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No Obama meeting for Malaysia's Anwar

President Barack Obama does not plan to see Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when he is in Kuala Lumpur next week, though US officials on Friday did not rule out a lower-level meeting. Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit Malaysia in nearly half a century when he touches down in the country on April 26. Washington has expressed disquiet about what it says are politically motivated charges to keep the veteran opposition leader out of Malaysian politics. In March, the Malaysian Court of Appeals overturned Anwar's 2012 acquittal on sodomy charges which date from a bitter power struggle with his then rival, prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, in the 1990s.

Rice warns Russia 'we will be watching'

National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Moscow must quickly rein in pro-Russia separatist groups in eastern Ukraine and allow Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors into the area. "We expect and we will be watching whether Russia does or does not uphold its responsibility to use its very considerable influence to restrain and withdraw those irregular militia from the buildings and spaces that they've occupied," said Rice. "So we will see, over the coming days, whether Russia upholds its agreement," she said, implicitly warning of new sanctions if Russia was judged to have honored the Geneva deal. The stern warning from Rice came as Russia reacted angrily to previous US warnings, including from President Barack Obama, that it could face new sanctions if it did not live up to the deal reached on Thursday.

Israelis, Palestinians hold separate talks with US envoy

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met separately Friday with US peace envoy Martin Indyk, a Palestinian source said, a day after five hours of three-way talks failed to bring agreement. Indyk first met chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat in the West Bank city of Jericho, but no details of their talks were given. Israeli officials did not respond to requests for information, but media reports said a new tripartite meeting could be held in the coming days. The previous day's talks, held in a Jerusalem hotel, were "very difficult", the Palestinian source said, adding: "The gap... is still wide."

Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday.

French President Hollande's top aide resigns

PARIS (AP) — The French president's top adviser resigned Friday following allegations of a past conflict of interest, striking a new blow to the already unpopular Francois Hollande.

Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas high school senior has launched a petition drive urging school officials to rethink their decision to have first lady Michelle Obama speak at graduation next month in Topeka.

Putin's Ukraine Crew Won’t Give In

The agreement diplomats hammered out in Geneva means little to the hardliners spearheading the pro-Russian insurrection in Ukraine.

UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns to help with its leader's election bid next year.

‘Parent Martyr’ Must Die

Did you see that “world’s toughest job” video that went viral? Yeah, it’s a bunch of bull.

Trojan’s ‘STD Month’ Scheme

April is STI Awareness month—a month that Trojan has swooped in and taken ownership of. Using these four weeks to promote condom-use is a good thing, right? Not exactly.

Designing the New Dior

Two years ago, Raf Simons was an unexpected pick to take over the fashion house. A new documentary follows the creation of his first collection. Spoiler alert: It was a huge success.

Nicaragua Waits for ‘The Big One’

People have been sleeping in the streets and in their yards for a week thanks to some major earthquakes and some political hype by the Sandinistas.

Cruz and the Anarchist Puppeteer

The senator from Texas and the anarchist busker from New York City have a lot more in common than you might expect.

Stop Stockpiling Web Glitches

Members of the President’s Intelligence Review Group declare that playing defense by alerting the public to hacks is the best response when situations like Heartbleed occur.

Are Atheists the New Mormons?

Atheists are holding their annual convention in Salt Lake City, but things have been surprisingly cordial. Maybe these uniquely American religions have more in common than they think.

The Book Tour Hillary Should Fear

When Elizabeth Warren hits the road to promote her memoir, the senator likely will draw a critical group of Democrats that the front-runner has had trouble connecting with before.

How Hollywood Pirates Anime

Transcendence’s tale about cybernetic potentiality is ingenious, but it was also done 16 years ago. Hollywood has been borrowing liberally from Japan’s anime and manga past.