Kerry Visiting Ukraine as West Considers Russia Sanctions
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is reinforcing U.S. support for Ukraine's sovereignty Tuesday, as he visits Kyiv amid a growing crisis over Russia's military presence in the Ukrainian region of Crimea.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says Kerry is meeting members of the interim government to discuss Ukraine's economic and political needs and see "what additional support" the United States can provide.
The U.S. and its European allies are considering sanctions against Russia for its troops movements into Ukraine.
U.S. President Barack Obama met with Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other members of his national security team Monday night at the White House to discuss policy options.
Earlier Monday, President Obama called on Congress to approve an aid package for the new Ukrainian government.
China Appeals for Int'l Support in 'War Against Terrorism'
China is appealing to the international community for "more understanding and support" in what it describes as its fight against terrorism.
The appeal came after masked attackers armed with swords killed 29 people and injured 130 more at a train station in the southwest city of Kunming.
Fu Ying is a spokeswoman for the National People's Congress, which opens Wednesday amid heavy security in Beijing.
Beijing has blamed the attack on militants from the northwest region, Xinjiang, where the mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority complains of repression by the government.
Unrest involving Uighurs is not uncommon in Xinjiang. The government has for years quickly labeled any such violence - even street riots or shootouts during police raids - as terrorist attacks.