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China worked to calm nerves Tuesday among Asian neighbors jittery over its recent attempts to assert greater control over disputed waters, while the United States, China's rival, stressed its national interest in keeping those seas free for commerce.
"An international group of actors' unions, including [the Screen Actors Guild], has warned members not to work on 'The Hobbit' because of failed efforts to organize the film's New Zealand production — a move Peter Jackson disparages as a 'power grab,'" writes Josh Dickey at the Wrap.
No sooner did Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggest from the rostrum of the United Nations General Assembly that most of the world believes the U.S. government was involved in a Sept. 11, 2001, conspiracy than 32 nations followed the U.S. delegation as it walked out. These were members of NATO and/or the European Union (21 countries are members of both), Australia, New Zealand and Costa Rica. More important, 167 nations didn't budge and went on listening to the Iranian's incendiary speech.
Military officials say an investigation is under way after two U.S. Navy helicopters dipped temporarily into the waters of Lake Tahoe, before righting themselves and landing at a nearby airport.
Only 24 of several dozen pilot whales stranded on a remote northern New Zealand beach survived a stormy first night ashore despite rescuers' desperate efforts to save them, officials said Thursday.
India's efforts to outshine the Beijing Summer Olympics with next month's Commonwealth Games are foundering under unsanitary quarters, construction delays, a record monsoon and an outbreak of dengue fever.
A footbridge being built near the main stadium for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi collapsed Tuesday, injuring 23 construction workers and putting the event in further jeopardy less than two weeks before the opening ceremony.