Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will finally square off with top rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday in the party’s first debate of the 2016 campaign as she seeks to prove she is the candidate to beat. Clinton will take center stage in Las Vegas with Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont who has drawn huge crowds on the campaign trail, and three other hopefuls seeking to make their mark with a national audience. The spotlight therefore is likely to be on Clinton and Sanders.
By David Brunnstrom BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ash Carter met their Australian counterparts in Boston on Tuesday to discuss expanded cooperation in the South China Sea and possible U.S. patrols within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands built by China. China has claimed most of the South China Sea and last week its foreign ministry warned that Beijing would not stand for violations of its territorial waters in the name of freedom of navigation. A senior U.S. official said the issue of patrols would be discussed at the meeting.
By Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - When British finance minister George Osborne told Chinese students his daughter studied Mandarin during a visit to Beijing in 2013, it was a clear personal bid to heal strained ties. Fast forward two years and Osborne's revelation and his dogged pursuit of better ties have hit the mark, helping to attract billions of pounds in potential investment to Britain in what China calls a "golden time" in relations. A visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to London next week will be in much the same spirit, with officials keen to embrace a much friendlier relationship with Britain which, they say, trumps ties with other Western countries.
Senior officials of Japan and China agreed on Tuesday to pursue high-level dialogue to mend frayed relations, a Japanese government official said. Sino-Japanese ties, long plagued by conflicting claims to an East China Sea group of islands and by the legacy of Japan's World War Two aggression against China, have thawed somewhat since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in November 2014.
In this photo by Sakchai Lalit, a Thai worker lights giant candles at Sung Heng Ye Chinese temple in Bangkok to mark the beginning of the Vegetarian Festival. Worshippers refrain from eating animal products during the nine-day festival, and also may donate candles to temples, wear white clothing and set off fireworks. It has origins in the Thai-Chinese community, and food sellers often offer special vegetable dishes during this time of the year.
By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Morgan Tolley is a third generation crab processor working on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, but he's worried that his industry may be under threat as more and more young people shun the traditional family-oriented trade. The A.E. Phillips crab picking house Tolley manages in Fishing Creek, Maryland, relies on crabs harvested by the "watermen" of the Bay. A shrinking workforce on the water is just one threat to the Chesapeake Bay's iconic blue crab fisheries.
From a camera-enabled collar dubbed the "smartphone" for dogs to a calorie-counting "smart cup", health and lifestyle technology is at the forefront of what's on show at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair this week. The growing popularity of smartphones and tablets has created a mini-industry of app-enabled products, while consumer interest in health has led to a boom in the development of "wearable technology". The bi-annual event, where electronics firms bring their designs and technology to market, traditionally attracts tens of thousands of buyers.
BRUSSELS (AP) — At the sixth time of asking, British-based brewer SABMiller accepted "in principle" Tuesday a 69 billion-pound ($106 billion) takeover offer from Belgian-Brazilian Anheuser Busch InBev that will create the world's biggest beer company and bring together top U.S. brands Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft.
A South Korean man believed cured of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been rediagnosed with the deadly virus, health officials said on Tuesday. The diagnosis deals a blow to Seoul's hopes of being declared free of a disease that has infected 186 people in South Korea, killing 36 of them, since its outbreak in May. World Health Organization standards call for a four-week waiting period after the last MERS patient fully recovers before an outbreak can be said definitively to be over.
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao announced in New York Monday that he was "80 to 90 percent healed" from a shoulder operation and expected to return to training within weeks. Pacquiao had surgery on May 7 to repair a tear to his right rotator cuff sustained in a unanimous points defeat against American Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas just a few days earlier. Pacquiao announced last week he would likely retire next year after one last fight to focus on his career in politics, and is in talks with Mayweather and Britain's Amir Khan on who will be his last opponent.