Senate passes Republican budget with deep safety net cuts

WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.

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EU agency may advise airlines adopt two person cockpit norm: source

PARIS - The European Union's air safety regulator may advise airlines to ensure that two crew members are in the cockpit of passenger planes at all times, in the wake of a suspected suicide crash of a Germanwings airliner, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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American Apparel ex-CEO Charney seeks $40 million in damages

- The former chief executive and founder of hipster clothing brand American Apparel Inc , Dov Charney, is claiming $40 million in damages for a breach of employment contract, his attorney said.

South Korea demands release of two men accused by North Korea of espionage

SEOUL - South Korea demanded the immediate release on Friday of two of its citizens being held in North Korea on accusations spying. | Video

Amazon in talks to buy online luxury retailer Net-a-Porter: Forbes

- is in talks to buy online luxury retailer Net-a-porter in what could be the biggest acquisition yet for the e-commerce giant, but the negotiations are in early stages and could fall apart, Forbes reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

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The $50 device that symbolizes a shift in North Korea

SEOUL - A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government's efforts to keep its people isolated - a symbol of change in one of the world's most repressed societies. | Video

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China 'seriously concerned' by Philippine's building in South China Sea

BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry expressed serious concern on Friday after the Philippines said it would resume repair and reconstruction works on disputed islands in the South China Sea, saying Manila was infringing on Chinese sovereignty.