggles for racial harmony and reported from South Africa last year. I first learned about race in 1970, the year North Carolina de-segregated its schools. My firs

40 minutes ago // Sky News

world Palestinian Unity Deal 'Threat To Peace Talks'

Hamas and Fatah will attempt to form a unity government within weeks but the US warns the deal could derail Israeli peace talks.

49 minutes ago // New York Times

world Sinosphere Blog: Tainted Food in China Cited in Cyclists Failed Doping Test

The cyclist Michael Rogers tested positive for clenbuterol, which is used by farmers in China to produce leaner meat.

51 minutes ago // ABC

world Obama: New Sanctions Against Russia Are 'Teed Up'

Obama: New sanctions against Russia 'teed up' Moscow not easing tensions in Ukraine

52 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world UK urges Muslim women to curb Syria war trips

Police reach out to wives, mothers and sisters in drive to stop young British men travelling to and fighting in Syria.

52 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world Obama calls for peaceful end to island dispute

TOKYO President Barack Obama said Thursday that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands."Historically they have been administered by Japan and we do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally," Obama said at a news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "What is a consistent part of the alliance is that th

54 minutes ago // ABC

world Obama: Time Is Now to Resolve Trade Pact Issues

In Tokyo, Obama says time is now to resolve issues hindering trans-Pacific trade pact

55 minutes ago // Time

world Four Killed in Kenya Car Bomb

Chief of Kenya's police vows war on terrorism after car bomb explodes in a northeastern suburb of the capital Nairobi

55 minutes ago // BBC

world Tories would end wind farm subsidies

The Conservatives say they will not subsidise new onshore wind farms if they win the 2015 general election.

56 minutes ago // ABC

world Obama Says Further Russia Sanctions Are "Teed Up" in Response to Ukraine Crisis

Obama says further Russia sanctions are "teed up" in response to Ukraine crisis

58 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Captain Suspected in Tanker Robbery

Malaysian authorities on Wednesday said they are investigating whether the missing captain and two senior crew members from an oil tanker were involved in the robbery of 3 million liters of diesel fuel in the pirate-infested Strait of Malacca.

59 minutes ago // MSNBC

world FDA Proposes First E-Cigarette Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed asserting its authority over new tobacco products on Thursday, including e-cigarettes, flavored cigars and nicotine gels.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world U.S., Japan to Push Ahead With Trade Talks

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have instructed their chief trade negotiators to reach an agreement on a deal seen as crucial to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

1 hour ago // VOA

world 20 Years On: Why Did It Take a Prisoner to Bring Down Apartheid?

The 20th anniversary of the end of South Africa's despised apartheid regime falls on April 27. It came about in a surprising way: not by violence or revolution, but through compromise and negotiation. Two prominent South Africans who were at the forefront of the discussions -- and on opposite sides of the negotiating table -- say it was the courageous act of one man, Nelson Mandela, that made that possible. What would lead to the end of apartheid began secretly, with informal talks in the

1 hour ago // Fox News

world Top Nepal officials fly to Everest to meet with Sherpas who want to abandon climbing season

Top tourism officials in Nepal are on their way to Mount Everest's base camp to negotiate with Sherpas who want to abandon the climbing season after an avalanche killed 16 of the mountain guides.

1 hour ago // ABC

world Obama: Not Hopeful North Korea Will Change Soon

Obama says he's not optimistic North Korea will shift from irresponsible actions soon

1 hour ago // Fox News

world Magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes off British Columbia

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 6.7 quake has been recorded in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of British Columbia's Vancouver Island.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Bogota mayor Gustavo Petro reinstated

Reins of Colombia's biggest city change hands for third time in just over a month as court order forces backdown by president Continue reading...

1 hour ago // Al Jazeera

world India votes on second biggest polling day

Eleven states and a union territory voting for 117 seats in the Lok Sabha parliamentary elections.

1 hour ago // ABC

world Obama: Russia Not Abiding by Agreement on Ukraine

Obama: Russia not abiding by Geneva agreement to ease tensions with Ukraine

1 hour ago // CBS

world Clemson coach accused of pushing religion on football team

Coach says he won't change anything after group complains he is promoting his own Christian religion among players at publicly funded institution

1 hour ago // CBS

world Clemson coach accused of pushing religion on football team

Coach says he won't change anything after group complains he is promoting his Christian religion among players at publicly funded institution

1 hour ago // ABC

world Magnitude 6.7 Quake off British Columbia Coast

Magnitude 6.7 quake off British Columbia's Vancouver Island; no reports of injuries, damage

1 hour ago // VOA

world Israel, US Condemn Palestinian Plan to Form Unity Government

Long-divided Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip have announced plans to form a unity government in the near future. While Palestinians celebrate the news, Israel and the United States have expressed concern about what it means for the fragile Mideast peace process.   Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah announced Wednesday they will soon begin talks to form a unity government.   "An agreement has been reached on the formation within five weeks of an in

1 hour ago // Sky News

world F1 Boss Ecclestone To Face Bribery Charges

Mr Ecclestone denies bribing a German banker to facilitate the sale of his bank's stake in F1 to private equity group CVC.