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Draft environmental report released for Marines transfer from Okinawa

The U.S. Defense Department on Friday released a draft assessment of the environmental impact on Guam of the planned transfer of Marines from Okinawa, Japan. The document is expected to help push forward the relocation as it serves as a basis for outlining a basic plan for a timeline and cost assessment as sought by U.S. Senators. It may be introduced to the Senate in May.

US raises pressure on Russia over deal

The United States ramped up the pressure on Moscow on Friday, urging "full and immediate compliance" of a four-way agreement on Ukraine and warning of new sanctions if Russia fails to do so. It came as the deal, struck Thursday in Geneva between the US, European Union, Ukraine and Russia, appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic.

White House: no comment on Bieber deportation petition

Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has had high-profile run-ins with the law recently but the White House doesn't appear set to add to his growing catalogue of woes. Just under 275,000 people have added their names to a petition on the White House website calling for the Canadian's deportation from the US, easily surpassing the threshold of 100,000 signatures required for presidential consideration. But the White House said Friday it would not comment, citing terms in its "We the People" program that allows it to decline certain petitions.

Russia warns US against further sanctions as Ukraine deal stalls

Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic. A threat by US President Barack Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached Thursday with Ukraine and the EU, failed was "absolutely unacceptable," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian television.

Russia warns US against further sanctions as Ukraine deal stalls

Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic. A threat by US President Barack Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached Thursday with Ukraine and the EU, failed was "absolutely unacceptable," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian television.

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Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87 MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Obama to visit Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, National Mosque in Malaysia

A Shinto shrine commemorating Emperor Meiji in Tokyo and the National Mosque in Malaysia will be among locations U.S. President Barack Obama will visit during his upcoming trip to Asia, the White House said Friday. Obama will arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday evening and have a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Ben Rhodes, deputy U.S. national security adviser, told a press conference on the detailed itinerary of the president's trip to four Asian countries.

US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline, likely punting decision until after Election Day

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is extending indefinitely its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.

White House focuses Obama's Asia trip on economics, but regional security also an issue

WASHINGTON - The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

White House focuses Obama's Asia trip on economics, but regional security also an issue

WASHINGTON - The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.
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