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Obama to use Japan visit to reassure Asian allies

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

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Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

KIEV - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. | Video

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Campaign to stop Britons joining Syria fight targets women

LONDON - British police will ask women to help persuade young people not to go out to fight in Syria, in a new campaign to stem an exodus which authorities fear could breed militants at home.

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Syria eyes end of chemical arms monitoring mission; West disagrees

UNITED NATIONS - Syria declared on Wednesday that it was looking ahead to the dismantling of the international mission overseeing the destruction of the conflict-torn country's chemical arsenal, though Western officials said they want the team to keep working.

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Pentagon dossier to detail secretive U.S. Afghan detainee policy

WASHINGTON - Some of them have been locked up for a dozen years. Some are suspected fighters from Yemen, Russia or Pakistan, arrested by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere. Several have been linked to al Qaeda.

Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt

CAIRO - A senior police officer was killed near Cairo on Wednesday in a bomb attack claimed by a militant group, while security forces stormed a hideout used by another Islamist organization near Alexandria in a raid that left an officer and a militant dead.

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