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Japan, US struggle to bridge gap on freer trade

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 3:32PM UTC Japan, US struggle to bridge gap on freer trade

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and U.S. negotiators have not managed to reach a basic agreement on a free trade pact that might have served as a centerpiece for President Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo this week. Japan’s economy minister Akira Amari told reporters Tuesday that the two sides remained “at

Nepal tries to avert Sherpa strike on Everest

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 3:23PM UTC Mount Everest. Pic: AP.

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese authorities say they are meeting with Sherpa mountain guides in an attempt to avert a climbing strike after the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest. Sherpas have threatened to boycott the climbing season after an avalanche ripped through the mountain Friday, killing at least 13 Sherpa guides.

Suspected rebels kill 3 in Indian Kashmir

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 3:15PM UTC Suspected rebels kill 3 in Indian Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police say suspected rebels have killed three men in Indian Kashmir ahead of voting in general elections this week. A police officer, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, says militants stormed the home of a village headman in Batgund village late Monday, killing him and his

Manila Mayor flying to Hong Kong to offer bus tragedy apology

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 12:39PM UTC Negotiators speak to hijacker Ronaldo Mendoza during the 2010 Manila bus tragedy. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The mayor of the Philippine capital says he is flying to Hong Kong to apologize to the family of eight Hong Kong tourists who died in a 2010 bus hostage tragedy in Manila and to offer them compensation.

SKorea: Ferry didn’t take hard turn before sinking

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 12:11PM UTC Pic: AP.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials say their earlier conclusion that the sunken ferry had made a sharp turn shortly before the disaster was incorrect, and that the vessel changed course much more gradually.

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