TOKYO (AP) - Japan's nuclear watchdog formally approved a set of new safety requirements for atomic power plants on Wednesday, paving the way for the reopening of facilities shut down since the Fukushima disaster in a move critics charged was too hasty.
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese president Xi Jinping and UN chief Ban Ki Moon on Wednesday discussed the Korean peninsula and Syria, state media reported, as Mr Ban's visit to Beijing was overshadowed by a deadly attack on a UN compound in Somalia.
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A Pakistani girl was killed on Wednesday when Indian troops opened fire across the de facto border that divides disputed Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed rivals, officials said.
BEIJING (REUTERS) - North Korea is willing to resolve the dispute over its nuclear programme peacefully through talks, including returning to stalled six-party talks process, China's Foreign Ministry cited a senior North Korean diplomat as saying on Wednesday.
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has completed a monitoring scheme in restive Tibet that requires all telephone and internet users to register under their real names, state media said on Wednesday, as part of a campaign to crack down on what officials describe as rumours.