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Pro-Russian insurgents hold US journalist captive

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified "bad activities." Learn More

 

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Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence. More »

 

SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. More »

 

Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships. More »

 

SKorean city full of grief prepares for more

ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for many, many more pictures. More »

 

France unveils plan to fight jihadist threat

PARIS (AP) — France is cracking down on youth who leave their homes to fight with Islamist radicals in Syria's civil war. More »

 

Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian lawmaker announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election — the first to field his bid for the top post in a vote called despite the country's relentless civil war, state-run television reported Wednesday. More »

 

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. More »

 

Greece hits milestone, opens way for debt relief

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece has reached a major financial milestone that its creditors demanded as a precondition for being granted more debt relief, the European Commission said Wednesday. More »

 

Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's chances of ending its three-year bailout program without requiring more help have increased after interest rates fell steeply in a 10-year bond auction Wednesday. More »

 

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