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  1. Russia hints at armed 'response' if Ukraine interests attacked

    Russia hints at armed 'response' if Ukraine interests attacked

    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russia issued a sharp warning on Wednesday that it will strike back if its "legitimate interests" in Ukraine are attacked, raising the stakes in the Cold War-like duel with the United States over the former Soviet republic's future.

  2. Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip

    Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip

    Tokyo (AFP) - US President Barack Obama dined on sushi Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he described as the best in his life on Wednesday, a fitting start to an Asian tour dedicated to "rebalancing" US foreign policy toward Asia.

  3. Palestinians vow unity as Israel peace talks teeter

    Palestinians vow unity as Israel peace talks teeter

    Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip forged a new reconciliation agreement on Wednesday, angering Israel at a time when peace talks are at a standstill.

  4. DR Congo train crash kills at least 57

    DR Congo train crash kills at least 57

    Kinshasa (AFP) - At least 57 people were killed when a passenger train sped off the rails in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the government said Wednesday, raising an earlier death toll as difficult rescue operations continued in the remote, swampy area.

  5. Rio security ramped up after deadly unrest

    Rio security ramped up after deadly unrest

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Just 50 days before Brazil hosts the World Cup, authorities beefed up security Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro after a violent clash between residents and police in a slum near the tourist haven of Copacabana beach.

  6. Forlan takes Cerezo into Asia's last 16

    Forlan takes Cerezo into Asia's last 16

    Singapore (AFP) - Uruguay star Diego Forlan struck a precious winner to take his new club Cerezo Osaka into the AFC Champions League last 16 at the expense of China's Shandong Luneng Wednesday.

  7. Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero

    Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero

    Yangon (AFP) - Thousands of mourners Wednesday attended the funeral of Win Tin, a giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom.

  8. Bomb kills police general in Cairo

    Bomb kills police general in Cairo

    Cairo (AFP) - A police brigadier general was killed when a bomb exploded under his car on Wednesday, security officials said, in the fifth such targeted attack in Egypt's capital within a week.

  9. Chinese dissident who died in detention nominated for rights 'Nobel'

    Geneva (AFP) - A Chinese dissident who died in detention last month is one of three nominees for an award often dubbed the Nobel prize for human rights, organisers said Wednesday.

  10. Cancellations on Everest amid talks to save climbing season

    Cancellations on Everest amid talks to save climbing season

    Kathmandu (AFP) - Nepal's government strove Wednesday to save the Everest climbing season from an unprecedented walkout by sherpa guides as another major mountaineering company abandoned its expedition following a deadly avalanche last week.

  11. Thai PM given more time in crucial legal case

    Thai PM given more time in crucial legal case

    Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to submit her defence against allegations of abuse of power which could see her removed from office.

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