Kerry presses NKorea over nuke disarmament
China launches EU wine dumping investigation
Hollande: US spying threatens free-trade talks
Nearly 300 Afghan security forces killed in month

Kerry presses NKorea over nuke disarmament
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stepped up pressure Monday on North Korea to give up its atomic weapons program, saying key regional powers, including North Korean ally China, are all “absolutely united” in demanding nuclear disarmament.

China launches EU wine dumping investigation
China says it has launched a formal investigation into claims that European Union countries are selling wine at unfairly low prices, as a prolonged dispute over Chinese solar power products continues to affect trade relations.

Hollande: US spying threatens free-trade talks
French President Francois Hollande demanded on Monday that the United States immediately stop its alleged eavesdropping on European Union diplomats and suggested that the widening surveillance scandal could derail free-trade negotiations worth billions.

Nearly 300 Afghan security forces killed in month
Insurgents killed nearly 300 Afghan police and soldiers in the span of a month, the Interior Ministry said Monday, as casualties continue to mount among local forces now that NATO-led coalition troops have handed over responsibility for combat operations.

UN urges Asia to ditch punitive laws to fight AIDS
U.N. health officials are urging Asian governments to get rid of what they say are punitive laws that hinder the battle against HIV and AIDS by discriminating against high-risk groups and deterring them from seeking treatment.

Putin: Snowden must stop leaking secrets to stay
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Monday that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia, but he believes that Snowden has no intention of doing so.

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