Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China
TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.
AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety
MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon (AP) — As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon.
Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Yet there he was, captured in video on the day his ferry sank, onshore while hundreds of people were trapped inside the vessel.
SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher
JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.
'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn't safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen came and opened fire on everyone, young and old.
Government finances improved across Europe in 2013
BRUSSELS (AP) — Official figures show that governments across the 28-country European Union recorded lower budget deficits in 2013 amid lower spending and an economic recovery that shored up revenues.
Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.
Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist hostage
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive.
Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some
VATICAN CITY (AP) — On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below — not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock.
UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered'
GENEVA (AP) — The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored.