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Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan

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TOKYO - 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. | Video

U.S. steps up trade pressure on Japan ahead of Obama visit

TOKYO - The United States put last-minute pressure on Japan to compromise in tough trade talks on Wednesday, shortly before President Barack Obama was to arrive for a state visit.

Politics, Japan 5:47am EDT

Obama and Abe to huddle at venerable Tokyo sushi counter

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are due to have dinner on Wednesday, bumping elbows at the counter of a tiny basement sushi restaurant run by an octogenarian chef.

World, Politics, Japan 5:18am EDT

Asia tensions simmer as Obama set to arrive in Tokyo

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in a tense Asian region on Wednesday, faced with the delicate task of assuring Japan and other regional allies of America's commitment to their defense without hurting Washington's vital ties with a rising China.

Japan, Politics 22 Apr 2014

Satellites show North Korea nuclear test unlikely: think tank

SEOUL - North Korea is unlikely to be ready to stage a nuclear test timed to coincide with U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Asia, a respected think tank said on Wednesday based on its assessment of satellite imagery.

Asia tensions simmer as Obama set to arrive in Tokyo

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in a tense Asian region on Wednesday, faced with the delicate task of assuring Japan and other regional allies of America's commitment to their defense without hurting Washington's vital ties with a rising China.

U.S. official responsible for reforming Medicare is leaving post

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the departure of the top health official responsible for reforming Medicare under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law.

22 Apr 2014

Exclusive: U.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10,000 troops

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces - as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matter say.

Afghanistan, World 21 Apr 2014

Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base

WASHINGTON - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.

20 Apr 2014

Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug

NEW YORK - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday.

Politics, Tech, Media 19 Apr 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.

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Hagel begins first trip to Latin America as U.S. defense chief

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ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday his first trip to Latin America as Pentagon chief would add "muscle and sinew" to growing North American defense ties and highlight the importance of helping partner nations improve their militaries.