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Obama said the US would defend Japan in any conflict with China over the Senkaku islands. His trip has targeted better relations with Prime Minister Abe, whose comments about Japan's World War II history have caused strains.

Cliven Bundy on 'the Negro': Why his words aren't a huge surprise

2:12 pm ET - The Nevada rancher who took on the BLM now posits that 'the Negro' may be better off as slaves. The link between racially offensive views and a certain strain of far-right politics seen at the Cliven Bundy ranch is well established, analysts say.

What Simon Ostrovsky's detention means for Ukraine's information wars

1:53 pm ET - The American reporter for Vice News had been shooting often reckless videos of the crisis before he was grabbed by pro-Russia militiamen. He was released Thursday after being held for four days.

Pro-Russia militias say they know what they want. But do they?

10:31 am ET - Militants occupying government buildings across eastern Ukraine are clear in their calls for 'federalization.' When pressed on what that means, though, things get murky.

Why Bangladesh's Rana Plaza survivors are back at work

12:19 pm ET - One year on, some survivors of the factory collapse in Bangladesh have gone back to work. There are industry-wide efforts to improve safety, but challenges remain.

US widens path to clemency for nonviolent federal drug offenders (+video)

9:22 pm ET - The new Justice Department clemency guidelines, which apply to inmates who have served 10 years of their sentence, are designed to alleviate racial disparities left over from tough drug laws.

Decoder Buzz Hillary Clinton says she's done with new memoir. When's it coming out? (+video)

7:21 pm ET - Hillary Clinton, addressing women at a conference on developing a new generation of female leaders, made no mention of any political plans, but urged them: 'Dare to compete.'

Why Israel may need to rethink its assumptions on Palestinian unity (+video)

4:15 pm ET - Israel criticized Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for siding with a terrorist group instead of pursuing peace with Israel. But Mr. Abbas can’t enforce peace without unity.

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Invoking 'Fire Pelosi' from 2010, GOP takes on Harry Reid. Will it work? (+video)

6:37 pm ET - The GOP is trying to demonize Senate majority leader Harry Reid as a way to defeat vulnerable Democrats and take over the Senate. But the tactic's effectiveness is questionable. 

IRS takes new hit: Report finds agency gave bonuses to tax evaders (+video)

6:14 pm ET - The IRS gave $1,000 bonuses to some 1,100 of its own workers with known tax-compliance problems, a US Treasury report finds. On top of an ongoing scandal over tax treatment of tea party groups, the report is a damaging blow to public confidence.

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Lowly Y chromosome may deserve some respect after all

6:00 pm ET - Yes, the Y chromosome separates the guys from the gals, but scientists didn't think it was good for much else. New research indicates that in humans the Y includes a set of multitasking genes that regulate cells throughout the male body.

Encircled and alone, Lebanese village braces for Syrian assault

5:00 pm ET - Tfail, located on a spit of land that extends into Syria, is surrounded by Syrian forces on three sides. Hezbollah, a regime ally, sits on the fourth side.

US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? (+video)

5:39 pm ET - A contingent of 150 US troops began arriving in Poland Wednesday, the first of four such units being deployed for training exercises in Eastern Europe in a move criticized as unlikely to impress Russia.

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