China urges North Korea to accept nuclear inspectors
The Chinese government is pressing North Korea to live up to suggestions it has reportedly made to New Mexico governor Bill Richardson this week, and accept the return of nuclear inspectors.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu.
"North Korea has the right to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes. But at the same time, it must accept the International Atomic Energy Agency inspections and we hope that related issues will be handled in the framework of the six-party talks."
Jiang also contends that the current situation highlights the necessity and urgency of emergency consultations among the heads of the six-party delegations.
The Chinese government has been pressing for both the resumption of the 6-way discussions, on top of an emergency meeting of its lead negotiators to try to calm the tensions on the peninsula.
Mainland, Taiwan sign agreement on medical, health cooperation
Top negotiators on cross-Strait affairs of the Chinese mainland and Taiwan have agreed to continue discussing an investment protection agreement at the next round of talks scheduled for next year.
The mainland's chief negotiator on cross-Strait ties, Chen Yunlin, and his Taiwan counterpart Chiang Pin-kung have also agreed to "actively" negotiate commodity and service trade, dispute settlement and economic cooperation, among other topics in the future.
Also during yesterday's talks the two sides signed an agreement to cooperate on medical and health care.
New Start nuclear arms treaty 'headed for ratification'
The New START nuclear treaty between the United States and Russia has cleared a key procedural hurdle in the US Senate, and now looks set to be ratified.
The Senate has voted 67-28 to end the debate on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and move it to a vote.
The treaty, which is designed to cut the strategic atomic weapons deployed by each country to no more than 15-hundred and-50 within seven years, was signed by US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in April.
Russia, India seal defense deals
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed nuclear and defense agreements worth billions of dollars as part of a two-day visit to India.
Medvedev's meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has seen 30 agreements signed in the areas of defense, nuclear and space.
The two countries have also signed agreements to set up two more nuclear reactors in India.
But the centerpiece deal is the long-awaited signing of the agreement for the joint production of a fifth-generation fighter.
Kenya bus explosion caused by Tanzanian with grenade
Investigations are showing that a bomb explosion at a bus station in Kenya's capital of Nairobi was caused by a grenade, carried by a man believed to be Tanzanian.
The explosion killed 3, including the attacker, and wounded 39 others.
Meanwhile, Ugandan police are suggested that the al-Qaeda-linked group in Somalia, al-Shabab, may be linked to the attack.
China raises gasoline, diesel prices amid inflation pressure
The price of petrol and diesel across China is, once again, on the rise.
Today marks the second increase in fuel prices in just two months, after the National Development and Reform Commission raised the price of gasoline in October.
The increase will raise the retail price at the pumps by 0.23 yuan per litre for regular, while diesel will go up by 0.26 yuan per litre.
In the last two months, international oil prices have increased by more than eight-percent.
Cote d'Ivoire's Gbagbo insists he is president, lifts curfew: media
A nightly curfew imposed by the forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo in Cote d'Ivoire has now been lifted.
Gbagbo, the incumbent President who is refusing to relinquish power after last month's elections, has also used his control of Cote d'Ivoire's state television to broadcast a message contending that he remains the president of the country.
Gbagbo and opposition leader Alassane Ouattra have both declared victory in the late-November vote, and have both sworn themselves in as president - creating a political impasse which is potentially threatening to reignite a civil war in the West African Country.
Major quake hits Ogasawara Islands in Pacific, tsunami warning issued
A tsunami warning has been issued because of a strong earthquake which has rattled a set of Islands in the Western Pacific.
The 7.4 magnitude quake has hit in the Ogasa-wara Islands chain in the Pacific.
The quake hit this morning at a shallow depth of only 10 kilometers under Chichijima, which is a Japanese-claimed island about 1-thousand kilometers south of Tokyo.
So far there have been no reports of damage or injuries.