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Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

TOKYO (AP) — Justin Bieber has apologized to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.

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Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Parliament has held a round of voting but failed to elect a new head of state in its first try before President Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on May 25.

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Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

File-This Sunday Feb. 9, 2014 file photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian citizens walk towards a bus to evacuate them from the battleground city of Homs, Syria. Rebels make their last stand in Homs, fighting desperately to cling to their last bastion in the ci…

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Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's parliament speaker says a lawmaker has announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election — the first to field his bid for the top post in a vote called despite the country's relentless civil war.

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In India's vote, Hindu holy city is battleground

VARANASI, India (AP) — For tens of millions of Hindus, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage. Crowded with ancient temples and shrines, its streets jammed with believers and tourists, this city on the banks of the holy Ganges River is where the devout believe they attain instant salvation.

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Hoylake to have Open's 1st horseshoe grandstand

Hoylake to have Open's 1st horseshoe grandstand

The British Open Golf trophy the "Claret Jug" is displayed by the clubhouse at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club before the British Open golf championships, Hoylake, England, Wednesday, April 22, 2014. The tournament begins on Thursday July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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Hoylake to have Open's 1st horseshoe grandstand

Hoylake to have Open's 1st horseshoe grandstand

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — There will be a horseshoe grandstand around the 18th green for the first time at a British Open as part of a number of course changes for this year's tournament at Hoylake.

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Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Business activity in Europe has risen to its highest level in three years as a once-shaky economic recovery gains speed.

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Thai Red Shirt activist shot dead in capital

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand's capital say a pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of the monarchy has been shot dead.

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EU says Greece reached milestone in improving its finances, opens way for more debt relief

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU says Greece reached milestone in improving its finances, opens way for more debt relief.

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Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming.

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Yellow ribbons are displayed as a sign of hope for safe return of passengers of the sunken ferry boat Sewol in the of fence along the Cheonggye stream in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly W…

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In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a j…

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FILE - In this June 4, 1963 file photo the body of late Pope John XXIII is carried across St. Peter's Square, from the papal apartment in the Apostolic palace to St. Peter's Basilica where it will lie in state at the main altar. While much of the focus of Sunday's dual canonization will be o…

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Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Authorities say unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.

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China says quality of its groundwater has worsened

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities say nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout the country is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants.

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FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal

FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal

FC Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, from Chile, left, duels for the ball against Athletic Bilbao's Ander Iturraspe during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal

FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal

FC Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, from Chile, left, duels for the ball against Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal

FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has cleared Barcelona to sign new players this summer by freezing the Spanish soccer club's one-year transfer embargo pending an appeal.

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