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Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist captive
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist who has not been seen since early Tuesday....
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Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth....
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Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming....
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AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety
MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon (AP) -- As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon....
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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....
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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....
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Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- A closely-watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining momentum....
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In India's vote, Hindu holy city is battleground
VARANASI, India (AP) -- For tens of millions of Hindus, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage. Crowded with ancient temples and shrines, its streets jammed with believers and tourists, this city on the banks of the holy Ganges River is where the devout believe they attain instant salvation....
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UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy
PARIS (AP) -- A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high....
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Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Unidentified material that has washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane, authorities said Wednesday....
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