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In Japan, Obama reassuring

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:01
U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by an official upon his arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, on April 23, 2014. STORY HIGHLIGHTSObama says a set of disputed islands fall under a U.S.-Japanese treatyHe makes the comments to Japanese paper ahead of a visit to AsiaChina disputes his assertion, saying the U.S.
Obama wades into testy China-Japan feud
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:00
TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. "The policy of the United States is clear," he said in a written response to questions published in Japan's Yomiuri newspaper before his arrival in Tokyo at the start of a four-country Asia tour. "The Senkaku islands are administered by Japan" and therefore fall under…
Obama begins Asia tour with reassurance to Japan
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:45
U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by an official upon his arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, on April 23, 2014. STORY HIGHLIGHTSObama says a set of disputed islands fall under a U.S.-Japanese treatyHe makes the comments to Japanese paper ahead of a visit to AsiaChina disputes his assertion, saying the U.S.
Why isn't President Obama visiting China?
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:45
Patricia Wu speaks to Geoff Dyer about U.S. Pres. Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Asia and what he hopes to accomplish.If your browser has Adobe Flash Player installed, click above to play. Otherwise, click below.
Dead Ukraine politician faced hostile mob, video shows
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:45
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - The Ukrainian town councilor whose apparent torture and murder helped to prompt a new government offensive in the east was mobbed by a hostile, pro-Russian crowd before he disappeared, a video of the incident shows. The footage from Thursday on local news site gorlovka.ua shows angry scenes outside the town hall of Horlivka, between the separatist flashpoint cities of Donetsk and Slaviansk, as councilor Volodymyr Rybak is manhandled by several men,…
S. Korea ferry turned further than ordered, professor says
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:45
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear. Professor Kim Woo-Sook of Mokpo National Maritime University is a former teacher of the third mate, Park Han-gyeol. She was arrested Saturday in connection with the accident, which left 302 people dead or missing.
Memorial for S. Korea ferry victims opens in Ansan
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:45
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for many, many more pictures. The temporary memorial opened Wednesday in Ansan, the city south of Seoul that has taken the brunt of the pain from the ferry sinking last week that left…
Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China as Asia trip begins
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:31
By Linda Sieg and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. Obama's remarks, aimed at reassuring Japan and other allies, set against a robust commentary from…
Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:31
TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming. Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday night on an official state visit. He was headed straight for a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) before bilateral talks Thursday. Obama also will be the honored guest at a state dinner. The situation in Eastern Europe remains…
Awaiting Obama in Asia: Issues of security and trade
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:00
A series of crises, both foreign and domestic, have pulled President Obama's attention away from a intended "pivot" to focus on Asia. With a weeklong trip that will cover Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the president hopes to get back on track with this oft-overshadowed part of the foreign policy agenda. "We increasingly see our top priorities as tied to Asia, whether it's accessing new markets or promoting exports, or protecting our security…