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Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan

TOKYO - President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that Washington's real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. | Video

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Children's corpses reveal desperate attempts to escape Korean ferry

MOKPO/SEOUL - South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. | Video

South Korea 12:05pm EDT

Australia, Malaysia vow to keep searching to solve plane mystery

PERTH, Australia - Australia and Malaysia vowed on Wednesday to keep searching for a missing Malaysian plane despite no sign of wreckage after almost seven weeks, and as bad weather again grounded aircraft and an undersea drone neared the end of its first full mission.

Three charged in plot to ship chemical lab equipment from U.S. to Syria

WASHINGTON - Three men have been charged in a conspiracy to export chemical laboratory equipment from the United States to Syria, according to an unsealed indictment released on Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Syria 2:53pm EDT

Iran prison chief replaced after alleged beatings

DUBAI - Iran said on Wednesday it had replaced the country's prisons chief amid an uproar over alleged beating of political prisoners last week in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison

Davos 2:12pm EDT

Syrians' plight worsens, hope for political deal fades

GENEVA - Hopes for a political deal to end Syria's war are fading and it is getting harder every day to send aid to millions of trapped and displaced civilians, U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said on Wednesday.

United Nations, Syria 12:21pm EDT

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