North Korea fired three short-range missiles yesterday as it showcased its military ambitions in defiance of international sanctions and diplomatic efforts to convince the totalitarian state to return to talks.
Encarnacion Rivas, an 89-year-old Venezuelan retiree, had to traipse around a half-dozen stores in Caracas on her search for toilet paper as dollar shortages in South America’s biggest oil producer reduce supplies of imported goods.
The premium traders in Asia are paying for the earliest deliveries of fuel oil is poised to slide from an eight-month high as Europe floods the region with excess supplies and Chinese refinery demand wanes.
An aide to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met a senior North Korean party official in Pyongyang, raising the possibility of an easing in regional tensions after months of threats from the totalitarian state.
China ordered local authorities to tighten scrutiny of the production and sale of fake meat products, the official Xinhua News Agency reported today, citing the State Council’s Food Safety Commission Office.
China’s gasoline output fell to the lowest level in six months in April as refineries shut processing units for maintenance. Production of diesel and natural gas declined from March while crude was little changed.
Under pressure from lawmakers and journalism groups for the Justice Department’s subpoena of reporters’ telephone records, the Obama administration sought to revive a bill to help journalists protect confidential sources.