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Kashmir killings overshadow next round of voting in India

NEW DELHI (AFP) ― Rebels shot dead two village heads and another man in Indian Kashmir, police said Tuesday, casting a shadow on the next round of India’s marathon general elections slated for later...

Updated : 2014.04.23 20:12

Israel rejects Abbas’ conditions for talks

JERUSALEM (AFP) ― Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday that he would extend faltering peace talks with Israel only if it agreed to conditions, including a settlement freeze, which it promptly rejected.“He who makes such conditions does not want peace,” a senior Israeli offici...

Updated : 2014.04.23 20:12

Obama’s visit lifts lid on Asia tensions

TOKYO (AFP) ― U.S. President Barack Obama’s Asian tour which starts in Japan on Wednesday has lifted the lid on a bubbling cauldron of regional animosities, exposing historical rifts that Washington...

Updated : 2014.04.23 20:12

Australia signals deeper search for missing Malaysian plane

CANBERRA (AP) ― Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper bene...

Updated : 2014.04.23 20:11

Violence erupts in Rio slum near Olympic Games venues

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) ― A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass...

Updated : 2014.04.23 20:11

Ukraine orders army operation in east

KIEV (AP) ― Ukraine’s acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country’s east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reportedly hit by gunfire. The developments ― just hour...

Updated : 2014.04.23 20:11

Investor pressure pushes M&A deals of drugmakers

NEW YORK (AP) ― Drugmakers eager to satisfy shareholders by boosting profits and share prices are wheeling, dealing and in one case even making trades like a pro sports team looking to shake up its r...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:52

China factory activity signals economic weakness

A Chinese manufacturing gauge signaled a fourth month of contraction, indicating that government efforts to counter an economic slowdown have had only a limited impact. The preliminary Purchasing Mana...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:51

Powdered alcohol for U.S. market hits label snag

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― A powder that would give new meaning to mixed drinks may take time to hit the U.S. market, the company said Tuesday after regulators found a labeling problem.Palcohol ― a powdered alcohol product ― is made by an Arizona company called Lipsmark and will come in six var...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:51

Pistorius family denies he took acting classes for trial

PRETORIA (AFP) ― A spokeswoman for Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday said suggestions that the Paralympian had taken acting lessons ahead of his emotional murder trial testimony were “totally devoid of any...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:35

Everest sherpas to walk out

KATMANDU (AP) ― Most Sherpa mountain climbers have decided to leave Mount Everest, a guide said Tuesday, confirming a walkout certain to disrupt a climbing season that was already marked by grief ove...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:35

Cuba film festival to pay tribute to Garcia Marquez

HAVANA (AP) ― Cuba is dedicating this year’s Havana Film Festival to the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Garcia Marquez was a longtime friend of former leader Fidel Castro ...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:34

Pistorius family deny he took acting classes for trial

A spokeswoman for Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday said suggestions that the Paralympian had taken acting lessons ahead of his emotional murder trial testimony were "totally devoid of any truth.”We "deny t...

Updated : 2014.04.23 10:22

MH370 relatives reject Malaysian conclusions on plane

Relatives of flight MH370 passengers have denounced the Malaysian government's suggestion that it would soon look into issuing death certificates for those on board despite no proof yet of what happened to the plane.The statement, issued in response to a weekend briefing that Malaysian  o...

Updated : 2014.04.23 10:18

Japanese lawmakers visit war shrine

TOKYO (AFP) ― A group of nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine on Tuesday, a move that could further worsen ties with Asian neighbors, on the eve of U.S. Preside...

Updated : 2014.04.22 21:04