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Putin risks upstaging talks on defusing Ukraine crisis

GENEVA/MOSCOW - Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin. | Video

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Syrian opposition accuses Assad's forces of new poison gas attack

BEIRUT - Opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of a new poison gas attack in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, posting footage of four men being treated by medics.

United Nations, Syria 16 Apr 2014

Obama, Abe to battle negative images at U.S.-Japan summit

TOKYO/WASHINGTON - When President Barack Obama meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a summit next week, they will be battling negative undercurrents that could undermine their message that Asia's most important security alliance is firm.

Japan 16 Apr 2014

Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

WASHINGTON/MANILA - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter.

Politics, China 16 Apr 2014

China releases blogger on bail, jails another amid rumor crackdown

BEIJING - A Chinese-American venture capitalist known for his controversial blogs has been released on bail after nearly eight months in detention because of a "serious illness", Beijing police said amid a crackdown on online dissent.

16 Apr 2014

Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election

ALGIERS - Algerians vote on Thursday in an election President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is widely expected to win after 15 years in power even though he has spoken rarely in public since suffering a stroke last year.

16 Apr 2014

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