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  • FILE - This April 17, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. During his upcoming trip to Asia, the president and the region's leaders will be keeping close watch on the Russian troops amassed on Ukraine's border and the status of a tenuous diplomatic deal aimed at keeping those forces at bay. In Asia, the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis is being viewed through the prism of the region's own territorial disputes China. Japan and the Philippines _ two of the four countries Obama will visit _ are locked in tense disputes with Beijing over islands in the South and East China Seas and will be seeking reassurances that the U.S. would back them if the conflicts boiled over. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

  • President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 18, 2014, where he presented the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team. The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    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.

  • 4th US Navy official charged in bribery scheme

    A fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified information.

  • A Chinese clerk counts U.S. dollars in exchange for Chinese renminbi at a Hefei, China, bank. (Associated Press)

    U.S. Treasury warns China on currency

    In unusually pointed language, the U.S. Treasury on Tuesday warned China and Japan that it is closely watching them out of concern they may be intentionally depreciating their currencies to gain an advantage in trade with U.S. competitors.

  • FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Japan's Yuto Nagatomo plays during their Asian zone Group B qualifying soccer match against Australia for the 2014 World Cup at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, near Tokyo. Japan, which reached the knockout stage in 2010 at the World Cup in South Africa outperformed Australia in qualifying to claim 17 points from eight games. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    5 Japan players to watch at the World Cup

    Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa will be called on to play key roles as Japan attempts to reach the next level at the World Cup.

  • FILE - In this June 15, 2013, file photo, Japan head coach Alberto Zaccheroni from Italy gestures during the opening match between Brazil and Japan in group A of the soccer Confederations Cup at the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil. Coach Alberto Zaccheroni promised to "surprise the world" after star player Keisuke Honda fired the Samurai Blue through with an injury time penalty against Australia. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    Will Zaccheroni be the right man for Japan?

    When hiring Alberto Zaccheroni, the Japan Football Association was convinced the Italian coach's calm demeanor and European know-how was the perfect combination to take the national team to the next level at the World Cup.

  • FILE - In this June 15, 2013, file photo, Japan head coach Alberto Zaccheroni from Italy gestures during the opening match between Brazil and Japan in group A of the soccer Confederations Cup at the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil. Coach Alberto Zaccheroni promised to "surprise the world" after star player Keisuke Honda fired the Samurai Blue through with an injury time penalty against Australia.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    Honda, Kagawa will need to step up for Japan

    Keisuke Honda senses a growing confidence within the Japan team, and expects it will translate into results at the World Cup.

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan prior to their meeting at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands

    The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel telling his Chinese counterparts they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.

  • Fukushima children start school, flee radiation

    The 12-year-old girl didn't want to leave her younger brother, and her grandparents didn't want her to go away. But a family living near the "no-go zone" surrounding Japan's destroyed nuclear plant has other things to consider.

  • Accompanied by Commander of U.S. Force Japan Lt. Gen. Salvatore "Sam" Angelella, second from left, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, walks on the tarmac of the Yokota Air Base, Japan, prior to his departure for Qingdao, China, Monday, April 7, 2014. Hagel is currently on his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel tours China's new aircraft carrier

    The United States' campaign to encourage China to be more open about its military growth and intentions got a symbolic boost Monday with a tour for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel of the country's first aircraft carrier, but efforts to get the Asian giant to be more transparent about cyberattacks and other defense operations has been less successful.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera participate in a joint news conference at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters Sunday April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel announced that the U.S. is planning to forward-deploy two additional AEGIS ballistic missile defense ships to Japan by 2017.  (AP Photo/Alex Wong/POOL)

    US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter NKorea

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.

  • Czech Republic overpowers Japan in Davis Cup

    Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely won their reverse singles on Sunday as the Czech Republic completed a 5-0 sweep of Japan in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, speaks during a meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel is visiting Japan, China and Mongolia, his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, POOL)

    Hagel to tour China's new aircraft carrier

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to get a rare tour Monday of China's first aircraft carrier, becoming the first foreign visitor to go aboard the ship.

  • Accompanied by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, left, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, reviews honor guards at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel is visiting Japan, China and Mongolia. It is his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office.  (AP Photo/Alex Wong, POOL)

    U.S. sending 2 warships to Japan to counter North Korea

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to members of a travel press pool, Friday, April 4, 2014, en route to Tokyo, from Honolulu. Hagel is en route to Japan, China and Mongolia. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel: US strongly committed to protecting Japan

    Against the backdrop of Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean region, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday he will convey to Japanese leaders that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting their country's security.

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