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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.

  • 24 April 2014

China 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.

  • 24 April 2014

Foreigners killed in Kabul attack

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

  • 24 April 2014

Korea ferry disaster school reopens

The South Korean school devastated by the loss of many of its students in a ferry disaster last week starts to hold classes again.

  • 24 April 2014

Modi in Varanasi as Indians vote

Narendra Modi, widely expected to be India's next leader, will submit his election nomination papers as Indians vote in the sixth phase of their poll.

  • 24 April 2014
  • From the section: India

Debris dismissed in plane search

Authorities in Australia say material washed ashore is not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

  • 24 April 2014

Everest Sherpas discuss boycott

Nepal Sherpa guides meet climbers at Everest base camp to decide whether to continue ascents after an avalanche killed 16 of their colleagues.

  • 23 April 2014

Manila and HK resolve hostage row

The Philippines and Hong Kong agree to resolve a row over a 2010 bus hijacking in Manila that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.

  • 23 April 2014

Pakistan TV station in shooting row

Pakistan's biggest news channel should be shut for airing claims the country's spies were behind an attack on a TV presenter, the defence ministry says.

  • 23 April 2014

Myanmar democracy veteran mourned

Hundreds of mourners pay their respects at the funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy veteran Win Tin, who served 19 years in prison for his activism.

  • 23 April 2014

Pirates raid Malacca Straits tanker

Armed pirates raid an oil tanker sailing in the Malacca Straits, stealing diesel and abducting three crew members, officials in Malaysia say.

  • 23 April 2014

Top Gear 'regrets' Myanmar remark

The executive producer of Top Gear expresses regret over a "light-hearted" remark on its Burma special that led to the BBC show being accused of racism.

  • 23 April 2014
  • From the section: Entertainment & Arts