Napa wineries may get quake aid

Aug 26, 2014

Napa wineries may get quake aid

The United States’s premier wine-producing region is assessing damage from the strongest earthquake to strike Northern California in 25 years and may receive aid from the federal government. “You have to accumulate data and determine the extent” of the damage, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack ...

Ukraine says Russian aid convoy will be stopped at border

Aug 12, 2014

Ukraine says Russian aid convoy will be stopped at border

A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid headed for eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, but Ukraine said it would deny the mission entry because it has not been certified by the Red Cross and could be a covert military operation. The International ...

Obama seeks bigger Africa role for U.S.

Aug 4, 2014

Obama seeks bigger Africa role for U.S.

Ask Maj.-Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., the top U.S. military officer in Africa, how he thinks U.S. and European-backed African troops are faring in their war on Islamist militants in Somalia, and his answer comes back smartly: “Pretty darn good!” But when “son of ...

Jul 29, 2014

Japan to set up new economic aid programs for Caribbean Community

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to launch new economic aid programs for the 14 member states of the Caribbean Community to continue support for the countries even after Japan’s official development assistance ends. At the first summit meeting between Japan and the ...

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

Jun 24, 2014

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

It is almost 10 a.m., but the barista at this tiny Pacific kingdom’s domestic air terminal has yet to make a single cup of coffee. Molly Fatai says her wages at the cafe have been cut by a third since last year. Flights leaving ...

Apr 29, 2014

Japan to pledge road-construction support in Africa

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will pledge Japan’s support for building a key road connecting four African countries when he joins an international conference on African development to be held in Cameroon on Sunday and Monday, a government source said Tuesday. Kishida will likely announce ...