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Obama backs Japan in islands row with China

The US president has reiterated that islands at the centre of a Sino-Japanese dispute are covered by a US-Japan defence pact, in a public show of support for allies in Tokyo.

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China frees Japanese cargo ship in $28m deal

China has released a Japanese cargo ship after its owners paid $28m to settle a pre-war debt, a court has said.

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Obama seeks to reassure partners on Asia trip

The islands at the centre of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the US-Japan defence alliance, Barack Obama has told a newspaper in advance of his arrival in the Japanese capital.

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Pirates plunder oil tanker off Malaysia coast

Armed pirates have raided a Singapore-owned oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia, taking three crew members and pumping millions of litres of diesel fuel over several hours.

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S Korea ferry crew forced to explain actions

Crew members detained over South Korea's ferry disaster have said  they had done their best to launch life rafts, and one suggested possible technical reasons for the ship capsizing.

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N Korea urged to stop new nuclear tests

The US has urged North Korea not to threaten regional peace by conducting new nuclear tests, saying it is monitoring the Korean peninsula because of Pyongyang's history of taking "provocative actions".

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South Korea ferry death toll reaches 108

The official death toll from the South Korean capsized ferry has now reached 108, according to the South Korean coast guard.

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Japanese MPs visit controversial war shrine

Nearly 150 Japanese politicians have paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honours the nation's war dead including a number of senior military and political figures convicted of war crimes after World War II.

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Thai parties fail to agree on new elections

PM Yingluck Shinawatra has been embroiled in accusations of corruption and may be ordered to step down [Reuters]Thailand's political impasse has been met with continued obstacles after talks called by the country's Election Commission (EC) to draw a roadmap towards elections ended with no breakthrough after the opposition withdrew at the last minute.

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S Korea ferry disaster 'tantamount to murder'

The South Korean president has said that the behaviour of the captain and crew of the capsized ferry with 476 people on board was unacceptable and "tantamount to murder".

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