U.S. Fuels Tension by Deploying Warships Near Syria: Russia
(Reuters) Russia criticized the United states on Tuesday for sending warships close to Syria, saying the deployments would exacerbate tension as Washington prepares for a possible military strike.
Manila Accuses China of Sea Violation, Beijing Says Wants Peace
(Reuters) The Philippines accused China on Tuesday of violating an informal code of conduct in the South China Sea by planning new structures on a disputed shoal, as China’s premier told Southeast Asian leaders Beijing was serious about peace.
China Probes Top Official in Latest Anti-Graft Push
(Reuters) China is investigating the head of its state assets regulator, a former top energy executive, for “serious discipline violations”, the government said on Sunday in what appears to be a deepening crackdown on corruption and push for reform.
As Obama Pushes to Punish Syria, Lawmakers Fear Deep U.S. Involvement
(Reuters) President Barack Obama’s efforts to persuade the U.S. Congress to back his plan to attack Syria were met with skepticism on Monday from lawmakers in his own Democratic Party who expressed concern the United States would be dragged into a new Middle East conflict.
Rodman Returns to Pyongyang but Says Won’t Bring Back Jailed American
(Reuters) Flamboyant former basketball star Dennis Rodman will arrive in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a five-day visit to North Korea, his second this year, but said he had no plans to negotiate the release of a jailed American missionary.
Brazil, Mexico Ask U.S. to Explain if NSA Spied on Presidents
(Reuters) Brazil assailed the United States on Monday after new allegations that Washington spied on President Dilma Rousseff, complaining that its sovereignty may have been violated and suggesting that it could call off Rousseff’s planned state visit to the White House next month.
India’s Parliament Passes Cheap Food Law for 800 Million People
(Reuters) India’s upper house of parliament on Monday approved a $20 billion scheme to distribute subsidized wheat and rice to 800 million people, backing an anti-malnutrition drive that investors fear will mean missing the fiscal deficit target.
Japan to fund ice wall to stop reactor leaks
TOKYO (AP)—The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it is funding a costly, untested subterranean ice wall in a desperate step to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after repeated failures by the plant’s operator.