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    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was…

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    • Car bomber kills 6 at Syrian government checkpoint

      DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up at a checkpoint near a government-controlled town in central Syria early Saturday, killing at least six soldiers, activists said.

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      • Singapore no home for luxury developers as cooling measures bite

        By Rachel Armstrong and Anshuman Daga SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Luxury property developers in Singapore are facing their worst sales outlook in six years as a raft of government measures to cool one of the world's most expensive real estate markets bite. Most of the country's 5.4 million people,…

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        • US judge upholds charges against financier's kin

          NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has declined to toss out federal fraud charges against the brother of a one-time billionaire hedge fund founder, though she noted that two charges have flaws that the government must fix.

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          • Ukrainian militia deny calls to free buildings

            DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

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            • 'Restrain government from going ahead with search for Lokpal'

              New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) NGO Common Cause Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking direction to the central government not to proceed with the selection process for the appointment of the Lokpal. Seeking to put in abeyance the entire selection process for appointment of chairperson and members of…

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              • China factories face new challenge as growth slows

                HONG KONG (AP) — As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low-cost producer is no longer enough to prosper.

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                • Guantanamo trial in 9/11 veers off track again

                  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — An effort to prosecute the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and four co-defendants veered off track again Thursday as a pretrial hearing ended with new obstacles that threaten to further derail the case before a military tribunal at…

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                  • Women edge into Gulf boardrooms as economies, societies shift

                    * Female company directors in the Gulf still few * But number rising helped by economic growth, govt policy * UAE law since 2012 requires females on boards By Mirna Sleiman DUBAI, April 17 (Reuters) - Amina al-Rustamani, a member of a prominent UAE family, raised eyebrows among friends and…

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                    • In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash

                      CAIRO (AP) — Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the police,…

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                      • Hold election in Delhi, Prashant Bhushan urges Jung

                        New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) AAP leader Prashant Bhushan Friday urged Delhi's Lt.Governor Najeeb Jung to re-consider his decision of not recommending, to the central government, holding of early elections in the city which is under president's rule. The three-page letter comes a day after the Supreme…

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                        • After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

                          He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy's Bunkerville ranch, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management. Citing…

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                          • Weibo debut highlights complicated dance with Chinese censors

                            By Gerry Shih and Yimou Lee SAN FRANCISCO/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm's debut at Nasdaq's New York headquarters. Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user, celebrated a…

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                            • Rights groups ask Nepal to scrap amnesty provision

                              KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — International rights groups said Thursday that parts of a bill proposed by Nepal's government should be rejected because they might allow people who committed serious human rights violations during the country's Maoist insurgency to escape punishment.

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                              • NDA's economic policy to focus on job creation, says Modi

                                Erode/Kanyakumari(Tamil Nadu), April 17 (IANS) BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday hit out at a Congress woman minister from the state for stalling infrastructural projects in Tamil Nadu, and promised an economic policy that would provide jobs to the youth. Addressing an…

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                                • 'Pay Rs.2 lakh to man for illegal detention'

                                  New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Thursday directed the centre and the Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir governments to compensate a man Rs.2 lakh for illegally detaining him. The man who claims to be a Saudi national is lodged in the Tihar Jail in the national capital. The Saudi…

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                                  • Public invited to give evidence to UK review of Muslim Brotherhood

                                    Prime minister's office says call for evidence is procedural, stresses it is part of a review of the Muslim Brotherhood

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                                    • Little government response to bombing a year later

                                      BOSTON (AP) — A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action.

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                                      • SC clears way for land acquisition for Jamia

                                        New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Clearing the decks for the expansion of Jamia Millia Islamia, the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Delhi government to acquire about 107 bighas (approximately 26 hectares) of prime land in Okhla village in south Delhi. The case pertains to 214 bighas of land in…

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                                        • Japan government cuts economy view after sales tax; no need for fresh stimulus

                                          By Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government slightly cut its overall view on the economy, its first downgrade in a year and a half, but officials shrugged off the need for more stimulus to support the economy. The government said the economy was on track for a moderate recovery, in…

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