- - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BEIJING — Chinese patrol boats confronted Japanese vessels near a disputed East China Sea archipelago early Tuesday, the latest in a series of such encounters after Tokyo’s nationalization of the islands last month.

Four ships from China Marine Surveillance entered waters near the islands at 10 a.m., according to a statement from the State Oceanic Administration, which commands the service.

The ships conducted surveillance on the Japanese Coast Guard vessels in the area, “sternly expressed” China’s sovereignty claim over the islands and “carried out expulsion measures,” the administration said.

Japanese coast guard spokesman Yuji Kito said ships from both countries flashed signs saying they were in their own territorial waters and demanding that the other side leave.


Austerity vote delayed amid warnings of ‘chaos’

ATHENS — Greece’s coalition government will delay a vote on major austerity measures by another week, warning Tuesday that financial “chaos” would erupt if a deal is not reached.

Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told reporters that the austerity measures, worth $17.4 billion, would be submitted to parliament next week, as the three parties in government continue to disagree about savings demanded by international bailout lenders.

Mr. Stournaras denied local media reports that the bill could be broken up to ease objections by a left-wing junior coalition partner.

Greece’s bailout creditors want the austerity package passed if they are to hand over more loans that Greece needs to avoid bankruptcy.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, a conservative, is at odds with the Democratic Left party, a coalition partner that is threatening to vote against the austerity measures unless labor reform provisions are scrapped.

Mr. Samaras formed a coalition with the traditional rival Socialists and the Democratic Left after general elections in June.


Budget cuts may move police from New Scotland Yard

LONDON — It’s not in Scotland, and it’s missing a front yard. But anyone who has read a Sherlock Holmes novel can tell you that Scotland Yard equals London police.

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