The investigation of a fire and explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 14 people hasn’t pinpointed the cause, which may include a faulty golf cart, the facility’s electrical system or an intentional act.
This week’s decision by the Arctic Council, led by the eight nations with Arctic territory, to accept China, India, Japan and three other countries as new observers points to the region’s growing importance. It’s also a sharp reminder of the need for the U.S., the council’s biggest player, to do more to prevent a destabilizing Great Game from unfolding at the top of the world.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Stockholm for meetings with Swedish leaders before traveling to the northern reaches of the country for a meeting on the sweeping climate changes affecting the Arctic.
Japan, China and South Korea are seeking to expand their influence in the Arctic as melting ice caused by global warming offers potentially lucrative access to resources and shipping shortcuts in the region.
An earthquake hit the south of Iran near the Strait of Hormuz this morning, 100 miles east-southeast of Bandar Abbas. Iranian seismologists confirmed the tremor, according to the state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency.