As China rises and the dollar falls, the US ally seeks more independence, but not less security, from America. Tokyo is the first stop on the president's Asia tour.
In a rare interview, Eritrea's president Isaias Afwerki denies helping Islamic militants in Somalia, and says his country doesn't need elections.
South Korea accused North Korea of entering its waters and ignoring warning shots, charges the North denies.
A South Korean ship fired on a North Korean vessel after it says the North's ship crossed into the South's waters. The exchange ratchets up tensions before US President Obama's Asia visit, scheduled for mid-November.
North Korea's Kim Jong-il was reportedly "enraged" by TV commercials for beer, quail, and ginseng that he thought echoed China's early moves toward market reforms.
Burma (Myanmar) should take steps toward reform such as allowing Aung San Suu Kyi to enter 2010 elections, says US diplomat after a rare visit.
As head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei says the world has not done well in preventing nuclear proliferation. But ElBaradei has high hopes for the Obama administration.
North Korea said Tuesday that it has reprocessed 8,000 nuclear fuel rods – perhaps enough to build another nuclear bomb. US officials say this was a violation of North Korea's commitments to nuclear disarmament talks.
North Korea's announcement that it had processed more nuclear weapons fuel for use in another atomic weapon is seen as an attempt to reinforce its demand that the US engage in bilaterial disarmament talks.
Their latest defiance will undermine his grand goal. He must act more forcefully.