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Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats

Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats

National Security Adviser Susan Rice, right, accompanied by Ben Rhodes, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, speaks about President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Asia, Friday April 18, 2014 , at the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack…

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Iran denounces US ruling to sell property

Iran denounces US ruling to sell property

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has condemned a ruling issued by a U.S. federal judge approving plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham is quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying late Friday as calling the verdict “illegal” and a…

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At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

Masked pro-Russian activists play with a ball as they guard a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in…

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13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

Mother of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cries while she waits for his body at Sherpa Monastery in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest on Saturday for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest…

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Death toll in SKorea ferry sinking climbs to 32

Death toll in SKorea ferry sinking climbs to 32

Lee Joon-seok, center, the captain of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast, leaves a court which issued his arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The investigation into South Korea’s ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain…

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4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

PARIS (AP) — France’s presidential palace says four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released.

President Francois Hollande’s office said in a statement he feels “immense relief” after learning Saturday of the release of Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres — all said to be in good health despite “very trying conditions” of their…

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Detroit gains home-ice advantage, tops Boston 1-0

Detroit gains home-ice advantage, tops Boston 1-0

Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk (13) is congratulated by teammate Johan Franzen after scoring against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, left, during the third period of Detroit’s 1-0 win in Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — At one end of the ice, Jimmy Howard made…

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Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested

Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested

Lee Joon-seok, center, the captain of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast, leaves a court which issued his arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The investigation into South Korea’s ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain…

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Shedding light on Clinton’s health overhaul flop

Shedding light on Clinton’s health overhaul flop

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton’s White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

As…

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Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

In this Wednesday April 16, 2014 photo, Charlotte van den Berg poses for a portrait outside the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, rear, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam’s city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining…

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