** China'a Economy Set for 'Soft Landing' **
The International Monetary Fund says China's economy is undergoing a "soft landing" as weaker demand for its exports and a rebalancing of domestic priorities affect the country's growth.
In a report Wednesday, the IMF said it expects China's growth to slow to 8 percent this year, and cites the eurozone debt crisis as the main outside risk to the economy.
The report says China has made progress in taming inflation during the past year, especially among food prices.
The IMF advises China to do what it can to meet its growth targets, and to work toward transforming its economy to be more reliant on domestic consumption rather than on exports.
**Clinton: US Increasing Help for Syrian Rebels **
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is increasing its efforts to help Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
Clinton gave no details, but she said Tuesday that the U.S. is giving such non-lethal aid as medical and communications support. She said Washington is working outside of the U.N. Security Council, where Russia and China have vetoed three resolutions that would have taken strong action against the Assad government.
The secretary said the Syrian opposition is seizing control of more and more territory, which she says will eventually become a safe haven and a base for more operations. She said the opposition must be ready to start work on an interim government that protects the rights of all Syrians and safeguards the stockpile of chemical and biological weapons.