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Obama mourns dead in Hiroshima, calls for world without nuclear arms

U.S. President Obama hugs atomic bomb survivor Shigeaki Mori as he visits Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, JapanBy Minami Funakoshi and Matt Spetalnick HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Barack Obama on Friday became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world's first atomic bombing, in a gesture Tokyo and Washington hope will showcase their alliance and reinvigorate efforts to rid the world of nuclear arms. The two governments hope Obama's visit to Hiroshima, where a U.S. atomic bomb killed thousands instantly on Aug. 6, 1945, and some 140,000 by the year's end, underscores a new level of reconciliation and tighter ties between the former enemies. "We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in the not so distant past," Obama said after laying a wreath at a Hiroshima peace memorial.

Fri, 27 May 2016 07:04:17 -0400
G7 vows growth efforts as Japan's Abe warns of global crisis

Sri Lanka's President Sirisena, German Chancellor Merkel, Chad President Itno, U.S. President Obama, Japan's Prime Minister Abe, French President Hollande and President of Indonesia Widodo attend a family picture in Ise Shima, JapanBy Tetsushi Kajimoto ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - The Group of Seven industrial powers pledged on Friday to seek strong global growth, while papering over differences on currencies and stimulus policies and expressing concern over North Korea, Russia and maritime disputes involving China. G7 leaders wrapped up a summit in central Japan vowing to use "all policy tools" to boost demand and ease supply constraints. "Global growth remains moderate and below potential, while risks of weak growth persist," they said in a declaration.

Fri, 27 May 2016 04:31:46 -0400
North Korea threatens retaliation after South Korean warning shots

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the first congress of the country's ruling Workers' Party in 36 years, in Pyongyang, North KoreaNorth Korea threatened retaliation on Friday after South Korea fired what it said were warning shots when a patrol boat and fishing boat from the North crossed the disputed sea border off the west coast of the Korean peninsula. The two vessels from the North retreated about eight minutes after the South Korean navy fired five 40 mm artillery shots at around 7:30 a.m. local time, South Korean officials told Reuters. The North Korean boats had crossed the Northern Limit Line, a border that the North disputes, near the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong, according to the South Korean military.

Fri, 27 May 2016 10:06:59 -0400
Islamic State drives Syria rebels from near Turkish border

A general view shows a damaged street with sandbags used as barriers in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla districtBy John Davison BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border on Friday and inched closer to a town on a supply route for foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists, a monitoring group said. The rebels, who are supplied via Turkey, last month staged a major push against Islamic State, but the group counter-attacked and beat them back. The United States has identified the area north of Syria's former commercial hub Aleppo as a priority in the fight against the Islamic State group (IS).

Fri, 27 May 2016 07:41:41 -0400
Al Qaeda still reaping oil profits in Yemen despite battlefield reverses

Fuel tanker trucks carrying smuggled petrol are seen on a road linking Bir Ali with Ataq cityBy Noah Browning, Jonathan Saul and Mohammed Ghobari DUBAI/LONDON/CAIRO (Reuters) - Al Qaeda may have been pushed out of the enclave it carved out in Yemen as the country descended into civil war, but the militants are still entrenched in other parts of the country's south, reaping profits from smuggled fuel. Scores of militants were killed in a Gulf Arab-backed offensive on Al Qaeda's de facto capital of Mukalla, Yemen's third largest seaport, but hundreds fled to neighboring Shabwa province and beyond. A month later, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is thriving by joining diverse armed groups in taxing fuel delivered illicitly to remote beaches along the Arabian Sea coast, security, tribal and shipping sources say.

Fri, 27 May 2016 06:15:48 -0400
French vessel containing black box probes arrives to EgyptAir search zone

A pilot looks out of the cockpit during a search operation by Egyptian air and navy forces for the EgyptAir plane that disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea, in this still image taken from videoA French vessel carrying specialist probes designed to detect black box pinger signals has arrived to the search area where an EgyptAir jet is believed to have crashed last week, sources on the investigation committee said on Friday. ALSEAMAR, a subsidiary of French industrial group Alcen, is providing equipment that includes three of its DETECTOR-6000 systems, designed to pick up black-box pinger signals over long distances up to 5 km (3 miles), according to the company's website. The French company will conduct a deepwater search in "four or five" areas within the 5 kilometer search zone believed to contain the two black boxes, with the possibility of expanding the search zone should no signal be detected, the source said.

Fri, 27 May 2016 05:02:56 -0400
Top Asian News 2:07 p.m. GMT

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) President Barack Obama paid tribute Friday to the "silent cry" of the 140,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropped 71 years ago on Hiroshima, and called on the world to abandon "the logic of fear" that encourages the stockpiling of nuclear weapons. Obama's trip to Hiroshima made him the first U.S. president to visit the site of the world's first atomic bomb attack, and he sought to walk a delicate line between honoring the dead, pushing his as-yet unrealized anti-nuclear vision and avoiding any sense of apology for an act many Americans see as a justified end to a brutal war that Japan started with a sneak attack at Pearl Harbor.

Fri, 27 May 2016 10:07:31 -0400
Duterte wins Philippine presidency in official count

In this Monday, May 9, 2016 photo, front-running presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte smiles during a news conference shortly after voting in a polling precinct at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, Matina district, his hometown in Davao city in southern Philippines. Philippine lawmakers say Rodrigo Duterte has been elected president and Leni Robredo elected vice president in official vote count.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)MANILA, Philippines (AP) Philippine lawmakers completed the official vote count from May 9 elections on Friday and announced that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency by an overwhelming margin, while Rep. Leni Robredo triumphed as vice president.

Fri, 27 May 2016 10:07:04 -0400
The Latest: Hungary to open 3rd passage on Serbia border

A woman walks by a border fence in the makeshift refugee camp near the Horgos border crossing into Hungary, near Horgos, Serbia, Friday, May 27, 2016. Nearly 400,000 refugees passed through Hungary last year on their way to richer EU destinations. The flow was slowed greatly by Hungary's construction of razor-wire fences on its borders with Serbia and Croatia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)GENEVA (AP) The Latest on Europe's response to the migrant crisis (all times local):

Fri, 27 May 2016 10:03:31 -0400
Murray fells Karlovic, Kvitova joins seeds exodus at French Open

Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after beating Croatia's Ivo Karlovic during their third round match at the French Open on May 27, 2016Andy Murray cut down Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic to reach the French Open last-16 Friday as two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova became the fourth top 10 women's seed to be knocked out. It was his seventh win in seven matches against the 37-year-old as Murray goes on to face either John Isner of the United States or Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia. Canada's eighth seed Milos Raonic overcame a left hip injury to defeat Slovakian lucky loser Andrej Martin, the world number 133, and reach the last 16 for a second time.

Fri, 27 May 2016 10:02:31 -0400
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