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Spanish king offers warm welcome to Ecuadorian leader

Madrid, Apr 24 (EFE).- King Juan Carlos of Spain welcomed Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Thursday for talks on bilateral relations and Ibero-American matters. "Just a few of you today, eh?" the monarch joked upon entering the audience chamber at the Zarzuela Palace and observing the big crowd of journalists waiting to take pictures and videos of him greeting Correa. The visiting head of state shook hands with the king while expressing his gratitude for being received and said he was "very happy" to see him.

Trade and travel ties grow for Cubans, Cuban Americans

A rise in trade and travel is helping bridge a gulf that has divided Cubans from expats in Florida for more than half a century, experts said. Some experts say relations are better than at any time since the rupture in diplomatic ties between Havana and Washington in the early 1960's, in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution -- in part because of looser travel restrictions on both sides.

Obama in Tokyo backs Japan in China island row

US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to help stop North Korea from forging ahead with its "dangerous" nuclear programme. Obama described as "critically important" China's role in keeping its wayward ally in check after South Korea said heightened activity at the North's main nuclear test site could point to an imminent test -- its fourth.

China encourages foreign journalists to voice 'justice' for Japan's wartime atrocities

BEIJING, April 24 (Yonhap) -- China is encouraging foreign journalists to visit historical sites where the Japanese Imperial Army's brutal crimes were committed during World War II, China's foreign ministry said Thursday, adding that it wants them to voice "justice" for Japan's wartime atrocities. China has been stepping up its efforts since early this year to remind people around the world of Japan's wartime atrocities by taking foreign correspondents on trips to cities in northern China that were occupied by Japan during the war.

Cuban top diplomat meets with attorney of jailed American

Cuba's top diplomat has met with a lawyer for jailed US contractor Alan Gross who is serving a 15-year term in Cuban prison, his defense team said Wednesday. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez met with Gross's lawyer Scott Gilbert on Wednesday in Havana, stressing Cuba's willingness to speak with the United States on the case, Gilbert's team said in a statement released in Washington.

Japan, Laos to hold 1st security talks

Japan and Laos will hold their first bilateral security talks Thursday in Vientiane, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Participants will include Kazuhide Ishikawa, director general of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department at the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Mai Sayavongs, director general of the Department of Asia-Pacific and Africa at the Lao Foreign Ministry, and Defense Ministry officials from the two countries.

With terms far apart, no solution in sight for China's shoe factory strike in its 2nd week

BEIJING, China - Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labour dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas. The on-off work stoppage at Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd.'s massive factory complex in southern China, which employs more than 40,000 workers, has stretched into the second week as both sides have failed to reach an agreement.

Cubans get Hollywood, football fix through 'paquete'

Black market sales of USB sticks loaded with Hollywood blockbusters, pop music or football are booming in communist Cuba, where content-starved consumers are snapping them up to escape the dreary offerings of state-run media. Hungry for the Internet and barred from access to satellite television, Cubans have regularly swapped entertainment stored on USB sticks or computer hard drives. The practice has now evolved to a sophisticated new level, however, with the rise of what is known locally as the "paquete."

Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine, angers China, South Korea

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, angering both South Korea and China on Monday and putting regional ties under further strain. Adding to unease in the region, a Chinese maritime court in Shanghai seized a ship on Saturday owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, a move that Japan warned could have an adverse impact on its businesses in China.

Abe vows to underscore significance of alliance during Obama trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he wants to show the world during U.S. President Barack Obama's three-day visit to Japan starting Wednesday that the bilateral alliance will play a significant role in ensuring regional peace and stability. "I would like to send a message to the world (with Obama) that the Japan-U.S. alliance will play a leading role in ensuring peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region," Abe said in a meeting with a delegation of U.S. lawmakers at the prime minister's office, part of which was open to journalists.
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