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Obama off to Asia again
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama has left for a four-nation tour of Asia, where he will try to convince allies that Washington is committed to its rebalancing in the Pacific.

Security concerns over China's territorial claims and North Korea's nuclear program will be a major focus of Obama's trip, which includes stops in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

The eight-day tour begins in Tokyo late today with a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan is embroiled in a growing dispute with Beijing over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

Ahead of his visit, Obama told Japan's Yomiuri newspaper the United States opposes "any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan's administration of these islands." He also stressed the islands fall under a treaty that requires the U.S. to defend Japan if attacked.

Obama will also try to make progress with Japan on the long-delayed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal. However, many say Japan's reluctance to drop tariffs on agricultural products makes chances of a breakthrough slim.

From Tokyo, President Obama will head to Seoul, where he will talk with South Korean President Park Geun-hye about how to deal with North Korea, which some believe is preparing to conduct another nuclear test.

The South said Tuesday it detected increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site. Pyongyang warned last month it was preparing for a new form of nuclear test.

In Malaysia, Obama will hold talks and attend a state dinner with Prime Minister Najib Razak. He will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Malaysia since Lyndon Johnson traveled there in 1966.

Obama's last stop will be the Philippines, which is also involved in a territorial standoff with China and has deepened its military cooperation with Washington as a result.

This is Obama's fifth visit to Asia since assuming office in 2009. He has promised to make the Pacific region a greater economic, diplomatic, and military priority for the United States.


Australia vows to continue
search for missing jet

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Australia is vowing to continue searching for the missing Malaysian jetliner, as a robotic submarine is about to complete the first phase of its, so far, unsuccessful scan of the Indian Ocean seabed.

The Joint Agency Coordination Center said the "Bluefin-21" underwater drone has completed more than 80 percent of its first full mission without finding any contacts of interest.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said today if the drone fails to locate any debris, authorities will rethink the search. But, he said, the hunt will not be abandoned. He said the families of the 239 people on board the plane deserve to know what happened.

Defense Minister David Johnston, meanwhile, said that more powerful, commercial sonar equipment could soon be deployed to help explore the 4.5-kilometer deep search area.

The search effort is currently focused on a 10-kilometer radius surrounding the spot where authorities heard a signal they believe came from the locator beacon on the plane's flight data recorder. The batteries on the so-called black box recorder have since run out.

On the ocean surface, ships continue to search a wider area for debris. But for the second consecutive day Wednesday, Australian authorities suspended the aerial search because of poor weather conditions.





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