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U.S., South Korea, Japan seek to raise pressure on North's nuclear program

SEOUL - The United States and two key Asian allies discussed how to increase pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program and will urge China to help bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table, officials said.

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Japan, Philippines to deepen ties as China asserts sea claims

TOKYO/MANILA - Japan and the Philippines are set to bolster security ties when President Benigno Aquino visits Tokyo next week, the latest move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to beef up cooperation with Southeast Asian nations facing China's growing naval ambitions.

Japan 7:27am EDT

Israel, Palestinians pull back after Gaza exchange of fire

GAZA - Israel and Palestinian militants appeared to be pulling back on Wednesday from further hostilities after Israel responded with air strikes to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.

Israel 6:25am EDT

Singapore detains two 'self-radicalized' teens, one aimed to join Islamic State

SINGAPORE - Singapore has detained two "self-radicalized" teenagers, one of whom wanted to join Islamic State militants in Syria, under an internal security law that allows for detention without trial for two years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday.

Syria 6:30am EDT

Pakistan seeks FBI help to investigate firm accused of faking diplomas

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has asked U.S. authorities to help it investigate Axact, a software firm accused of earning millions of dollars from the international sale of bogus university degrees online, officials said on Wednesday.

7:31am EDT

Breather for Greenpeace in battle with Indian government

NEW DELHI - An Indian court on Wednesday allowed Greenpeace to gather domestic donations in two accounts frozen by the government, extending a lifeline to the environmental group that says it is facing the first forced shutdown of one of its global units.

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