24 April 2014 Last updated at 10:09

Japan pact 'covers disputed islands'US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following a bilateral press conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on 24 April 2014

US President Barack Obama restates support for Japan over disputed islands but warns that dialogue - not escalation - is the way forward.


The Baosteel Emotion, a 226,434 deadweight-tonne ore carrier owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, is docked at the port of Maji Island, south of Shanghai on 22 April, 2014China releases Japanese cargo ship

China has released a Japanese cargo ship it seized over a war-time debt, a court statement says, after the Japanese firm paid compensation.

An ambulance carrying victims of the shooting leaves through the gate of the Cure hospital in Kabul US medics killed in Kabul attack

Three American medical staff are shot dead by a security guard at a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say.

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