The Brief

JAPAN-US-DIPLMACY

Obama Vows to Defend Japan

The President has said for the first time he would defend Japan if disputed islands claimed by both Japan and China come under attack

South Korean Ferry

Ferry Disaster: Litany of Errors

Prosecutors have raided the offices and home of the Sewol's reclusive owner, seeking answers to a tragedy that has so far claimed 171 lives

Three Americans Killed in Kabul Hospital Attack

Three American doctors were killed by an Afghan policeman at the Cure International Hospital on Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul has confirmed. The suspected shooter, newly assigned to guard the hospital, was wounded and is being held and treated

Venture capitalist Tom Wheeler in announced to head the Federal Communication Commission at the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, May 1, 2013.

Open-Internet Advocates Cry Foul on Planned Rules

Internet service providers could strike special deals with Internet companies like Netflix or Skype for preferential treatment, under proposals by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, violating the ideal of equal access for all consumers

Daryl Cura demonstrates an e-cigarette at Vape store in Chicago, April 23, 2014.

FDA to Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

The Food and Drug Administration plans to announce rules that include requiring the markers of e-cigarettes and other tobacco-related products to register their ingredients in the next two years, marking a first step toward national regulation

Meg Ryan attends Taormina Filmfest 2013 2013 at Teatro Antico on June 20, 2013 in Taormina, Italy.

Meg Ryan to Voice Mother In How I Met Your Dad

The How I Met Your Mother spinoff to be told from the mother's point-of-view has picked a narrator in rom-com veteran Meg Ryan of When Harry Met Sally fame. Her role will mirror that of Bob Saget from the original CBS series, and yes, she will actually be named Sally

A pro-Russia activist hangs a flag of the so-called "People's Republic of Donetsk" on the regional administration building seized by separatists as armed men in military fatigues guard the premises in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 21, 2014.

U.S.: Further Sanctions on Russia Are Possible

Tension between the U.S. and Russia continues to escalate as President Obama says new sanctions could be days away and Moscow claims the U.S. is fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, where state buildings in several towns have been seized by pro-Russian separatists

Bluefin-21

Sub Search for Missing Jet Nearly Done

A U.S.-made Bluefin-21 submarine has nearly finished combing the southern Indian Ocean far west of Australia where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is thought to have crashed 48 days ago, but no wreckage from the missing plane has yet been spotted

Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner

Death Row Inmates Won't Know Source of Lethal Drugs

Oklahoma death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner (pictured) had petitioned for the public naming of the manufacturer of drugs to be used in their executions, but a court has found against them and they could face execution as early as next week

Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis Welcome Baby Otis

The blockbuster actress-comedian duo who have been engaged since January 2013 announced the birth of their son together with a humorous tweet on Wednesday. "Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building! (I'm the building)," she wrote

Mount Everest on Oct. 27, 2011.

Witness Says Avalanche 'Looked Like Big Snake'

American climber Joby Ogwyn was at base camp on Mount Everest when the deadliest avalanche in the mountain's recorded history rolled down the side, killing at least 13 Nepalese Sherpas and sparking resentment over working conditions on expeditions