**China Fires Regulatory Official Involved in Corruption Probe**
Chinese state media say the Communist Party has fired the head of a commission that regulates state-owned companies, just days after announcing he was being investigated for corruption.
The Xinhua news agency said Tuesday Jiang Jiemin was removed as head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission for "suspected serious disciplinary violations." In China, the charge almost always refers to corruption.
On Sunday, Xinhua said Jiang was being investigated for alleged graft linked to the state-run China National Petroleum Corp., where the 57-year-old had formerly been a chairman.
President Xi Jinping has pledged to get tough on the widespread corruption within the Communist Party. So far, his widely publicized graft crackdown has netted mostly lower level officials.
There are signs, however, the party could be targeting some within in its senior ranks. Last week, several reports said Beijing has opened a corruption probe into retired politician Zhou Yongkang, who until last year was one of the country's elite leaders.
** US Officials Press Case for Syria Strike**
President Barack Obama's top diplomat and defense officials are set to testify before a Senate panel Tuesday on his request to authorize U.S. military action in Syria.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey are all due to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Mr. Obama has said he wants congressional approval before launching a military strike on Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons against civilians.
White House officials are continuing to hold closed-door sessions briefing lawmakers in a bid to rally support for Mr. Obama's plan.
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham said they were encouraged after meeting with the president on Monday, but that they want to see some changes to the proposal. McCain expressed the need to weaken Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's capabilities while upgrading those of the rebels opposing him.