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UN considering sanctions over South Sudan massacre
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday viewed "horrific pictures of corpses" from the scene of last week's massacre in South Sudan and discussed taking actions that could include sanctions, diplomats said....

Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure Japanese leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges to Asia even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere....

Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008....

SKorea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon....

Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A Senegalese party official says the former president plans to return home on Thursday after finally receiving permission for his plane to land for what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad....

UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries....

Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side....

Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that embattled President Bashar Assad likely will win....

Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections - a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years....

As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to show that he has alternatives if U.S.-mediated talks with Israel break off Tuesday, the deadline for agreeing on a possible extension....

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