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Abe to ask Obama to boost shale gas exports to Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to ask U.S. President Barack Obama during their upcoming talks in Tokyo to boost U.S. shale gas exports to Japan, a government source said Sunday. Japan views the new and abundant source of natural gas as key to cutting fuel procurement costs and is aiming to ensure stable supplies from the United States, according to the source.

Abe to ask Obama to boost shale gas exports to Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to ask U.S. President Barack Obama during their upcoming talks in Tokyo to boost U.S. shale gas exports to Japan, a government source said Sunday. Japan views the new and abundant source of natural gas as key to cutting fuel procurement costs and is aiming to ensure stable supplies from the United States, according to the source.

Japan PM talks to U.S. Vice President Biden about Ukraine, trade

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke by telephone to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said. U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but that Washington and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Moscow if the situation fails to improve.

Obama not sure if Ukraine deal will work

US President Barack Obama said a deal Thursday to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine was a "glimmer of hope" but cautioned he could not be sure if Russia would live up to it. Obama, in a careful response to the apparent breakthrough in Geneva, said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.

First lady says a high school diploma is not enough, tours Howard U. campus with students

WASHINGTON - It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation. The first lady told a group of students Thursday that a high school diploma is not enough in today's global economy. "No longer is high school the bar. That is not enough," Mrs. Obama told the crowd. "You have got to go to college or get some kind of professional training."

Obama to hold press conference, set to address Ukraine: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will hold a press conference at the White House on Thursday and will be prepared to answer questions about the situation in Ukraine, a White House aide said. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes announced the news in a Twitter post. (Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Beech)

Obama not sure if Ukraine deal will work

President Barack Obama said a deal Thursday to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine was a "glimmer of hope" but cautioned he could not be sure if Russia would live up to it. Obama, in a careful response to the apparent breakthrough in Geneva, said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.

Obama not sure if Ukraine deal will work

President Barack Obama said a deal Thursday to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine was a "glimmer of hope" but cautioned he could not be sure if Russia would live up to it. Obama, in a careful response to the apparent breakthrough in Geneva, said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.

Obama says cannot be sure if Ukraine deal will work

US President Barack Obama said Thursday he could not be sure if a surprise deal on Ukraine reached by Russia, Kiev and the West would work, signalling possible new sanctions against Moscow if it falls through. "I don't think we can be sure of anything at this point. I think there is the possibility, the prospect, that the diplomacy may de-escalate the situation," Obama told reporters after four-way crisis talks in Geneva. "We have put in place additional consequences that we can impose on the Russians if we do not see actual improvement of the situation."

Obama: Russia faces consequences for destabilizing Ukraine - CBS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday Russia can expect further sanctions if it steps up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. "What I have said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are designed to destabilize Ukraine and violate their sovereignty, that there are going to be consequences," he said in an interview with CBS. (Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Chris Reese)
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