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Gaza official: Israeli airstrike wounds 3
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections, making a new attempt to overcome a seven-year split that has left them divided between two governments....

FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine - a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east....

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. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships....

SKorean city full of grief prepares for more
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for many, many more pictures....

Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant
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....

Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest....

Amsterdam may ban pot shops in Red Light district
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Amsterdam has won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district, stepping up a crackdown on the city's freewheeling lifestyle....

Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations
LONDON (AP) -- Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world....

Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian lawmaker on Wednesday registered his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election, becoming the first contender in the June 3 vote that will be held in the midst of the country's civil war and has already been dismissed by the West as a farce....

Greek milestone helps Europe put crisis in past
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Europe's debt crisis is receding farther behind in the rear view mirror....

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Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

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