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Soccer-playing robot gives Obama a break in Japan

TOKYO -- During a long day in the coded world of Japanese diplomacy, President Obama’s easiest conversation Thursday was with a robot.

“I can kick a soccer ball,”...

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine  — Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at...

KABUL, Afghanistan – Three American doctors were killed Thursday when an Afghan police officer opened fire inside one of Kabul’s leading...

Smooth-cheeked child soldiers hold rifles in a land where cemeteries fill with tiny graves and kids pretend to dodge sniper bullets for fun.

WASHINGTON -- President Obama says Russia is not yet holding up its side of an agreement to de-escalate...

In Syria, war is woven into childhood

In Syria, war is woven into childhood

Smooth-cheeked child soldiers hold rifles in a land where cemeteries fill with tiny graves and kids pretend to dodge sniper bullets for fun.

In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job

In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job

It's estimated that at least a quarter of Afghan children work, despite labor laws that forbid it. Some, like Sami, support their entire family.

CRISIS IN SYRIA

Chemical weapons removal from Syria nearly complete

Chemical weapons removal from Syria nearly complete

BEIRUT — With its latest deadline days away, Syria is close to eliminating its stockpile of chemical weapons, monitors said Tuesday, an...

BRAZIL & SOUTH AMERICA

160 miles of gridlock: Traffic fuels concern for Brazil's World Cup

160 miles of gridlock: Traffic fuels concern for Brazil's World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO — Highways and bus transit ground to a halt in parts of Brazil early Friday, and flights were delayed as Brazilians launched on...

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In Asia, Obama reaffirms alliance with Japan

In Asia, Obama reaffirms alliance with Japan

TOKYO — Declaring that "the United States is and always will be a Pacific nation," President Obama launched an Asia tour designed to...

Ukraine says it cleared pro-Russia gunmen from eastern town

Ukraine says it cleared pro-Russia gunmen from eastern town

DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian government troops on Wednesday claimed to have swept out pro-Russia gunmen from a town in embattled...

 Palestinians' Hamas and Fatah factions say they have a unity deal

Palestinians' Hamas and Fatah factions say they have a unity deal

GAZA CITY — Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday announced a reconciliation deal to end their seven-year schism, in...

Turkish leader offers condolences to Armenians over massacre

Turkish leader offers condolences to Armenians over massacre

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered condolences to Armenian descendants of massacre victims in a message ahead of the 99th...

Russia warns it will 'respond' if interests in Ukraine attacked

Russia warns it will 'respond' if interests in Ukraine attacked

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of orchestrating the Ukraine crisis for...

Japanese officials' visits to shrine for war dead put Obama in a bind

Japanese officials' visits to shrine for war dead put Obama in a bind

TOKYO -- Hiroshi Kyoso says he values Japan’s relationship with the United States highly and feels warmly about Washington’s new...

High-ranking Egyptian police official killed by car bomb

High-ranking Egyptian police official killed by car bomb

CAIRO -- In the latest strike by suspected militants against a senior Egyptian security official, a police brigadier general was killed...

Obama begins Asia tour with informal sushi diplomacy in Tokyo

Obama begins Asia tour with informal sushi diplomacy in Tokyo

TOKYO -- President Obama arrived here Wednesday to begin an eight-day tour of Asian allies designed to assure leaders that they have a...

In Syria, U.N. agency distributes most food in government-held areas

In Syria, U.N. agency distributes most food in government-held areas

The World Food Program gives out most of its food aid to Syria in government-held areas, with only a quarter of the distributions...

Russian social network CEO fired, opposition figure convicted

Russian social network CEO fired, opposition figure convicted

Russia's space for free speech suffered two further blows Tuesday when a Moscow court convicted Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny of slander and...

Israelis, Palestinians struggle for way forward as deadline nears

Israelis, Palestinians struggle for way forward as deadline nears

JERUSALEM -- With Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations still deadlocked a week before their current...

Russian foundry issues coin celebrating Putin's Crimea seizure

Russian foundry issues coin celebrating Putin's Crimea seizure

For anyone who blinked and missed Russian President Vladimir Putin's swift seizure and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, there's now...

U.S. will stand by Ukraine in face of Russian aggression, Biden says

U.S. will stand by Ukraine in face of Russian aggression, Biden says

KIEV, Ukraine -- The United States will stand by Ukrainians against Russian aggression that threatens their nation's sovereignty and...

Attacks in Pakistan kill 9 after militant cease-fire expires

Attacks in Pakistan kill 9 after militant cease-fire expires

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A week after Pakistani militants refused to extend a cease-fire with the government, at least nine people, including...

U.S. steps up drone strikes against militants in Yemen

U.S. steps up drone strikes against militants in Yemen

WASHINGTON — Prompted in part by a video in which Al Qaeda leaders taunted the United States, the CIA launched lethal drone strikes in...

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Turkish leader offers condolences to Armenians over massacre

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