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China Breaks Off Talks as Row with Japan Escalates

China has suspended top-level exchanges with Japan, as the row about the detention of a Chinese ship captain deepened Monday. The break-off of ministerial and provincial-level contacts follows a weekend of small anti-Japanese protests in Chinaand has pushed already tense relations to a new low.

China suspended ministerial meetings with Japan, Monday, as the rift about the detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain arrested after a ship collision near disputed islands escalates.

Russia: Missile Tests to Resume Within Weeks

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov says tests are set to resume this month on a submarine-launched ballistic missile that has failed repeatedly in earlier trials.

A Candid Talk with Allen West

A Candid Talk with Allen West
by James Simpson
DC Independent Examiner

Freelance writing doesn’t pay much, but a compensating benefit is the opportunity one finds to meet and speak with really interesting people. Congressional candidate Lt. Col. Allen West (USA, Ret.) is one such person, and I interviewed him for this article recently.

The Bay of Pigs-An Anniversary of Heroism and Shame

"Freedom is our goal!" roared commander Pepe San Roman to the men assembled before him 49 years ago this week. "Cuba is our cause! God is on our side! On to victory!"

UN Delays Congo 'Genocide' Report

The United Nations human rights office says it will delay a report that accuses Rwandan troops of committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the 1990s.

Yellow Sea Venue for Rival War Games

The Yellow Sea is again the setting for naval war games. China has started a four-day artillery exercise in waters off Qingdao. The United States and South Korea are to hold joint drills in the same waters in a few days.

Zimbabwe Party Leaders, Security Chiefs Sued by Former Detainees

Human-rights activist Jestina Mukoko and 17 others are suing some of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's closest colleagues for $22 million, claiming they were kidnapped, tortured and illegally detained in 2008.

Analysts See Burma Military 'Juggernaut' Heading to Elections in November

Analysts say Burma's recent military reorganization and political moves are aimed at ensuring the country's armed forces retain power after November 7 elections. Analysts say Burma's military is fashioning its power base along similar lines to Indonesia under former President Suharto in the 1960s.

South African Miners to Join Strike Next Week

South African miners say they will join public service workers on strike for one day next week in a show of solidarity if the government refuses to increase pay.