**Obama-Abe Meeting to Focus on Security, Economic Issues**
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to discuss regional security and economic issues when he meets Friday with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.
White House officials say the first meeting between the two leaders will begin in the Oval Office, where Japan's tension with China over a territorial dispute and North Korea's latest nuclear test are expected to top the agenda.
A lunch meeting is then expected to focus on economic ties between the world's first and third biggest economies. Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership - a U.S.-led free-trade group - is expected to be discussed.
Mr. Abe, who arrived in Washington Thursday, began his second turn as prime minister in December. He campaigned in part on a pledge of closer relations with the United States amid perceived threats from China's territorial claims.
The Japanese prime minister on Friday morning was attending a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for thousands of veterans.
Ahead of his visit, Mr. Abe sparked controversy in an interview with The Washington Post, where he accused China of using its state-run school system to encourage anti-Japan sentiment.
The prime minister said China has a "deeply ingrained" need for conflict with Japan and its other neighbors. He says Beijing uses the disputes to maintain strong domestic support, warning they will not be resolved soon.
China rejected the comments.
**India Blast Death Toll Climbs to 16 **
India's home minister says the government will "make all efforts" to apprehend those responsible for the blasts in Hyderabad that killed 16 people and wounded more than 100.
Sushil Kumar Shinde told parliament Friday "the perpetrators and masterminds" behind the explosions will be "punished as per the law."
Earlier Friday, Shinde told reporters there had been a general alert for the entire country for the past three days about the possibility of an attack somewhere in India. But he said there was no intelligence about a specific place.
Indian police say they were warned a year ago about a possible attack in Hyderabad.
Police officials said Friday two suspected militants belonging to the Indian Mujahideen revealed during an interrogation last year that they had done a reconnaissance of the Dil Sukh district of Hyderabad, the same area where the blasts occurred minutes apart Thursday evening. Officials say the bombs were attached to two bicycles about 150 meters apart.
There has been no claim of responsibility.