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Barack Obama on 4-nation Asia trip, starting with Japan

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 11:01

Starting his 8-day tour with Japan, Obama`s next stops will be in three other countries - South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Asian shares mixed, China manufacturing improves

Asian shares mixed, China manufacturing improves

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 09:17

Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday following another Wall Street rally while a provisional report showed a slight improvement in Chinese manufacturing activity this month.

No progress at UN in Iran-US envoy row

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 08:58

Iran brought its simmering row with the United States over its proposed UN ambassador to United Nations headquarters today but failed to make any headway.

US weighs curbing deportations

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 00:26

Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the US illegally but don`t have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by senior American officials.

Barack Obama departs US for Asia tour

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 23:20

President Barack Obama departed Washington today for a weeklong tour of Asia in what the White House has called a "rebalancing" eastward of US foreign policy.

Pressure on White House to repair ties with India by inviting Modi: US experts

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 18:50

With results of the nine phases Lok Sabha elections due on May 16, and the likelihood, as projected by media, that Bharatiya Janata Party`s (BJP) Narendra Modi could be the next Prime Minister, many voices in the United States are counselling the White House that it should pay more attention to India.

Lost codes spark Japan airport scramble on eve of Obama trip

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 13:30

Airport authorities in Japan launched a frantic scramble to change security pass codes, an official said today, the day before Barack Obama arrives, after an airline employee dropped a memo containing the details.

Japan lawmakers in mass visit to Yasukuni war shrine ahead of Obama trip

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 11:27

In a move that is expected to send tizzy among Japan`s regional neighbours, Japanese lawmakers numbering 150, on Tuesday paid a visit to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine just a day before US President Barack Obama is to arrive in Tokyo.

Japan lodges protest against China ship seizure

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 11:26

Tokyo today said it has lodged a formal protest against China`s seizure of a Japanese ship over unpaid bills dating back to the 1930s, in the latest row to underscore the bitter enmity between the Asian giants.

US takes extraordinary care in counterterrorism actions:Carney

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 10:44

The US has asserted that extraordinary care is taken to ensure its counterterrorism actions are in accordance with international and domestic laws.

South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 09:49

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out its fourth nuclear test, South Korea`s Defence Ministry said today, citing a significant step up in activity at the North`s main test site.

Obama meeting would have been `helpful`: Malaysia`s Anwar

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 00:29

Malaysia`s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Monday a meeting with US President Barack Obama during a coming visit to Malaysia would have been "consistent with US democratic ideals," after Washington said there would be no such encounter.