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Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands.

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At least three foreigners killed in attack at Kabul hospital: security sources

KABUL - At least three foreigners were killed when a security guard opened fire at an international hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday, Afghan security sources said.

Afghanistan, 2:39am EDT

Australia rules out link between debris and Malaysian plane

PERTH/MELBOURNE - Authorities ruled out any link between debris picked up on an Australian beach and a missing Malaysian jetliner on Thursday as a tropical cyclone again threatened to hamper a 26-nation air, surface and underwater search of the Indian Ocean.

India's BJP eyes gains in south, east to cut clout of regional queens

CHENNAI, India - India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party was set to make gains in two big states in the south and east that began voting on Thursday in the sixth phase of a mammoth general election that could help it build a stable majority in parliament.

3:54am EDT

Earthquake shakes British Columbia; no injuries reported

SEATTLE - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 rattled the coast of British Columbia's Vancouver Island on Wednesday evening and was felt by hundreds of people in dozens of cities in Canada and the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

3:33am EDT

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

Russia 3:08am EDT

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