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Diaoyutais 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance: Obama
The islands at the center of a corrosive row between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the U.S.-Japan defense alliance, Barack Obama told a newspaper ahead of his arrival in Tokyo Wednesday.
 

Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the lost Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned soon to bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean.
More powerful sonar likely next step in jet search

 

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Wednesday the purchase of 58 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters costing AU$12.4 billion (US$11.6 billion) in a major defense upgrade to maintain Australia's regional edge.
 

Firebrand anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal accused his rivals in India's elections on Wednesday of selling out to big business by accepting hundreds of millions of dollars to bankroll their campaigns.
 

Rebels shot dead two village heads and another man in Indian Kashmir, police said Tuesday, casting a shadow on the next round of India's marathon general elections slated for later this week.
 

Thousands of mourners Wednesday attended the funeral of Win Tin, a giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom.
 

Hong Kong and the Philippines announced Wednesday they had resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal.
Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

 

A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear.
Ferry turned further than 3rd mate ordered: maritime professor

 

Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to submit her defense against allegations of abuse of power which could see her removed from office.
 

President Barack Obama—for the first time as an incumbent U.S. president—clearly stated the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture are subject to Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, in a written reply to questions submitted by The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Obama: Senkakus 'within scope' of U.S.-Japan treaty

 
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