• Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — There are no names listed as relatives huddle around white signboards to identify bodies from a sunken ferry — just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl painted her fingernails red and toenails black.…

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    • Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders

      By Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) - A mediator from Europe's OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow. Gunmen…

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      • Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village

        BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he appears poised to contest.

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        • Iran slams U.S. justice verdict on Manhattan skyscraper

          Iran on Saturday criticized a U.S. government move to seize a Manhattan skyscraper owned largely by a foundation that promotes its language and Islamic culture, saying this violated the right to religious freedom in the United States. According to a court document filed in New York on Thursday, the…

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          • Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

            WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its…

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            • Democrats rush to get rid of tainted Chatwal donations

              Washington, April 19 (IANS) With Indian-American hotel magnate, the high-profile Sant Singh Chatwal, pleading guilty to federal campaign finance fraud, several prominent Democratic leaders are rushing to return or donate to charity cash collected by their major fund-raiser. New York mayor Bill de…

              IANS
              • Mourning and memories in Garcia Marquez's languid hometown

                By Helen Murphy ARACATACA, Colombia (Reuters) - The sleepy Colombian town that was Gabriel Garcia Marquez's birthplace and inspired him to write "One Hundred Years of Solitude" mourned its Nobel Prize-winning author on Friday with music, candles and flowers. A day after Garcia Marquez's death, his…

                Reuters
                • PM wasn't heard, didn't leave any footprints: Jaitley

                  New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) BJP leader Arun Jaitley Saturday took a dig at Manmohan Singh over information provided by his office that he delivered a speech almost every third day, saying the prime minister "walked on snow but did not leave any footprints". In an article on his website, the leader…

                  IANS
                  • Today in History

                    Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.

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                    • Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals

                      TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors.

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                      • Tribeca Docs on Government Spying: ‘What Was Illegal Under Nixon Is Legal Under Obama’

                        Government surveillance, abuses of power and the supression of dissent kicked into high gear after 9/11, one documentary argued at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. Both “Silenced” and “1971” tackle issues that reverberate in light of Edward Snowden's recent disclosures of the extent of…

                        The Wrap
                        • Ukraine in 'pivotal period' as deal stalls, US warns Russia

                          Russia was under intense US pressure Saturday to convince pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine to give up eastern towns they are occupying, after Washington said the situation in the former Soviet republic was in a "pivotal period". But with the separatists' refusal to budge throwing a deal to defuse the…

                          AFP
                          • The Mind-Boggling Stat That Explains The Amazing Obamacare Comeback

                            President Barack Obama took another victory lap...

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                            • Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine; China seizes ship

                              By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, a move that may increase strains on Tokyo's ties with Asian neighbors China and South Korea. The offering from Abe, who…

                              Reuters
                              • Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

                                By David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable…

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                                • The Chart Of Government Job Losses Under Obama Will Never Get Old

                                  Although there are signs that the labor market...

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                                  • Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug

                                    By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday. The warning marks…

                                    Reuters
                                    • Modi is the flavour of Indian election coverage in US

                                      Washington, April 20 (IANS) As American media reports on the sounds, colours and smells of India's crucial parliamentary election, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is the flavour of the season. The big story of course is India's 'insanely huge and complex' (Time),…

                                      IANS
                                      • Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base

                                        By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S.…

                                        Reuters
                                        • Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

                                          TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals — long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.

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