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Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China as Asia trip begins

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. | Video

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Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt

CAIRO/ALEXANDRIA - An Egyptian police officer and a militant were killed during a security operation near Alexandria on Wednesday, and another senior officer died after a bomb blew up his car near Cairo, the Interior Ministry said.

Egypt 5:55am EDT

Netanyahu tells Abbas to choose peace partner: Hamas or Israel

JERUSALEM - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday over just-revived unity talks with Hamas, saying he had to choose between peace with Israel or its Islamist enemy.

Israel 7:20am EDT

Lebanese MPs fail to pick new president in first vote

BEIRUT - Lebanese parliamentarians failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Wednesday, with leading candidate Samir Geagea falling well short of the required two-thirds majority.

6:29am EDT

China says probing reports Chinese chlorine used in Syria attack

BEIJING - China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it was investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country's biggest arms maker was shown in footage believed to document a gas attack in Syria this month.

China, United Nations 6:57am EDT

Hong Kong and Philippines settle spat over 2010 bus tragedy

HONG KONG - Hong Kong on Wednesday scrapped travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila offered an apology and compensation for a hostage tragedy almost four years ago, settling a lengthy diplomatic spat between the two.

7:06am EDT

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