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Abe, Obama to say will not tolerate bid to alter status quo by force

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama plan to declare in a summit Thursday the two allies will not tolerate any attempt to alter the status quo by force or coercion, a move aimed at keeping China and Russia in check, sources involved in bilateral relations said Saturday.

Obama to bolster US 'rebalance' to Asia

President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster US alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension. Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, and will be under duress to address maritime territorial disputes between US allies and China. Aides said Friday that the president would restate staunch US support for its friends, underline its role as a Pacific power, and seek to reassure the region that his Asia "rebalancing" strategy is not running out of steam.

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.

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.

In Seoul, Obama to focus on security guarantee, FTA

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will have two main goals in his trip to South Korea next week -- assuring Washington's security commitment and promoting bilateral economic ties, according to the White House Friday. Shortly after flying into Seoul on April 25 from Tokyo, Obama will head to the War Memorial of Korea to lay a wreath. It is one of the most symbolic places for the alliance as the two nations fought side by side against the invading North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War.

In Seoul, Obama to focus on security guarantee, FTA

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will have two main goals in his trip to South Korea next week -- assuring Washington's security commitment and promoting bilateral economic ties, according to the White House Friday. Shortly after flying into Seoul on April 25 from Tokyo, Obama will head to the War Memorial of Korea to lay a wreath. It is one of the most symbolic places for the alliance as the two nations fought side by side against the invading North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national stage for a week-long trip to Asia, Obama used a news conference to make the case that the Affordable Care Act had mended nicely from its disastrous October rollout.

Obama : stop saying sorry for Obamacare

US President Barack Obama told fellow Democrats to stop saying sorry for his health care law Thursday, revealing that eight million people had now signed up for insurance. Obama said it was also time for Republicans to accept that the Affordable Care Act -- the cornerstone of his domestic legacy, which was plagued by a botched rollout and fierce political controversy -- works and is here to stay. "I think that Democrats should forcefully defend and be proud" of helping millions of people, Obama said at a press conference.

Malaysian Muslims protest against Obama visit

About 100 Malaysian Muslim activists protested Friday outside the US embassy against the coming visit by President Barack Obama, denouncing him as an enemy of Islam. The demonstration underscored the delicate nature of Obama's trip to Muslim-majority Malaysia, which will make him the first siting US president to visit in nearly half a century, a period marked by mutual distrust. The protesters marched to the embassy in Kuala Lumpur from a nearby mosque after Friday afternoon prayers, shouting "God is great" and "Obama is the enemy of the Prophet Muhammad."
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