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  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton aims to reassert American interests in the face of China's growing influence and calm rising tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

    In this Aug. 6, 2012 file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Johannesburg, South Africa. Clinton will try to reassert American interests in the Asia-Pacific region in the face of China's growing influence as she kicks off a six-nation trip to the region.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 1:30 AM EST
  • Delegates are seen, prior to the start of the Non-Aligned Movement ministers meeting in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

    The gathering could highlight Iran's limits and liabilities in the region and world.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2012, 5:00 PM EST
  • A electronic stock price board shows the 7.45 percent nosedive of Samsung Electronics Co. share price, to 1,180,000 won (US$1,039.65 ), at a bank in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Asian markets drifted lower Monday in early trading as Apple's court victory in a high-stakes patent dispute sent shares of Samsung Electronics and its affiliates into a tailspin.


    Stock markets retreated Tuesday due to global worries about the impact of the eurozone debt crisis and as investors awaited a key speech by the U.S. central bank chief.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2012, 2:30 PM EST
  • A further sign of continuing economic weakness adds to pressure on Beijing to drive a sluggish recovery, though it can do little to influence external demand.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2012, 1:30 PM EST
  • TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The few hundred protesters gathered under rainy skies in a park about a half-mile from the GOP convention on Sunday said an impending hurricane that is supposed to dump heavy rains on Tampa won't deter them from trying to get out their message that America needs to change, especially for the middle class.

    Giant blocks of ice spelling out the words "middle class" are melting on a warm, sticky day. Occupy protesters say it represents the melting away of the middle class in America.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2012, 12:30 PM EST
  • Apple Inc and Foxconn have improved work and safety conditions at the Chinese factories that make most of the world's iPads and iPhones, but the auditors they enlisted to monitor the process warned that the toughest tasks lay ahead.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT