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U.S. accepts Japan's invitation to host Obama as state guest: source

The United States has accepted Japan's invitation to host President Barack Obama as a state guest in Tokyo on April 24 and 25, a Japanese government source said Thursday. Obama will become the first U.S. president to be accorded such treatment since Bill Clinton in 1996. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Obama are expected to hold summit talks on April 24, the source added.

Worried about Senate, Obama calls 2014 his last campaign

By Jeff Mason CHICAGO (Reuters) - On a politically focused trip aimed at revving up his base and raising cash, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged supporters to help Democrats keep control of the U.S. Senate and declared this year to be his last campaign. Buoyed by good news over his signature healthcare program, Obama touted proposals to raise the minimum wage and spur job creation that have little chance of passage in Congress during a rally with students in Michigan.

In Michigan, Obama presses his case for higher minimum wage, asks businesses, lawmakers to act

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Pressing his economic case in an election year, President Barack Obama came to Michigan on Wednesday to praise the state's ongoing effort to raise the minimum wage — and to accuse Republicans who oppose that step in Michigan and in Congress of standing in the way of prosperity for millions of Americans.

Obama to make overnight stay in Seoul after state visit to Tokyo: sources

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 2 (Yonhap) -- On his upcoming tour of Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to stay in South Korea less than two days, while considering a three-day state visit to Japan, diplomatic sources here said Wednesday. The White House earlier announced that Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April. It stopped short of revealing detailed schedules.

Obama may visit Japan around April 23-25

The United States and Japan are trying to schedule for President Barack Obama to visit Tokyo sometime between April 23 and 25, a Japanese government source said Wednesday. Japan plans to welcome Obama as a state guest, the first U.S. president to be accorded such treatment since Bill Clinton in 1996. In a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama is expected to stress the importance of the U.S.-Japan security alliance amid concerns over North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs and China's maritime expansion.

Obama may visit Japan around April 23-25

The United States and Japan are trying to schedule for President Barack Obama to visit Tokyo sometime between April 23 and 25, a Japanese government source said Wednesday. Japan plans to welcome Obama as a state guest, the first U.S. president to be accorded such treatment since Bill Clinton in 1996. In a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama is expected to stress the importance of the U.S.-Japan security alliance amid concerns over North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs and China's maritime expansion.

Obama may visit Japan around April 23-25

The United States and Japan are trying to schedule for President Barack Obama to visit Tokyo sometime between April 23 and 25, a Japanese government source said Wednesday. Japan plans to welcome Obama as a state guest, the first U.S. president to be accorded such treatment since Bill Clinton in 1996. In a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama is expected to stress the importance of the U.S.-Japan security alliance amid concerns over North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs and China's maritime expansion.

US Congress passes Ukraine aid, Russian sanctions bill

Congress easily passed an American aid package Tuesday for Ukraine that also included sanctions against Russia for its Crimea takeover, US lawmakers' first binding response to the crisis in Eastern Europe. The House of Representatives voted 378 to 34 to approve the bill, which the Senate greenlighted last week, meaning the bill including $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. mlm/pst

Hispanic delegation that visited pope feels trip was a success

Chicago, Mar 31 (EFE).- The delegation of Hispanic Catholics who traveled to The Vatican to ask Pope Francis to help them put an end to deportations called their visit a success. "We're very happy, we think we achieved our objective of issuing a call of hope to maintain the morale of almost 12 million undocumented people in our country," Rev. Marco A. Mercado told Efe upon his return from Rome.

Man arrested for scaling White House fence

A man was arrested Sunday after he climbed over a fence at the White House, the Secret Service said. Spokesman Brian Leary said the incident happened shortly before 4:00 pm (2000 GMT) and that the individual in question was "immediately detained." Charges against the man, whose identity has not been released, are pending, Leary said. President Barack Obama returned to the US capital from an overseas trip late Saturday. vlk/oh
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