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Japan, U.S. agree to ease limits on navigation in area off Okinawa

The Japanese and U.S. governments formally agreed Thursday to ease restrictions on navigation in an area used for U.S. military training off Okinawa's main island, enabling fishing under certain conditions. The bilateral accord now allows vessels to navigate in the area when no U.S. military exercises are conducted. Until now, fishing boats have effectively been barred from entering the area.

Japan, U.S. agree to ease limits on navigation in area off Okinawa

The Japanese and U.S. governments formally agreed Thursday to ease restrictions on navigation in an area used for U.S. military training off Okinawa's main island, enabling fishing under certain conditions. The bilateral accord now allows vessels to navigate in the area when no U.S. military exercises are conducted. Until now, fishing boats have effectively been barred from entering the area.

U.S. weighs Ukraine requests for military aid, OKs rations: sources

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is weighing requests for military assistance from Ukraine, including both lethal and non-lethal support, two U.S. officials said on Thursday, as a prominent U.S. senator urged approval of any arms sought by Kiev. The U.S. officials, who asked to speak on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the diplomatic discussions, said the United States had already decided to move ahead with some aid, including military food rations.

Europe's fear of U.S. hormone meat, GM food sows divide in trade talks

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's reluctance to buy hormone meat or genetically modified food from the United States has exposed an "enormous gulf" that threatens the world's biggest trade pact, industry and labour groups told EU and U.S. negotiators on Wednesday. Eight months into talks to create a transatlantic pact encompassing almost half the world's economy, divisions remain over opening up to each others goods, rules governing the names of foods and genetically modified food.

S. Korea to hold talks with U.S. over ISD clause in free trade pact

SEOUL, March 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea plans to hold talks with the United States to rework the investor-state dispute (ISD) clause in their two-year-old free trade pact that has long been cited by critics as being unfair, a government source said Sunday. The insider, who did not wish to be identified, said Seoul will call for the service investment committee of the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) to touch on the ISD issue within the year.

Russia's top diplomat warns US against hasty action on Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday warned US Secretary of State John Kerry against Washington taking hasty action or imposing sanctions over Ukraine, Russia's foreign ministry said Friday. In a telephone call, the two men followed up on their talks in Paris and Rome that had failed to lead to an agreement on how to resolve the Ukrainian crisis. The two diplomatic chiefs "agreed to continue looking at the problems of the sharp political crisis that has seized this country," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

Russia gave prior notice of missile test: US official

Russia informed the United States in advance that it would carry out a launch Tuesday of an intercontinental ballistic missile, US officials said, downplaying the test amid tensions with Moscow. The ICBM launch was routine and the US government was notified "before the crisis started in Ukraine," a senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. The test launch came at a moment of high tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine, where the Crimean peninsula has been put under de facto control by Kremlin-backed troops.

Japan gives U.S. cold shoulder in TPP negotiating countries

After talks with the United States last month on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement resulted in a stalemate, Japan now plans to give priority to talks with the other 10 TPP negotiating countries, government sources said Monday. Japan had planned to reach an accord with the United States on tariff reductions on farm imports before taking advantage of the Japan-U.S. agreement to accelerate overall TPP negotiations.

China swipes back at U.S. in annual rights report

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Friday accused the United States of widespread human rights abuses, including cyber-surveillance and child labor, in Beijing's annual rebuttal of Washington's criticism of its rights record. Human rights have long been a source of tension between the world's two largest economies, especially since 1989, when the U.S. imposed sanctions on China after a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

China swipes back at U.S. in annual rights report

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Friday accused the United States of widespread human rights abuses, including cyber-surveillance and child labor, in Beijing's annual rebuttal of Washington's criticism of its rights record. Human rights have long been a source of tension between the world's two largest economies, especially since 1989, when the U.S. imposed sanctions on China after a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
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