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US experts fault both Japan, SKorea for tensions

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WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (AP) - Sharp differences on historical issues that have strained relations between Japan and South Korea require Tokyo to face up to its abusive wartime past and for Seoul to be less preoccupied with it, U.S. experts and former officials say.
The divisions between the two main American allies in Asia, which play host to a total of 80,000 U.S. forces, have become a growing concern in Washington as it attempts to consolidate its system of alliances and deepen its engagement...

C African Republic will have 7,600 UN peacekeepers

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United Nations, Aug 20 (AP) - The initial U.N. force that takes over peacekeeping duties in Central African Republic from an African force on Sept. 15 will have 7,600 soldiers and police, the U.N. envoy to the conflict-wracked country said Tuesday.
Babacar Gaye told reporters after a closed...

Violence against aid workers soars to record high

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United Nations, Aug 20 (AP) - Violence against humanitarian workers soared to a record high last year - and already this year more aid workers have been killed than in all of 2012, according to research cited Tuesday by the United Nations.
A total of 460 humanitarian workers were killed...

Pakistan set 271 to win 2nd test against Sri Lanka

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Colombo, Aug 17 (AP) - Pakistan was set 271 to win the second test against Sri Lanka after Wahab Riaz and Saeed Ajmal took three wickets each to bowl out Sri Lanka for 282 in its second innings Sunday.

Sri Lanka resumed the fourth day in a strong position at 177-2 but lost their remaining eight...

Philippine militants abduct mechanic, kill another

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 Manila, Aug 17 (AP) - A Philippine police official says suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have abducted a government mechanic and killed his assistant, who tried to run away, in a heavily secured provincial government compound in the southern Philippines.

Senior Superintendent Abraham Orbita, who...

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