WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday accused China of raising tensions by blocking two Philippines vessels as it urged freedom of navigation in the tense South China Sea.
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Senate on Wednesday approved Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin to be the No. 2 official at the Treasury Department, backing a critic of Wall Street to help coordinate an overhaul of financial regulations.
LONDON/BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - The European Parliament on Wednesday backed a law to curb the use of "super" greenhouse gases used in fridges and air conditioners, which have a global warming potential thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide.
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Two New York buildings collapsed on Wednesday in an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak, killing at least two people, injuring at least 18, and setting off a search for anyone trapped in the debris, officials said.
WARSAW (AFP) - A long-awaited political accord between Ukraine and the European Union could be signed as early as next week at a summit in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.