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Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands.

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Australia rules out link between debris and Malaysian plane

PERTH/MELBOURNE - Authorities ruled out any link between debris picked up on an Australian beach and a missing Malaysian jetliner on Thursday as a tropical cyclone again threatened to hamper a 26-nation air, surface and underwater search of the Indian Ocean.

At least three foreigners killed in attack at Kabul hospital: security sources

KABUL - At least three foreigners were killed when a security guard opened fire at an international hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday, Afghan security sources said.

Afghanistan, World 2:39am EDT

Thai opposition leader seeks compromise to avert bloodshed

BANGKOK - Alarmed by the prospect of bloodshed in Thailand as a six-month political crisis nears a critical juncture, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has called for talks between the government and its foes, urging compromise to restore stability.

World, Thailand 2:44am EDT

Facebook first-quarter revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets.

Tech, Facebook 23 Apr 2014

Ukraine revolt shows faces, but whose are the brains?

DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - One is a dapper former croupier and promoter of Ponzi scams run by "Russia's Bernie Madoff"; the other is a burly Soviet Navy veteran turned soap factory boss, with a shifting gaze and a glint of gold teeth.

World, Russia 23 Apr 2014
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U.S. would reassess aid if Hamas-PLO form government - official

WASHINGTON - The United States would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization form a government together, a senior U.S. administration official said on Thursday.