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South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- President Barack Obama stepped into the familiar role of chief consoler Friday as he arrived for meetings in South Korea, a key U.S. ally that is reeling from a deadly ferry disaster....

Gunman kills 3 Americans at Kabul hospital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Three Americans - a pediatrician and a father and son - were killed by an Afghan government security officer at a hospital Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists....

US, Japan say Pacific trade talks make headway
TOKYO (AP) -- Closing two days of around the clock negotiations, U.S. officials said Friday that they reached a breakthrough with Japan to move forward a stalled regional trade pact even though gaps remain that could still upend a final agreement....

Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia announced new military exercises Thursday involving ground and air forces near its border with Ukraine, swiftly responding to a Ukrainian operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east....

APNewsBreak: Ecuador expels US military group
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador has ordered all 20 Defense Department employees in the U.S. Embassy's military group to leave the country by month's end, The Associated Press has learned....

Fury, cargo questions surround sunken SKorea ferry
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- Frustrated relatives of the scores of people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol held the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief overnight, angry about the pace of divers who have recovered 183 bodies so far but may have nearly 120 left to find in the dark rooms of the submerged vessel....

Study: US manufacturers gaining competitiveness
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies....

Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's sworn enemy....

Jamaican police increasingly facing murder charges
MAY PEN, Jamaica (AP) -- It's been nearly a year since Sevina Giderisingh's 20-year-old son died in a confrontation with a police officer on the dusty outskirts of this struggling Jamaican city where jobs are scarce and crime is frequent....

Britain's young royal family end Australian tour
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have ended their 10-day tour of Australia with veterans' day commemorations in the national capital....

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Fury, cargo questions surround sunken SKorea ferry

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Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

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APNewsBreak: Ecuador expels US military group

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Iran cuts portion of gasoline subsidies