**One Dead in Afghan 'Insider' Attack **
British military officials say one of their soldiers has been killed in Afghanistan by a suspected member of the Afghan National Army.
Britain's Ministry of Defense said Tuesday the attacker turned his gun on international troops at a base in southern Helmand province and opened fire. Local officials say several other British troops were wounded in the attack.
The NATO command in Afghanistan says the killing Monday is the latest suspected incidence of what officials call "insider attacks."
"Insider" attacks have been on the on the rise in Afghanistan, leaving more than 60 foreign troops dead in 2012.
Monday's attack also came as Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai and U.S. President Barack Obama prepared to meet in Washington later in the week for talks on the long-term security agreement between the two nations.
Security in Afghanistan is of rising concern as U.S. and international forces draw down their troops. Most NATO troops are set to depart Afghanistan by 2014. Some U.S. forces are scheduled to remain after that, but details have yet to be worked out.
**Japan Summons Chinese Ambassador about Island Dispute**
Japan has summoned the Chinese ambassador to protest the presence of government ships near contested islands, as a simmering territorial dispute continues to hamper relations between the two Asian powers.
Tokyo's foreign ministry lodged a "strong protest" against China on Tuesday, during a meeting between senior diplomatic officials, and demanded that Beijing stop sending vessels to the Japan-administered islands.
Japan says four Chinese maritime surveillance ships entered the area around the resource-rich archipelago on Monday and remained there for 13 hours. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga called the move "extremely unusual" and "regrettable."
In recent months, China has repeatedly sent ships to the disputed waters in what some analysts say is Beijing's attempt to establish the fact that it can come and go as it pleases.