Several members of Congress have added language to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act aimed at better preparing the Pentagon to assess and confront Chinese military expansion and its implications for potential threats to Taiwan. via Pentagon Ordered to Better Track Threats to Taiwan | DoD Buzz.
The United States is redirecting $10 million in Pentagon spending to help France fight terrorists in northern Africa. via Obama redirects $10M to help fight terrorists in Africa.
South Africa’s ex-President Thabo Mbeki has called for a boycott of Israeli goods to show solidarity with Palestinians. The public should mobilise against Israel so that it “does pay a price for the position that it is taking”, Mr Mbeki said in the capital, Pretoria. via BBC News – Gaza
The killings of at least 817 people by Egyptian security forces last year probably amount to a crime against humanity, Human Rights Watch says. A report by the US-based group says 1,000 or more people probably died in one day around Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. The deaths came during demonstrations broken
European shares fell on Tuesday, throwing a rally in the U.S. and Asia into reverse, and the euro dipped toward nine-month lows against the dollar as reports a Russian aid convoy was heading to Ukraine ratcheted up tension between Kiev and Moscow. via European stocks fall back as Ukraine tension
Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are “difficult”, Palestinian delegates said on Tuesday, while an Israeli official said no progress had been made so far. As a 72-hour ceasefire held for a second day, Palestinian negotiators began talks with Egyptian intelligence after a meeting on
Libya’s new parliament agreed on Tuesday that the next president would be elected by a popular vote as lawmakers sought to overcome a confrontation between two armed factions. Western partners hope the new parliament will open space for negotiations between rival militias and their political backers and return Libya to
RAF planes have dropped a second round of aid to refugees trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq. Two consignments were dropped over Mount Sinjar on Monday night, the Department for International Development said. They come as RAF Tornado jets are being sent for possible use in aid operations, after
Two Brazilian companies have made a $611m (£363m) bid for US banana group Chiquita. Juice maker Cutrale and conglomerate Safra have offered $13 a share, a 29% premium to Chiquita’s closing share price on Friday. Chiquita shares jumped 31% in New York after the bid was announced. via BBC News
Venezuela says it has deployed 17,000 troops along its border with Colombia, which was closed on Monday for the first time as part of an anti-smuggling operation. Up to 40% of goods Venezuela subsidises for its domestic market are smuggled to Colombia, where they are sold at much higher prices,