Korean-American Kim takes helm at World Bank
Korean-American physician Jim Yong Kim took over
as the new World Bank chief on Monday, immediately challenged to
ensure the eurozone crisis does not set back global poverty-fighting
Australia, Indonesia boost anti-smuggling efforts
Australia and Indonesia Tuesday agreed to work
more closely to crack down on people-smuggling, with visiting
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono saying his people were victims of
the trade as well.
Iran test-fires ballistic missile able to hit Israel
Iran on Tuesday test-fired in its central desert
a ballistic missile capable of striking Israel as part of war games
designed to show its ability to retaliate if attacked, media said.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard fired the medium-range Shahab-3 missile
at a mock target in the Kavir Desert on the second day of its Great
Prophet 7 exercise, which is due to end on Wednesday, Iran's Al-Alam
television network reported.
Whaling nations defeat proposed Atlantic sanctuary
Japan and its allies shot down a Latin
American-led proposal Monday to create a sanctuary for whales in the
southern Atlantic Ocean, reigniting international tensions over
Tokyo’s whaling. The International Whaling Commission, which has
long been torn by disputes, fell into familiar divisions just hours
after officials opened the main session of their week-long annual
meeting in Panama City.