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Oct 10, 2013

India’s central bank chief says country is not in crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – India’s central bank chief on Thursday said his country is not nearly as troubled as investors fear and stressed that the government has plenty of money to meet its obligations.

“There is no way we are close to being a country in financial or economic crisis,” Raghuram Rajan, governor of the Reserve Bank of India, said while in the U.S. capital to attend the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting.

Sep 29, 2013

India, Pakistan leaders say they want better ties but reach no concrete agreements

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, agreed on Sunday to work to restore a cross-border ceasefire after a spate of shootings in order to improve strained ties, officials said.

Singh and Sharif met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, amid heightened tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors over the Kashmir region, sparked by series of fatal clashes on their de facto Himalayan border.

Sep 28, 2013

On eve of meeting, India raps Pakistan on cross-border attacks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the United Nations on Saturday that neighboring Pakistan is the “epicenter of terrorism in our region,” setting the stage for a tense meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Singh and Sharif are set to meet on Sunday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, amid heightened tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors over Kashmir sparked by series of fatal clashes on their de facto Himalayan border.

Sep 27, 2013

Japan’s Abe says no concessions, but no escalation in islet spat with China

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Japan will make no concessions on sovereignty over Pacific islets also claimed by China, but will not make any moves to escalate the situation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday.

Tokyo is locked in a territorial dispute with Beijing over a group of East China Sea islets, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. They have become a theater for cat-and-mouse operations by patrol vessels from both sides.

Sep 24, 2013

Exclusive – U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to sign Arms Trade Treaty – diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a move that puts the Obama administration at odds with the American gun lobby, will sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty regulating the $70 billion international trade in conventional arms, diplomats from two countries said at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The diplomats said Kerry would sign the treaty on Wednesday on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Sep 24, 2013

Exclusive: Secretary of State Kerry to sign Arms Trade Treaty – diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a move that puts the Obama administration at odds with the American gun lobby, will sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty regulating the $70 billion international trade in conventional arms, diplomats from two countries said at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The diplomats said Kerry would sign the treaty on Wednesday on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Sep 12, 2013

U.S. scolds North Korea on Yongbyon nuclear reactor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States scolded North Korea on Thursday over reports indicating the reclusive nation has restarted a plutonium-producing nuclear reactor, emphasizing that such a move would violate U.N. Security Council resolutions.

U.S. officials in Washington and traveling in Asia, however, stopped short of confirming reports by two U.S. think tanks that steam rising over North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex indicated a reactor that was moth balled in 2007 was back in operation.

Sep 11, 2013

Satellite image suggests N.Korea has restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor – U.S. group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Satellite imagery suggests that North Korea has restarted a research reactor capable of producing plutonium for weapons at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, a U.S. research institute said on Wednesday.

U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said a satellite image from August 31 shows white steam rising from a building near the hall that houses the plutonium production reactor’s steam turbines and electric generators.

Sep 11, 2013

Satellite image suggests North Korea has restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor: U.S. group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Satellite imagery suggests that North Korea has restarted a research reactor capable of producing plutonium for weapons at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, a U.S. research institute said on Wednesday.

U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said a satellite image from August 31 shows white steam rising from a building near the hall that houses the plutonium production reactor’s steam turbines and electric generators.

Sep 6, 2013

U.S. tightens embassy security in Lebanon and Turkey, warns Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States tightened security at diplomatic missions in Lebanon and Turkey on Friday because of potential threats, ordering personnel out of Lebanon and offering to evacuate those in Adana in southeastern Turkey.

The State Department also warned U.S. citizens against traveling in Lebanon and southeastern Turkey and urged Americans in the rest of Turkey “to be alert to the potential for violence.”