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South Korea court finds ferry captain guilty of homicide for 304 deaths

SEOUL - The captain of a South Korean ferry that sank last year, killing 304 people, was found guilty of homicide by an appeals court on Tuesday and sentenced to life in prison, overturning an earlier conviction for negligence.

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Kerry says Iran, world powers closer than ever to historic nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS - The United States and five other major powers are closer than ever to a deal with Iran that would end a 12-year-old standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme, though more tough negotiations lie ahead, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. | Video

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Japan's Abe seeks to showcase close U.S. ties on landmark visit

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for White House talks on Tuesday to showcase newly strengthened defence ties and advance a long-delayed Pacific trade deal as the two allies seek to counter China’s rising influence in Asia.

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EU, Ukraine leaders meet as shelling worsens, one Ukrainian soldier killed

KIEV - Top European Union officials met the Ukrainian leadership on Monday for talks on deepening trade links and efforts to bring peace to Ukraine, but worsening violence in the separatist-minded east clouded the summit.

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Islamic State kills five journalists working for Libyan TV station - army official

BENGHAZI, Libya - Islamic State militants have slit the throats of five journalists working for a Libyan TV station in the eastern part of the country, an army commander said on Monday.

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Tuesday April 28

LONDON, April 28 - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 26 points, or 0.4 percent lower on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.1 percent at 0629 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on