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Dispute islands 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance

The islands at the centre of a corrosive row between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the US-Japan defence alliance, Barack Obama told a newspaper ahead of his arrival in Tokyo Wednesday. Obama, whose tour of Asia will also take in South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia, is the first sitting US president to explicitly affirm that hostile action against the island chain would spark an American reaction.

Obama heads on Asia tour, visits US disaster site

After meeting with survivors of a deadly landslide near Seattle, President Barack Obama left Tuesday on a weeklong tour of Asia in what the White House has called a "rebalancing" eastward of US foreign policy. Obama left Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C. aboard Air Force One, and then made a stopover in Washington state to visit the scene of the landslide a month ago in Oso, some 95 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Seattle.

Dispute islands 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance

The islands at the centre of a corrosive row between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the US-Japan defence alliance, Barack Obama told a newspaper ahead of his arrival in Tokyo Wednesday. Obama, who begins a tour of Asia that will also take in South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia, is the first sitting US president to explicitly affirm that hostile action against the island chain would spark an American reaction.

US says violence in South Sudan is "abomination"

The White House expressed horror Tuesday at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan, where rebels took another town from government troops in a worsening civil war. The rebels seized the town of Bentiu last week, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, butchering dozens on the roadside, according to the United Nations. mdl/dw/dh

US horrified at 'abomination' of violence in South Sudan

The White House expressed horror Tuesday at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan, where rebels took another town from government troops in a worsening civil war. The rebels seized the town of Bentiu last week, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, butchering dozens on the roadside, according to the United Nations.

Obama leaves U.S. for Asia tour, alliance in focus in Japan

U.S. President Barack Obama left the United States on Tuesday for Japan, the first leg of a four-nation trip to East and Southeast Asia during which he will promote the U.S. commitment to the region. Obama will explain the U.S. intention to focus on the Asia-Pacific, a policy described as "rebalancing," during talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the leaders of South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, U.S. government officials said.

Countries convene to plot Internet governance

A summit on Internet governance kicks off in Brazil Wednesday, aiming for a new global partnership in the wake of revelations on US online surveillance. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called the gathering last years amid ire worldwide stemming from the disclosures about US spying in documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The two-day NETmundial gathering in Sao Paulo includes representatives from countries around the world and comes in the wake of word from US officials that they plan to loosen their grip on the Internet.

Countries convene to plot Internet governance

A summit on Internet governance kicks off in Brazil Wednesday, aiming for a new global partnership in the wake of revelations on US online surveillance. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called the gathering last years amid ire worldwide stemming from the disclosures about US spying in documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The two-day NETmundial gathering in Sao Paulo includes representatives from countries around the world and comes in the wake of word from US officials that they plan to loosen their grip on the Internet.

Obama heads on Asia tour, visits US disaster site

President Barack Obama met Tuesday with survivors of a deadly landlside near Seattle before leaving on a weeklong tour of Asia in what the White House has called a "rebalancing" eastward of US foreign policy. Obama left Andrews Air Force Base aboard Air Force One, and then made a stopover in Washington state to visit the scene of the landslide a month ago in Oso, some 95 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Seattle.

New Jersey governor's press aide subpoenaed in 'Bridgegate' probe

(Reuters) - A New Jersey legislative panel investigating the "Bridgegate" traffic scandal subpoenaed the press spokesman to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and three other officials on Tuesday. The Legislative Select Committee on Investigation ordered Michael Drewniak, Christie's press spokesman, to appear before it in May. Christie, a Republican seen as a top White House contender in 2016, has seen his poll numbers drop since the scandal broke last year.
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