[World Affairs Overview]
Russia to send two warships to Syrian coast
RUSSIA: Russia is preparing to send two amphibious assault ships to
the Syrian port of Tartus where Moscow operates a strategic naval base,
the Interfax news agency reported on Monday.
“Two major amphibious ships -- The Nikolai Filchenkov and The Tsezar
Kunikov -- are preparing to be dispatched to Tartus outside of their
schedule,” the Russian news agency quoted an unidentified officer from
the Russian naval headquarters as saying. The two ships will carry a
“large” group of marines, Interfax added.
Developed nations must lead in Rio- China
CHINA: China said Monday wealthy countries should take the lead in
tackling climate change, repeating its long-held stance ahead of a
global UN summit on poverty and the environment in Rio de Janeiro.
Premier Wen Jiabao will outline China’s approach when he addresses the
UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio this week, Vice Foreign
Minister Xie Hangsheng told reporters at a briefing in Beijing. “The
development of the green economy will be a long-term and daunting task,
we believe the international community should strengthen cooperation in
this area and avoid shortcomings,” said Xie.
Rock’s patriarch Paul McCartney still going strong at 70
UK: Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney shows no signs of settling back to
reflect on his extraordinary past. Fresh from wowing huge crowds at
Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee concert and with another headline
gig -- the London Olympics opening ceremony -- booked for next month,
retirement looks a way off for the British legend. “If I’m really
enjoying this, why retire?” the most prolific, most
commercially-successful former member of the Beatles told the British
music magazine Mojo last year.