Beijing adopts new smog emergency measures
Japan delaying cleanup of towns near nuclear plant
8 Filipino troops killed in land mine attacks
Kerry: Syrian groups still weighing negotiations

Beijing adopts new smog emergency measures
Beijing is seeking to tame the spikes in its infamous smog by preparing emergency measures such as factory shutdowns and traffic limits to kick in when air pollution levels are especially heavy.

Japan delaying cleanup of towns near nuclear plant
Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima’s damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule, so some residents will have to wait a few more years before returning, Japanese officials said Monday.

8 Filipino troops killed in land mine attacks
Communist rebels attacked Philippine troops twice with land mines and gunfire Monday, killing at least eight soldiers and militiamen and wounding four others in the country’s south, officials said.

Kerry: Syrian groups still weighing negotiations
Moderate opposition leaders seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad from power have not yet committed to negotiations to create a new government, America’s top diplomat said Tuesday, casting new doubt on flagging hopes to end the civil war as quickly as possible.

Norway freezes aid to South Korean climate group
The Norwegian government has frozen its donations to a South Korea-based environmental organization after reports emerged its chairman spent huge sums on flights and food.

Egypt: Attack in Sinai kills soldier, civilian
Insurgents ambushed an army convoy in northern Sinai early Tuesday killing a soldier and a civilian, the local government and the military said, the latest in a rising wave of attacks in Egypt’s volatile peninsula.

Facebook works to warn users about violent content
Facebook announced Tuesday it was working on new ways to keep users from stumbling across gruesome content on its website following an outcry over the discovery of beheading videos there.

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