US, Mongolia Bolster Military Ties during Hagel Visit
The United States and Mongolia are bolstering military ties under a deal signed in Ulan Bator by Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel.
The Mongolian capital is the last stop on the defense secretary's 10-day Asia tour, which has also included visits in China and Japan.
Under the "joint vision statement" signed Thursday, the United States will provide expanded military training and assistance to Mongolia.
The U.S. currently provides about $3 million in military sales and training to the Asian country, which borders China and Russia.
Hagel's stop included visits with senior Mongolian officials, as well as soldiers who have served alongside U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
21 People Injured in US School Stabbing
Police in (the eastern U.S. state of) Pennsylvania have identified and charged a 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing and slashing 20 fellow students and a security guard at a high school.
Authorities say Alex Hribal was being charged as an adult with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault following the Wednesday morning attack in Murrysville, 24 kilometers east of Pittsburgh.
Officials say Hribal, armed with two knives, went on the rampage just minutes before the start of classes at 1,200-student Franklin Regional High School. An assistant principal finally tackled the boy and disarmed him. They also say a police officer handcuffed the suspect.
A hospital spokesman says four victims appear to have life-threatening injuries, but are expected to survive. Seven victims are listed in serious condition with wounds to their torso, abdomen, chest or back.