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Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China ahead of visit

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 imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower.

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Australia vows to keep searching to solve missing Malaysian plane mystery

PERTH, Australia - Australia 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.

Import tariffs strain rich-poor gap in 'madly expensive' Luanda

LUANDA - In Luanda's Jumbo supermarket, a half-liter tub of imported vanilla ice-cream used to cost $25, testament to the Angolan capital's rank as one of the world's most expensive cities.

Africa 2:12am EDT

Thai court gives PM more time in abuse of power case

BANGKOK - Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until early May to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, delaying a verdict that could see her removed from office.

Thailand 1:18am EDT

China military says faces 'complex' task keeping secrets

BEIJING - China's military faces a "severe and complex" task in maintaining secrecy, especially given the widespread use of the internet and mobile communications, and needs to ensure security is tightened, a top military paper said on Wednesday.

China 1:59am EDT

Iran asks U.N. to act on U.S. ban on new ambassador

UNITED NATIONS - Iran asked the United Nations on Tuesday to demand that the United States grant a visa to Tehran's proposed new U.N. envoy, while Washington stood firm on its decision to deny entry to Hamid Abutalebi over his suspected links to hostage-takers.

United Nations 12:01am EDT

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