TOKYO: US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to help stop North Korea from forging ahead with its “...
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9/11 anti-Islam film draws heat

NEW YORK: A film that will be shown at the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum when it opens next month unfairly links Islam and terrorism, clergy members said in letters demanding it be changed.

UK tourist leaves Sri Lanka after tattoo jail ordeal

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Thursday deported a British tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm which a court said was an insult to the island’s main religion.

Dhaka factory survivor marries, builds new life

SAVAR, Bangladesh: She was plucked from the rubble of the world’s worst garment factory disaster 17 days after the building collapse. One year on, she has married and found a new job.

Kin of ferry disaster victims confront S. Korean officials

JINDO, South Korea: Angry relatives of some of the more than 120 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventi

Angry CAR Muslims call for partition

BAMBARI, Central African Republic: In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian mil

Ukraine launches deadly assault on rebel-held towns

SLAVYANSK, Ukraine: Ukraine’s military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warne

Searchers face tough choices in hunt for MH370

SYDNEY: Searchers for missing Flight MH370 face tough choices on how to proceed after almost seven fruitless weeks, with only a fraction of a deep-sea zone still left to be scanned.

Guides, climbers prepare to leave Everest

Katmandu: Scores of Nepalese guides and foreign climbers on Mount Everest packed up Thursday, loading supplies onto yaks and booking helicopters, with the climbing season increasingly in doubt after a

Suicide blast, airstrike kill 20 in Pakistan

KARACHI: A senior policeman who had survived several assassination attempts was killed with three other people by a suicide bomber in Karachi Thursday, officials said, in an attack claimed by a Tal

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