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Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero

Hundreds of mourners gathered Wednesday to mark the funeral of Win Tin, a former journalist and giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom. A memorial ceremony in a church in the nation's commercial hub Yangon was a sea of blue as activists and political figures donned the prison uniform colour in tribute to Win Tin, who was Myanmar's longest-serving political detainee under the former junta.

Dispute islands 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance

The islands at the centre of a corrosive row between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the US-Japan defence alliance, Barack Obama told a newspaper ahead of his arrival in Tokyo Wednesday. Obama, whose tour of Asia will also take in South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia, is the first sitting US president to explicitly affirm that hostile action against the island chain would spark an American reaction.

Obama heads on Asia tour, visits US disaster site

After meeting with survivors of a deadly landslide near Seattle, President Barack Obama left Tuesday on a weeklong tour of Asia in what the White House has called a "rebalancing" eastward of US foreign policy. Obama left Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C. aboard Air Force One, and then made a stopover in Washington state to visit the scene of the landslide a month ago in Oso, some 95 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Seattle.

Dispute islands 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance

The islands at the centre of a corrosive row between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the US-Japan defence alliance, Barack Obama told a newspaper ahead of his arrival in Tokyo Wednesday. Obama, who begins a tour of Asia that will also take in South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia, is the first sitting US president to explicitly affirm that hostile action against the island chain would spark an American reaction.

US says violence in South Sudan is "abomination"

The White House expressed horror Tuesday at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan, where rebels took another town from government troops in a worsening civil war. The rebels seized the town of Bentiu last week, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, butchering dozens on the roadside, according to the United Nations. mdl/dw/dh

Small French park becomes home for desperate Syrian families

They ended up there penniless after wandering from country to country for months. Yahya, Aziz and 150 other Syrians swapped the brutality and death of a war zone for hand-to-mouth survival in a small park in a working-class suburb of Paris, squeezed in behind a hotel just a few metres away from a busy ring road. Some come from Homs, others from Aleppo or the Syrian port city of Latakia, leaving behind the violence of a three-year conflict that has now claimed more than 150,000 lives and forced around half the population to flee their homes.

US horrified at 'abomination' of violence in South Sudan

The White House expressed horror Tuesday at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan, where rebels took another town from government troops in a worsening civil war. The rebels seized the town of Bentiu last week, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, butchering dozens on the roadside, according to the United Nations.

Catching more than fish: Ugandan town crippled by AIDS

When you risk your life fishing on dangerous seas, a drink in the bars back on shore seem a welcome relief, but in Uganda, it has created a culture with staggering rates of HIV. Exhausted from a night of hard fishing on the vast inland sea of Uganda's Lake Victoria, fishermen come off the boats as the first rays of light glimmer at dawn. Once the fish is sold and the nets untangled, some go home to their families, but most head straight for the bars of the town and the sex workers who hang out there, despite HIV rates soaring to at least six times the national average.

Obama leaves U.S. for Asia tour, alliance in focus in Japan

U.S. President Barack Obama left the United States on Tuesday for Japan, the first leg of a four-nation trip to East and Southeast Asia during which he will promote the U.S. commitment to the region. Obama will explain the U.S. intention to focus on the Asia-Pacific, a policy described as "rebalancing," during talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the leaders of South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, U.S. government officials said.

Pentagon scientists show off life-size robot

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at a life-size robot Tuesday that resembles Hollywood's "Terminator," the latest experiment by the Pentagon's hi-tech researchers. But unlike the cinematic version, the hulking Atlas robot is designed not as a warrior but as a humanitarian machine that would rescue victims in the rubble of a natural disaster, officials said.
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