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Obama to visit Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, National Mosque in Malaysia

A Shinto shrine commemorating Emperor Meiji in Tokyo and the National Mosque in Malaysia will be among locations U.S. President Barack Obama will visit during his upcoming trip to Asia, the White House said Friday. Obama will arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday evening and have a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Ben Rhodes, deputy U.S. national security adviser, told a press conference on the detailed itinerary of the president's trip to four Asian countries.

US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline, likely punting decision until after Election Day

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is extending indefinitely its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.

White House focuses Obama's Asia trip on economics, but regional security also an issue

WASHINGTON - The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

White House focuses Obama's Asia trip on economics, but regional security also an issue

WASHINGTON - The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

US delays decision on Keystone pipeline project

The United States on Friday indefinitely extended the review process for a controversial Canada-to-US oil pipeline, potentially delaying a final decision on the project until beyond mid-term elections in November. The US State Department said eight federal agencies -- who had been given until the end of May to submit views on the matter -- would now have a longer window to weigh in on the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.

Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. The decision could help pave the way for generic competitors of Teva's Copaxone drug to go on the market as soon as next month.

Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis. Obama signed a law passed by the U.S. Congress that blocks any individual from entering the United States who has been found to have been engaged in espionage or terrorist activity against the United States or if that person may pose a threat to U.S. national security.

Territory dispute key topic during Obama's trip to Asia: aide

Territorial dispute is among key topics U.S. President Barack Obama will discuss with Asian leaders during an upcoming trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, his top foreign policy aide said Friday. Obama is set to go on the trip amid looming concerns among many Asian countries that Russia's annexation of Crimea in March could spur China's maritime activities to claim a number of disputed islands in the East and South China seas.

Territory dispute key topic during Obama's trip to Asia: aide

Territorial dispute is among key topics U.S. President Barack Obama will discuss with Asian leaders during an upcoming trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, his top foreign policy aide said Friday. Obama is set to go on the trip amid looming concerns among many Asian countries that Russia's annexation of Crimea in March could spur China's maritime activities to claim a number of disputed islands in the East and South China seas.

Supreme Court declines to block ruling on multiple sclerosis drug in patent dispute

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's bestselling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month. The decision is a victory for rivals challenging the patents of Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., maker of the drug Copaxone.
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