Obama heads to Japan to reassure Asia allies

BEIJING – President Obama leaves Tuesday for Asia but is skipping the regional giant here that is scaring its neighbors to reassure allies of the American commitment to their security. (59)

Wisconsin becomes first state to restrict parents from giving up adopted kids

WASHINGTON –  Wisconsin has become the first state in the nation to pass legislation cracking down on parents who try to give away their adopted kids. (90)

Chelsea Clinton says she’s pregnant

For Democrats, this might be the equivalent of a royal baby on the way: Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she’s pregnant with her first child. (129)

Berlusconi to do community service

Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi must do one year’s community service over tax fraud, a Milan court has ruled. (79)

White supremacist ID’d as gunman in deadly shootings at Jewish centers

The man who allegedly killed three people when he opened fire outside a Jewish community center and nearby retirement community in a Kansas City suburb Sunday is reportedly a 73-year-old Missouri man with a history of racist and anti-Semitic [...]
Maoist rebels have waged a campaign of violence across several Indian states

Indian election: Bomb blasts kill 12 in Chhattisgarh

(BBC) – Two bombs planted by suspected Maoist rebels have killed at least 12 people in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh as voting continues in the general election. (72)

US blasts Russia for blocking Voice of America

U.S. officials are assailing the Russian government for shutting down Voice of America’s radio broadcasts in Moscow, in a move that marked a dramatic escalation of the message war between the two governments amid the Ukraine conflict. [...]

Controversy as Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board

(BBC) – The appointment of ex-US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the board of technology firm Dropbox is being criticised by some service users. (158)

Romney’s return to public life stokes speculation about potential 2016 run

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has sworn off running again for elected office, but Americans have certainly heard that one before. (78)

Barack Obama praises Afghanistan for historic elections

Afghans have been praised for defying Taliban threats and turning out in their millions to vote crucial elections, which the US called a “great achievement” while pledging “continued international support”. (68)

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