Hagel has his first US defense talks with Chinese
US trade rep urges Japan progress on auto access
Torrential rains shut down Philippine capital
SKorea, US begin annual joint military drills

Hagel has his first US defense talks with Chinese
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in his first Pentagon meeting with his Chinese counterpart, faces a familiar agenda marked with tensions over U.S. missile defenses, Chinese cyberattacks and other issues.

US trade rep urges Japan progress on auto access
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urges Japan to open its market to American cars and insurance companies, which would pave the way for a broader regional free trade agreement.

Torrential rains shut down Philippine capital
Torrential rains brought the Philippine capital to a standstill Monday, submerging some areas in waist-deep floodwaters and making streets impassable to vehicles while thousands of people across coastal and mountainous northern regions fled to emergency shelters.

SKorea, US begin annual joint military drills
South Korea and the United States are conducting annual military drills that North Korea usually says are a rehearsal for invasion. This year’s Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills occur as signs indicate a tentative easing of tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Fallen Chinese figure Bo goes on trial this week
Bo Xilai, a rising Communist Party star who fell from power last year, will go on trial Thursday on corruption charges, a court announced, putting China’s new leaders on course to wrap up a festering scandal as they try to cement their authority.

Egypt: Court raises possibility of a free Mubarak

Jailed ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could be released later this week, judicial officials said Monday, a move that would fuel the unrest roiling the country after the autocratic leader’s successor was removed in a military coup.

Kodak seeks court approval for reorganization plan
Kodak attorneys asked a federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday to approve its plan to emerge from Chapter 11 protection as a smaller company.

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