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Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before having dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence.



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Obama seeks to ease Asian allies’ doubts during visit to Japan

President Obama watches South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe move to their seats at the opposite ends of the tableBy Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that Washington's real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. Obama will be treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America's security strategy in Asia, remains solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats. It was unclear, however, whether a last-ditch round of talks between U.S. and Japanese negotiators would yield a breakthrough on a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broader trans-Pacific agreement that Obama has championed. The challenge for Obama during his week-long, four-nation tour will be to convince Asian partners that Washington is serious about its promised strategic "pivot" towards the region, while at the same time not harming U.S. ties with China, the world's second-biggest economy.



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France outlines ‘optimistic’ pledge to get economy back on track

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin (C) and French UMP right-wing deputy Gilles Carrez (L) attend the presentation of the government stability programme for 2014-2017 in Paris, on April 23, 2014France on Wednesday outlined its strategy for bringing its public finances into line with eurozone rules via an anticipated economic upturn branded "optimistic" and spending cuts that face fierce opposition within the ruling Socialist party. Presenting a plan yet to be approved by the European Commission, Finance Minister Michel Sapin vowed that the eurozone's second biggest economy, currently doing little more than stagnating, would soon pick up sufficient momentum for France to bring its budget deficit down to the EU ceiling of three percent of GDP in 2015. But the government's growth projections from now until the end of President Francois Hollande's term in 2017 were described as "optimistic" by its own independent spending watchdog. France was placed under surveillance by the European Commission earlier this year, having been twice granted extra time to meet the three-percent deficit target that is the centrepiece of the budget rules for members of the European single currency.



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Q&A: A French economist’s grim view of wealth gap

This undated photo provided by Harvard Press shows French economist Thomas Piketty. In his new book, Piketty, who helped popularize the notion of a privileged 1 percent, sounds a grim warning: The U.S. economy is beginning to decay into the aristocratic Europe of the 19th century. (AP Photo/Harvard Press, Emmanuelle Marchadour)NEW YORK (AP) — If you'd like to live in Downton Abbey, the good news is that our economy has entered a second Gilded Age of opulence and elegance.



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US new-home sales dive 14.5% in March

Construction workers work on a new single family home on April 16, 2014 in Miami, FloridaUS new-home sales dived in March, the second month in a row of slower sales, according to official data released Wednesday adding to signs of weakness in the housing market. New single-family houses were sold at a rate of 384,000 units annually in March, from February's revised rate of 449,000 units, the Commerce Department said. New-home sales are a small part of the US housing market, where recovery is stalling after a rise in mortgage interest rates last year and a brutal winter in the first months of 2014.



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Union protests postal counters in Staples stores

WASHINGTON (AP) — Postal workers plan protests in 27 states Thursday against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees.
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Bobcats’ Al Jefferson still in walking boot

Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson (25) takes a pass from a teammate over Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (40) during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 99-88. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — Al Jefferson was still in his walking boot when the Charlotte Bobcats arrived for their shootaround hours before facing the Miami Heat in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference first-round series.



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Chile president launches long-awaited electoral reform bill

Chile's President Bachelet answers a question during a news conference at the La Moneda Presidential Palace in SantiagoChilean president Michelle Bachelet sent Congress a bill on Wednesday to reform an electoral system inherited from the country's 17-year military dictatorship, making good on a key campaign promise. The current electoral system, devised under dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet's regime, effectively guarantees that the two biggest party coalitions dominate Congress, with neither having a large majority.



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U.N. should have done more to prevent South Sudan massacre: Uganda

South Sudan's President Kiir speaks during a joint news conference with Sudan's President Bashir at KhartoumBy Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda's army, backing its neighbor South Sudan against a four-month-old rebellion, said on Wednesday U.N. peacekeepers should have done more to stop insurgents slaughtering hundreds of civilians there last week. Uganda sent troops into South Sudan shortly after fighting broke out between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar in mid-December. In the latest major violence in the increasingly ethnic conflict, rebels hunted down men, women and children taking refuge in a mosque, church and hospital in oil town Bentiu where the U.N. has a base, according to a report from the global body. The White House said it was horrified.



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Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt

A damaged car of Brigadier General Ahmed Zaki, who was killed in explosion outside home, is pictured in 6th of October CityBy Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian policeman and a militant were killed when security forces raided a hideout used by radical Islamists near Alexandria on Wednesday, and a senior officer was killed near Cairo when a bomb blew up his car, the Interior Ministry said. Militant violence has spiralled since the army toppled Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July. That poses a security challenge ahead of a presidential election in May that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief, is expected to win. The hideout targeted in the raid was used by members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, or Supporters of Jerusalem, the group behind some of the deadliest attacks of the last nine months, the Interior Ministry said.



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Valverde wins second Fleche Wallonne Classic

Spain's Alejandro Valverde celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 78th 'Fleche Wallonne' (Walloon Arrow) cycling race on April 23, 2014Huy (Belgium) (AFP) – Spaniard Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection on the gruelling Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne race for the second time on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Movistar team leader, who also won this race in 2006, passed Ireland's Daniel Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in the final 200 metres of the 199.5km ride to claim his fourth victory in an Ardennes Classics. Garmin's Martin finished 3sec down with Omega-Pharma's Kwiatkowski another second further back. Last year's winner Dani Moreno could finish only ninth with Amstel Gold Race winner Philippe Gilbert 10th.



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Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

In this photo made on Friday, March 28, 2014, construction continues on a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. The Commerce Department releases new home sales for March on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start.



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U.S., euro zone activity up; China decline slows

Employees work on the production line of a wine bottle cap factory in Ganyu countyBy Rodrigo Campos and Jonathan Cable NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in April and the euro zone private sector started the second quarter on its strongest footing since 2011, while the pace of decline in Chinese factory activity slowed, surveys showed on Wednesday. Financial data firm Markit said its preliminary or "flash" U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index dipped to 55.4 in April from 55.5 in March. Economists polled by Reuters expected a reading of 56.0. Earlier on Wednesday, data showed China's HSBC/Markit flash PMI for April rose to 48.3 from March's final reading of 48.0, but was still below the 50 line separating expansion from contraction.



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At least 50 killed in Congo train crash: sources

More than 50 people were killed in a train crash in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Katanga province, a provincial minister said on Wednesday. The accident on Tuesday involved a goods train that was also carrying people near Likasi, a mining town between Lubumbashi and Kolwezi in the copper and cobalt-rich southeast. Dikanga Kazadi, Katanga’s interior minister, gave a provisional toll of 56 dead and 69 injured but said the toll was expected to rise and a team had been sent to investigate the incident.
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High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet.
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P&G gets no cold-medicine sales boost from harsh US winter

Procter & Gamble Co. corporate headquarters is seen July 15, 2008 in downtown Cincinnati, OhioThe consumer goods giant, which sells the NyQuil flu medicine and other cold remedies under its Vicks brand, pointed to lower sales of these health products as a factor behind slightly dipping sales and scant earnings growth. The weak sales of cold remedies, part of a two-percent fall in health product sales, came despite a brutal winter in much of the US. "It was cold all winter," said P&G chief financial officer Jon Moeller, who nonetheless cited "a very light cough and cold season, particularly in North America." "It was a steady weather pattern instead of a volatile weather pattern, at least that certainly has some impact on cough and cold incidence."



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Gaza official: Israeli airstrike wounds 3

Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, right, and senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad meet in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Palestinians have been divided since 2007 when Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas officials say an Israeli airstrike has hit the northern Gaza Strip.



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Court won’t overturn death sentence for Ky. man

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says there will be no new sentencing hearing for a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky.
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Ukraine ‘chocolate king’ could win May 25 vote in first round: poll

Ukrainian confectionery tycoon Petro Poroshenko has a chance of winning the May 25 presidential election in the first round, an opinion poll indicated on Wednesday. It found 48.4 percent of Ukrainians who planned to vote favored Poroshenko. That is just short of the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff against the second-placed candidate, who the survey found would be former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on 14.0 percent. Poroshenko, who sits in parliament as an independent, supported the pro-European uprising which ousted Kremlin-backed president Viktor Yanukovich in February.
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Spacious new Heathrow Terminal 2 set for opening

LONDON (AP) — The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London’s sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year.
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Special Report: For private placements, no one is vetting the vetters

Attorney Bryan Mick of the law firm Mick & Associates is seen at his office in OmahaBy Emily Flitter OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) – From 2006 to 2009, Provident Asset Management raised $485 million from 7,700 investors who were drawn to its promises of annual returns as high as 18 percent on oil and gas assets. Law firm Mick & Associates helped. Provident paid Mick to provide "due diligence" reports to help brokers decide whether to recommend the investments to their clients. Brad Updike, a Mick energy-sector specialist, reviewed each of the 23 deals, known as private placements.



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Russia says Kiev, U.S. distorting Ukraine Geneva accord

Russia on Wednesday accused Kiev and the United States of distorting an agreement reached in Geneva last week to defuse the Ukraine crisis and of ignoring what it said were provocative actions by Ukrainian nationalists. Russia still believes the West is serious about seeking peace in Ukraine but “the facts, alas, speak of the opposite”, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement that emphasized rifts over how the accord reached by Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union should be implemented and by whom.
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Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md.LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge will on Wednesday consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley, as she serves a 35-year sentence for passing classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.



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P&G earnings inch higher amid tough economy

Procter & Gamble Co. corporate headquarters is seen July 15, 2008 in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio"P&G's third quarter results came in as we had expected," said chief executive A.G. Lafley. Net sales in four of P&G's five product divisions came in lower than last year.



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Poland holds security exercise, 1st in decades

JASCE, Poland (AP) — Poland’s security services have begun their first major security exercise in decades, evacuating the Interior Ministry in Warsaw and rescuing three foreigners allegedly injured in a helicopter crash.
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Sacked Moyes ‘proud’ of Man Utd tenure

File picture taken on February 1, 2014 shows Manchester United's then manager David Moyes applauding the fans after his side's English Premier League match against Stoke City in Stoke-on-TrentDavid Moyes declared on Wednesday that he was "proud" to have managed Manchester United, but said that he understood the "frustration" that had led to his dismissal. Moyes, 50, was sacked by United on Tuesday after a dismal 10-month tenure in which the reigning champions slumped to seventh place in the Premier League, denying them a place in next season's Champions League. "During this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration," Moyes said in a statement released by the League Managers' Association (LMA). "I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career, and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United's manager.



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US stocks edge lower after a six-day rally

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market slipped Wednesday after rallying for six straight days as investors worked through another round of quarterly earnings reports from U.S. companies. Intuitive Surgical was among those reporting disappointed results.
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US shares dip despite strong Boeing, Dow Chem earnings

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on April 22, 2014 in New York CityNew York (AFP) – US stocks fell in early trade Wednesday as tech sector selling offset gains from solid earnings reports delivered by Boeing, Dow Chemical and Delta Air Lines.



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