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U.S. President Barack Obama met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday to try to reassure Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that his real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. (SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA   "As you indicated, the U.S.-Japan alliance is the foundation for, not only our security in the Asia-Pacific region but also for the region as a whole and we have continued to strengthen it.

The search for missing ferry passengers entered its ninth day on Thursday for more than a hundred still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized. The Sewol sank on a routine trip from the port of Incheon, near Seoul, to the southern island of Jeju last Wednesday. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers on a high school outing. Only 174 people have been rescued and the remainders are all presumed to have drowned. The confirmed death toll on Thursday stood at 169 and 133 were still missing.

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have announced a reconciliation deal, saying they will try to form a unity government in the coming weeks. Hamas and Fatah split violently in 2007. Previous reconciliation agreements have never been implemented. The deal comes amid troubled peace talks between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier said Mr Abbas would have to choose between peace with Israel and peace with Hamas. He warned that "You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace; so far he hasn't done so".

Searching Australia team found "unidentified material" on a beach near Augusta, more than (180 miles) south of Perth. The ATSB decided to examine photographs of the material to determine whether it was linked to the search for the missing jet. However, ATSB chief commissioner Martin Dolan said the “unidentified material” was not the debris from MH370. He added that "We want to pursue every possible lead that will help us find MH370”. The Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 when it mysteriously diverted.

Experts have come together in Yangon to discuss possible solutions to maritime issues that affect ASEAN countries with a focus on disputed areas of the South China Sea. Sharon Win tells us more.

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