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Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

Saturday, 19 April 2014 10:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China. Each of the four countries on Obama's itinerary — Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines — has a dispute with Beijing over islands in the South and East China Seas. Their leaders will be weighing Obama's willingness to support…
How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse
Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:15
By David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet…
Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL
Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms. Fat chance. The State Department is indefinitely extending the government's review of the contentious oil pipeline and citing ongoing litigation over its route across Nebraska. The project has taken on a life of its own as climate change activists battle with…
State Dept. delays review of Keystone pipeline
Friday, 18 April 2014 14:15
View gallery A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Nebraska March 10, 2014. … WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit. That could push a decision about the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections in November.
Clock ticks for states to adopt health exchanges
Friday, 18 April 2014 12:53
CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges. With the chance to apply for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal help set to expire in a few months, even Obama's home state of Illinois is expressing little interest in taking the next step.
Emotions, questions mount as S. Korea ferry rescue efforts continue
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:15
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead. Tragedy struck in another way Friday when a high school vice principal who had been rescued from the ferry was…
12 killed, 3 missing in Everest avalanche
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:15
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit them at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue…
No marathon run for Boston chief
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:15
BOSTON — Three days after the bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, William Evans went for a run before work — at 3:30 a.m. "The day the president and first lady came to town, I had to be at the scene at 5 a.m.," Evans, who at the time was Boston Police superintendent, said in a recent interview with Yahoo News. "So I went out at 3:30 and ran for 30 minutes. I wanted to…
Ukrainian insurgents reject call to quit buildings
Friday, 18 April 2014 07:00
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns. Denis Pushilin, a chairman of the self-appointed Donetsk People's Republic, told reporters that the insurgents do not recognize the Ukrainian government as legitimate. Ukraine and Russia on Thursday agreed to take tentative steps toward calming tensions along their shared border after…
For Boston's new police commissioner, keeping marathon safe means not running for a change
Friday, 18 April 2014 07:00
BOSTON — Three days after the bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, William Evans went for a run before work — at 3:30 a.m. "The day the president and first lady came to town, I had to be at the scene at 5 a.m.," Evans, who at the time was Boston Police superintendent, said in a recent interview with Yahoo News. "So I went out at 3:30 and ran for 30 minutes. I wanted to…
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