KOREA NUCLEAR TEST: China is urging the U.N. Security Council to send North Korea a clear message that its reported nuclear test was wrong, but Beijing is still not supporting harsh sanctions against the regime. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman (Liu Jianchao) said today (Thursday) the sanctions should encourage a peaceful resolution of the North Korean standoff. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (John Bolton) is to formally introduce a draft resolution to the Security Council later today (Thursday), demanding that Pyongyang eliminate its nuclear weapons program.
IRAN NUCLEAR: A senior U.S. official says Washington is seeking
immediate U.N. sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program, now that North Korea's apparent nuclear test has rallied support for such penalties. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns told the privately-funded Council on Foreign Relations in New York Wednesday, there is no alternative but sanctions against Iran, following Tehran's rejection of a U.S.-European diplomatic initiative to resolve the dispute.
INDONESIA-BALI ANNIVERSARY: Mourners have gathered on the Indonesian island of Bali to mark the fourth anniversary of the terrorist bombings that ripped through two nightclubs, killing 202 people. Friends and family paid tribute to the victims today (Thursday) at the Jimbaran beach resort area, where one of the bombs exploded in 2002 Indonesian families shared stories of the relatives they lost and the Australian ambassador paid tribute to the 88 Australians who died in the attack.
CHINA-RUSSIA-POWER: Chinese state media say
Chinese and Russian companies have agreed to build a series of power plants in far eastern Russia to supply electricity to northeastern China. The China Daily newspaper says the agreement was reached by Chinese power producer State Grid Corporation and Russian power monopoly Unified Energy System (U.E.S.).
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