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Obama to seek fresh start with Malaysia in overdue visit

Barack Obama will this weekend become the first US president to visit Malaysia for nearly 50 years, seeking to put decades of uneasy relations behind him as both cast wary eyes on a rising China. Mindful of America's perennial image problem in the Islamic world, Obama -- who visits Saturday-Monday -- is expected to tout the US friendship with the economically thriving moderate Muslim nation. As one of several rival claimants to parts of the South China Sea, Malaysia is also an important partner in the US "rebalance" of its strategic attention to Asia, where concern is rising over Beijing's territorial assertiveness. Obama will "highlight the growing strategic and economic relationship" with Malaysia and its "credentials as a moderate, Muslim-majority state and emerging democracy", said Joshua Kurlantzick, a fellow at the US Council on Foreign Relations.


Bashar al-Assad's Deadly Loophole in Syria Deal

The Obama administration’s top accomplishment on Syria — a deal in which President Bashar al-Assad would surrender his chemical weapons — risks being undermined by substantial, potentially deadly loopholes in the agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry touted on Tuesday the fact that Syria had...


Obama fulfils dreams of sushi on first night in Tokyo

US President Barack Obama dined Wednesday at a tiny Tokyo sushi restaurant -- a revered spot with three coveted Michelin stars but only a handful of seats -- ruled with an iron rod by its redoubtable 88-year-old owner. The world's most powerful man, dining at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was entirely at the mercy of Jiro Ono, whose exacting standards and tireless work ethic have made him legendary among global foodies. Sukiyabashi Jiro -- Wednesday's venue -- has only 24 seats, sits in a slightly scruffy basement of an ageing commercial building and is connected to a Tokyo subway station. Obama made the pilgrimage to the restaurant just after touching down in Tokyo at the start of an Asian tour, and took along US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and his national security advisor Susan Rice.


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

TOKYO (AP) — Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission.


'Bridgegate' scandal threatens next World Trade Center tower

By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The "Bridgegate" scandal that rocked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper. Silverstein needs a guarantee from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to secure a $1.2 billion construction loan for 3 World Trade Center. On Wednesday, the agency's board will vote on whether to approve that guarantee, part of a deal that would provide hundreds of millions of dollars more to the Port Authority and allow it to foreclose on the $2.4 billion tower if Silverstein cannot pay debt service costs. But Silverstein's deal, even with the concessions to the Port Authority, has become entangled in a fierce debate within the agency over its mission, including whether it should be in the real estate business at all.


Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist captive

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist who has not been seen since early Tuesday.

Why America Needs Mary Cheney

Mary, the proud Republican lesbian sister who emerged from Liz’s Senate debacle looking like a total ass-kicker, is a behind-the-scenes operator—but it’s time for her to run for office.


Who Should Watch the Watchmen

Oversight today focuses on whether agencies like the NSA break the rules, but we need to ask if the rules themselves should be reconsidered.


Fargo’s Breakout Star

Allison Tolman was plucked from relative obscurity to star alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the TV adaptation. And she’s brilliant, don’t ya know.


How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

After a simple, modified Paleo diet reversed her multiple sclerosis, one doctor is exposing health care and big pharma’s dirty secret: Prescriptions don’t make you well.


MIA in the War on Cancer

Big Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out cheaper treatments. The result, one researcher says: ‘If we’re winning the war on cancer, we’re not winning that fast.’


Affirmative Action on the Ropes

By upholding Michigan’s ban on race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court chips away at the idea that diversity is good for all and worth promoting via special treatment.


The Global Black Box Scandal

The airline industry installs Wi-Fi to make money from passengers but complains it’s too expensive to put satellite uplinks inside the same planes.


The Surreal Genius of ‘NYC Prep’

With its eye-roll-worthy forced dialogue, awkward interactions, and actually adolescent stars, ‘NYC Prep’ ploddingly, painfully, approaches something ‘Gossip Girl’ never could—reality.


The Long Flight to Afghanistan

On his way to Afghanistan, an officer is surprised by a strange sight at a layover in the middle of the night.


Liberals’ Red State Death Wish

Will liberals support a quartet of Democrat senators from red states for reelection who have strayed from the party’s progressive base on issues like gun control and Social Security?


How to Power Up Without Eating

Feel foggy after a big lunch? It might be time to trade in your normal routine for a lunchtime run.


‘New Russia’ Rises in Odessa

Demonstrators in Ukraine’s most important port, inspired by Putin, want to declare it part of ‘New Russia.’


Marisa Tomei Gets Real

In a candid interview, the Oscar winner discusses her hit Broadway play, the thrill of working with Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the changing face of New York.


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