MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. and Philippine officials say they will call for a stop to island-building work, military deployments and other aggressive actions that raise tensions in the disputed South China Sea at annual diplomatic meetings in Malaysia this week.
China has opposed any mention of the territorial rifts in the meetings by the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their Asian and Western counterparts. But Washington has said...
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Singapore to talk up an Asia trade agreement that has hit snags in final negotiations.
Kerry arrived in the Southeast Asian city-state Tuesday and is to give a speech highlighting the benefits of the so-called "Trans-Pacific Partnership." He will then travel to Malaysia for a regional security forum at which China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea will likely be a major focus.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The government of Puerto Rico has confirmed that it failed to make a $58 million debt payment that was due Saturday, a significant escalation of the debt crisis facing the U.S. island territory.
Puerto Rican officials had warned on Friday that they would not make the payment because the island legislature failed to appropriate the funds, but they argued it should not be considered a default.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A whale has appeared in a port at one of Buenos Aires' most exclusive neighborhoods, periodically surfacing alongside luxury yachts while attracting hundreds of onlookers.
The whale surfaced Monday afternoon in Puerto Madero, an area of towering office buildings and high-end lofts. In the middle of the neighborhood is a body of water the size of a few square blocks where many residents keep their yachts.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao has signed a deal with several Brazilian universities and research institutes to develop a plan for cleaning up the polluted waters of the city's sewage-strewn Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events will be held.
Pezao on Monday hailed the deal as a "very important step" toward the long-promised cleanup, which has dragged on for more than 20 years with little progress.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A court in Ethiopia has handed jail terms ranging from seven to 22 years against 18 Muslims who were convicted on terror charges, including allegedly attempting to establish a religious government.
The sentencing on Monday attracted outcry from Muslim activists who opposed the trial.
Four of the suspects were sentenced to 22 years in prison, while the rest were given shorter jail terms.