In a burst of bipartisanship, the Republican-controlled Senate put President Barack Obama’s trade agenda back on course on Thursday, clearing the way for likely approval within days of legislation allowing the administration to negotiate global deals that Congress could support or reject but not change.
A new global study shows prevalence of diabetes has climbed steeply since 1980, and the number of cases worldwide is much higher than shown in previous estimates. Continue reading
The earthquake off Japan’s northeastern coast sparked a massive tsunami that kept people along the Pacific Rim on high alert for large waves. Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. mainland braced for damage as the tsunami traveled across the Pacific. Spencer Michels reports from California on the tsunami’s impact on the West Coast. Continue reading
During a visit to Asia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed the alliance between Japan and the U.S., despite an ongoing feud over an airbase in Okinawa. GlobalPost reporter Sonia Narang reports from Japan on the recent protests over the marine base. Continue reading
President Obama kicked off a nine-day trip to Asia on Friday with a visit to Japan, where the newly elected prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, is seeking a more “equal partnership” with the U.S. and the closing of an unpopular Marine base in Okinawa. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
President Bush on Tuesday created three new marine protected areas in the Pacific Ocean, safeguarding more than 195,000 square miles of coral reefs, underwater volcanoes, rare fish and unique habitats. Continue reading
In the next six years, the population of the U.S. Territory of Guam is expected to explode by 25 percent as the American military redeploys thousands of its forces from Japan to the tiny Pacific Ocean island. The more than $15 billion project is expected to fuel the economy, but also threatens to strain its infrastructure and threaten its tourism industry. Catherine Norton reports for the Online NewsHour. Continue reading