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US President Barack Obama Thursday told a press conference in Japan that islands at the centre of a bitter territorial dispute with China are covered by a defence treaty that would oblige Washington to act if they were attacked. "Article five (of the US-Japan security treaty) covers all territories under Japan's administration including (the) Senkaku islands," he said. "We do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally, and what is a consistent part of the alliance is that the treaty covers all territories administered by Japan. Obama said during the meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the two men agreed to continue deepening security cooperation, and to working through the thorny problem of the huge US military presence in Okinawa, which is resented by many locals.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea.