South China Sea – Philippines seeks stronger U.S. commitment


*+-by Manuel Mogato (Reuters) The Philippines is seeking a “stronger commitment” from the United States to help its ally, the defense minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every […]

South China Sea – Maritime Build-up Accelerates

China Buildup South China Sea

*+-(Reuters) Southeast Asian nations are prioritizing spending on their navies and coastguards amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, but as their capabilities grow, so does the risk that any confrontation in the contested waterway will be harder to contain.  Annual defense spending in Southeast Asia is projected to reach $52 billion by 2020, […]

Possible Criminal Charges In California Oil Spill


*+-BY TIM REID (Reuters)Government prosecutors are investigating the company at the center of the Santa Barbra oil spill in California for possible criminal sanctions, according to the district attorney of Santa Barbara – a city that helped spawn the modern environmental movement. Perhaps one of the worst places on Earth for a crude oil leak, Santa […]

Santa Barbara – Spill May Hamper Big California Oil Projects


*+-by Rory Carroll May 22, San Francisco (Reuters) Hundreds of barrels of oil that gushed from a ruptured coastal pipeline in scenic California this week could stiffen opposition to large oil projects that companies want to build in the state, notably those to deliver cheap U.S. crude on trains. Several proposed oil-by-rail offloading terminals in […]

Five Tunisian Migrants Die In Wreck


*+-By Jonathan Saul London, May 22 (Reuters) by Tarek Amara (Reuters) At least five Tunisian migrants died on Saturday when their boat sailing to Italy capsized off the Tunisian coast, officials said. “A migrant boat carrying dozens capsized on Saturday off the coast of Monastir … Naval forces rescued 49 Tunisian migrants and recovered five […]

Iran Aid Ship Docks in Djibouti Without Incident

Iran Shahed cargo ship (c)

*+-An Iranian aid ship docked on Friday in Djibouti, where its cargo will be inspected by the United Nations before being moved to conflict-torn Yemen, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported.