CLINTON - RUSSIA: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Russian counterpart are
both urging Iran to cooperate with the international community over its
Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke to reporters
Tuesday in Moscow after lengthy talks in Moscow, where the top U.S.
diplomat is holding two-days of meetings.
Lavrov says imposing sanctions against Tehran at this stage would be
"counterproductive." Clinton said the U.S. is not seeking further
sanctions at this stage. She also praised Russia for being "extremely
cooperative" in the effort to convince Iran to prove it is not seeking
to build nuclear weapons.
US - AFGHANISTAN: A major U.S. newspaper says President Barack Obama has authorized the
deployment of at least 13,000 additional support troops to Afghanistan.The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Pentagon is
deploying the 13,000 new troops in addition to the 21,000 extra combat
soldiers approved by Mr. Obama in March. Officials stress that the
latest deployment is made up of support troops, such as engineers,
medical personnel and intelligence experts, rather than combat troops.
Pentagon officials say the increase of support troops in Afghanistan
should not come as a surprise.
KOREAS TALKS: South Korean officials say North Korea has accepted a proposal to hold
talks this week on flood prevention and arranging more family reunions.
The talks come despite North Korea's test launch on Monday of a series of short-range missiles.
A spokeswoman for the South Korean Unification Ministry says
Pyongyang's launch of at least five short-range missiles did not affect
Tuesday's agreement to hold talks this week.
The ministry says that on Wednesday the two sides will discuss a flood
incident in September that killed six South Koreans camping and fishing
along a cross-border river.
CHINA - RUSSIA: Russia and China signed agreements Tuesday worth $3.5 billion as they looked to boost energy, political and military ties.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov told reporters in
Beijing that the deals between Chinese and Russian businesses included
two $500 million loans - one from the Agricultural Bank of China to
Russia's second biggest lender VTB and the other from the China
Development Bank to its Russian equivalent VEB.
Zhukov says the two have yet to reach an agreement on energy, but adds that talks are continuing.
AUSTRALIA - INDONESIA: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday that he had
telephoned Indonesia's president to raise concerns about increasing
numbers of asylum seekers heading for Australia.
Mr. Rudd says he told Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Saturday about intelligence reports that had pinpointed a boat carrying
260 Sri Lankans headed for Australia through the Sunda Strait.
Following Mr. Rudd's call, an Indonesian warship intercepted the vessel Sunday.
Mr. Rudd said Jakarta is a key ally in Australia's attempts to curb illegal migration.
ISRAEL - REPORT: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will never allow
its soldiers and military leaders to be put on trial for war crimes in
connection with the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Mr. Netanyahu gave a fiery speech Monday at the start of the parliament
session. He condemned a recent report from a United Nations panel
headed by former war crimes prosecutor Richard Goldstone.
That report accuses Israeli forces of committing war crimes by using
disproportionate force and by targeting civilians during a 22-day
assault on militants in the Gaza Strip.
SWINE FLU - WHO: The World Health Organization says it will begin shipping millions of
doses of the swine flu vaccine to poorer countries, possibly as early
WHO vaccine chief Marie-Paule Kieny says about 100 countries will
receive donations of the vaccine. She told reporters in Geneva Monday
that one primary goal is to protect
health care workers in poorer countries against the virus to help
ensure they do not become ill and, as a result, are unable to treat
patients. Meanwhile, European Commission members met Monday in
they discussed strategies to help member countries that have not
secured sufficient stocks of the swine flu vaccine.
CHINA - WEALTH: Car battery tycoon Wang Chuanfu topped a new list of China's 1,000 richest people that was released Tuesday.
Most of the super-wealthy on the Hurun Rich List made their fortunes in the property and stock markets.
Wang is the founder of rechargeable battery and electric car maker BYD. He moved up 102 places to top the rich list this year.
Wang's company BYD is the first Chinese company to launch mass production of a plug-in hybrid electric car.
His company has won the financial backing of U.S. billionaire investor
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