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  • GOP senators attack Obama deportations review 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators are accusing President Barack Obama of disregarding the rule of law and the Constitution by considering administrative changes to the nation's deportations policy. More »

  • Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger
    Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger 6 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — As trade negotiators struggled to overcome their differences, President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and urged the U.S. and Japan to take bold steps to complete an agreement that is key to his agenda in the region. More »

  • WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama's robot summit
    WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama's robot summit 8 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — The voice was slightly halting, childlike. "Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you." More »

  • Obama Russia Sanctions Threat Hikes Oil Prices
    Obama Russia Sanctions Threat Hikes Oil Prices 9 hours ago

    Brent crude oil rose well above $109 a barrel on Wednesday after US President Barack Obama signalled that Washington was ready to impose deeper sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Speaking on his trip to East Asia, Obama said more economic sanctions were "teed up" if Russia fails to abide by the agreement signed in Geneva last Thursday. The escalating conflict between Russia and the West over Ukraine has fuelled fears over energy supplies to European markets. Russian energy giant Gazprom has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine after the Kiev government refused to pay an increased price for natural gas. More »

  • Barack Obama Plays Football with Humanoid Robot Asimo in Japan
    Barack Obama Plays Football with Humanoid Robot Asimo in Japan 10 hours ago

    President Barack Obama has matched football skills against a humanoid robot while touring the Miraikan Science Expo in Tokyo. Obama declared that Asimo's soccer skills were pretty impressive, but after he finished touring the Miraikan Museum, he told students that "the robots were a little scary". The president made it clear that investing in maths and science programmes was paramount and had contributed to both Japan and the US being on the cutting edge of innovation. More »

  • Hot Shots Photos of the Day: Medieval Skull, Obama Robot, Cat Cafe
  • Obama ate only half the sushi course: media
    Obama ate only half the sushi course: media 11 hours ago

    Barack Obama may have enthused publicly about the sushi he was served at an exclusive Michelin-starred restaurant, but he stopped eating half way through the meal, reports said Thursday. More »

  • Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies
    Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies 11 hours ago

    By Mark Felsenthal and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defence, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands. His comments drew a swift response from China, which said the disputed islets were Chinese territory. Obama also urged Japan to take "bold steps" to clinch a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broad regional agreement that is a central part of the U.S. leader's "pivot" of military, diplomatic and economic resources towards Asia and the Pacific. U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators failed to resolve differences in time for Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to shake hands on a deal at the summit. More »

  • Obama gets a kick out of footballing robot
    Obama gets a kick out of footballing robot 11 hours ago

    Barack Obama Thursday came face to face with Japan's newest sporting phenomenon -- an eerily realistic humanoid robot which can run, jump and enjoy a kickaround with the president of the United States. More »

  • Japan PM Abe and U.S. President Obama - what's in a name? 12 hours ago

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may have hoped to demonstrate his personal ties with President Barack Obama during the U.S. leader's state visit to Tokyo - but if how they addressed each other in public was any gauge, the effort fell a little short. Ronald Reagan and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone set the gold-standard for chummy relations between leaders of the two allies back in the 1980's, when they famously called each other by the nicknames "Ron" and "Yasu". George W. Bush and Junichiro Koizumi also bonded during Koizumi's 2001-2006 term as Japanese premier, playing ball, eating BBQ at Bush's Texas ranch, and visiting Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion, where Koizumi crooned Elvis tunes. We spoke for an hour and a half about the issues between Japan and US and about global issues," Abe said at a joint news conference after their summit on Thursday. More »

  • Asian stocks drop on no trade deal in Obama visit 12 hours ago

    Asian shares were mixed as stocks in Tokyo slipped Thursday after talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama produced little on a trade agreement. Progress on the trans-Pacific ... More »

  • China rejects Obama's statement on islets disputed with Japan 12 hours ago

    A chain of islets disputed by China and Japan belong to China regardless of what anyone says, China said on Thursday, in response to a remark by U.S. President Barack Obama that a security treaty between the U.S. and Japan covers the islands. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks at a daily press briefing on Thursday. Obama said he had not drawn any new "red line" over the islands, adding that maritime disputes must be resolved peacefully. The group of tiny East China Sea islets, known in Japan as the Senkaku and in China as the Diaoyu, have long strained ties between Beijing and Tokyo. More »

  • Obama Accuses Russia of Thwarting Geneva Accord and Threatens More Sanction …
    Obama Accuses Russia of Thwarting Geneva Accord and Threatens More Sanction … 13 hours ago

    US President Barack Obama has hit out at Russia for flouting the Geneva accord as international tensions over Ukraine continue and a cohort of US troops land in Poland for military drills. Obama, who is in Japan as part of a multi-nation Asian tour, condemned the continued Moscow-backed takeover of government buildings in cities in eastern Ukraine. He also hinted at the possibility of further sanctions on Russia. "We have seen them not abide by the spirit or the letter of the agreement in Geneva," Obama said at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. More »

  • Obama says more sanctions 'teed up' against Russia over Ukraine 14 hours ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that more sanctions were "teed up" against Russia if it does not deliver on promises in an agreement in Geneva last week to ease tensions in Ukraine. "So far at least we have seen them not abide by the spirit or the letter of the agreement in Geneva," he said at a joint news conference after a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He said that Russia could avoid further sanctions by changing course but that the evidence so far had not left him hopeful that Moscow would do so. "There's always the possibility that Russia, tomorrow, or the next day, reverses its course and takes a different approach," he said. More »

  • Russia not abiding by Geneva agreement says Obama
    Russia not abiding by Geneva agreement says Obama 14 hours ago

    US President Barack Obama accused Russia on Thursday of failing to respect an agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, the latest salvo in the Cold War-like duel between Washington and Moscow over the future of the ex-Soviet nation. More »

  • Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute
    Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute 14 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully. More »

  • Obama: Not hopeful North Korea will change soon
    Obama: Not hopeful North Korea will change soon 14 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's not optimistic North Korea will stop behaving irresponsibly in the near future. More »

  • Obama backs Japan in islands row with China
    Obama backs Japan in islands row with China 14 hours ago

    US president says islands at centre of Sino-Japanese dispute are Japanese and fall under terms of US-Japan defence pact. More »

  • Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'
    Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up' 14 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine. More »

  • Japan PM Abe - Agreed with Obama on broad range of security cooperation 15 hours ago

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday the United States and Japan have agreed to cooperate on a broad range of security and defence issues, adding that U.S. President Barack Obama had welcomed Tokyo's efforts to review its exercise of collective self-defence. Abe is seeking to lift Japan's self-imposed ban on the actual exercise of the right of collective self defence, or aiding an ally under attack. Proponents say lifting the ban would free up the Japanese military to work more closely with the armed forces of the United States and other allies, while critics say it would make Japan more likely to get involved in overseas armed conflicts. More »

  • Obama says U.S.-Japan treaty covers disputed isles, but no new 'red lin … 16 hours ago

    TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said that the U.S.-Japan security treaty covers islands at the centre of a Sino-Japanese dispute but that he had not drawn any new "red line" over the islands, emphasising the need to resolve maritime disputes peacefully. Sino-Japanese relations have long been plagued by conflicting claims over a group of tiny East China Sea islets, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Obama made the remarks at a joint news conference after a summit meeting on Thursday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ... More »

  • Obama: Time is now to resolve trade pact issues 16 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement. More »

  • Obama says further Russia sanctions are "teed up" in response to Ukraine … 16 hours ago

    Obama says further Russia sanctions are "teed up" in response to Ukraine crisis. More »

  • Obama: Russia not abiding by agreement on Ukraine 16 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama says Russia has not abided by the spirit or the letter of an agreement reached in Geneva last week that aimed to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine. More »

  • Obama says Russia isn't abiding by spirit or letter of Geneva agreement … 16 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Obama says Russia isn't abiding by spirit or letter of Geneva agreement on Ukraine. More »

  • Obama calls for peaceful end to island dispute
    Obama calls for peaceful end to island dispute 16 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama says he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully. More »

  • Obama in Japan says 'Senkaku' islands covered by security treaty
    Obama in Japan says 'Senkaku' islands covered by security treaty 17 hours ago

    US President Barack Obama Thursday told a press conference in Japan that islands at the centre of a bitter territorial dispute with China are covered by a defence treaty that would oblige Washington to act if they were attacked. More »

  • Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances
    Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances 18 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure Japanese leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges to Asia even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere. More »

  • Asian stocks mixed on Obama visit, US dip 18 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares lacked a clear direction in early Thursday trading as players took a mostly wait-and-see view ahead of talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama. More »

  • Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan
    Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan 21 hours ago

    By Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that Washington's real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. Obama will be treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America's security strategy in Asia, remains solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats. It was unclear, however, whether a last-ditch round of talks between U.S. and Japanese negotiators would yield a breakthrough on a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broader trans-Pacific agreement that Obama has championed. The challenge for Obama during his week-long, four-nation tour will be to convince Asian partners that Washington is serious about its promised strategic "pivot" towards the region, while at the same time not harming U.S. ties with China, the world's second-biggest economy. More »

  • Conservative group drops image of Obama from ad 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents whose children were killed in a Colorado theater shooting on Wednesday demanded a conservative group stop running ads featuring an image of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall visiting a hospital where other victims were recovering. More »

  • Obama seeks to reassure partners on Asia trip
    Obama seeks to reassure partners on Asia trip 23 hours ago

    Islands at centre of China-Japan row are covered by US-Japan defence alliance, US president says as he leaves for Tokyo. More »

  • Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip
    Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    US President Barack Obama dined on sushi Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he described as the best in his life on Wednesday, a fitting start to an Asian tour dedicated to "rebalancing" US foreign policy toward Asia. More »

  • Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant
    Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence. More »

  • Why Texas Republicans may want to cool the anti-Obama land-grab talk
    Why Texas Republicans may want to cool the anti-Obama land-grab talk Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), the GOP candidate for governor, released a letter politely notifying the Bureau of Land Management that he is "deeply concerned" about reports that the BLM plans to "swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations." At issue is some amount of acreage — Abbott says 90,000 acres, BLM says 140 — along the Texas side of the border with Oklahoma, delineated by the Red River. The BLM is currently updating its resource management plan for Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, deciding what will be done with the public lands under its management (it could sell the land, open or close it to public use, or let ranchers graze cattle on it, for example). As part of that process, BLM is looking to clarify who owns certain areas of property along the Red River. More »