Apr 28, 2015

U.S., Japan announce new defense guidelines for global Japanese role

Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation on Monday, reflecting Japan’s willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea. The first revision to the guidelines ...

Apr 27, 2015

U.S. may ease penalties for those who pay hostage ransoms

U.S. officials are expected to stop prosecuting families of American hostages who communicate with kidnappers abroad or raise funds and pay ransoms, ABC News reported Sunday. A National Counterterrorism Center advisory group, ordered by the White House, is expected to recommend what would mark ...

Apr 26, 2015

Abe jets to U.S. for high-profile summit with Obama

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Japan on Sunday for an eight-day official visit to the United States during which he will hold talks with President Barack Obama to reaffirm their countries’ robust bilateral alliance. One of the highlights of the visit will be his ...

Apr 26, 2015

Russian hackers read Obama emails: report

Emails to and from President Barack Obama were read by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system, The New York Times said Saturday. Earlier this month, U.S. officials admitted there was a cyber “event” late last year ...

No trade breakthrough likely during Abe's U.S. visit: White House

Apr 25, 2015

No trade breakthrough likely during Abe's U.S. visit: White House

The White House on Friday dashed hopes of a breakthrough on U.S.-Japan trade when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Washington next week, further delaying a major 12-nation Pacific trade pact. “We’re not there yet,” said Caroline Atkinson, Obama’s deputy ...