N Korea Tension
France is planning to start withdrawing its troops from Mali later this month. This follows the intervention in January aimed at driving out Islamist militants who had taken the north of the country. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA, France is trying to reassure Mali that the pullout is not premature.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes his first trip to Asia next week, where talks in Beijing are expected to focus on an increasingly-aggressive North Korea and on territorial disputes in the South China Sea. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on how some of China's maritime rivals are pursuing their claims.