US President Barack Obama has reiterated his commitment to the defence of Japan and its territories, including the disputed Senkaku islands which are claimed by Japan and China.
During a state visit to Japan, Mr Obama reaffirmed that existing US defence treaties with Japan would be honoured, but urged peaceful dialogue with China over the islands, called Diaoyu in Chinese.
More top news
Actor Dustin Diamond allegedly stabbed a man in a bar in the US after getting into an argument on Christmas Day.
Over the next 24 hours we are going to see snow and ice across many parts, although it is looking calmer from Sunday onwards.
A young grey seal found in a farmer's field on Monday is making progress say RSPCA staff. He's thought to have a head injury.