**US Senate Approves New FBI Director**
The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to become the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey.
Senators Monday overwhelmingly supported Comey with a vote of 93-1. He will replace Robert Mueller, who has led the FBI since shortly before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States.
The vote went forward Monday after Republican Senator Rand Paul ended his delaying tactics against the nomination. Paul had been blocking the vote over concerns about the domestic use of drones. He was the only one who voted against confirmation.
Comey, a Republican, served as a deputy attorney general in the previous administration of President George W. Bush.
**China Rules Out High-Level Summit with Japan over Island Dispute**
A Chinese government official denies Beijing and Tokyo are planning high-level talks on a territorial dispute that has strained ties between the two Asian powers.
The unidentified official tells the state-run China Daily any Japanese speculation about such talks is "not true and is fabricated, based on the needs of Japan's domestic politics."
An aide to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday Mr. Abe could hold a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the "not too distant future."
But the Tuesday China Daily report said the aide, Isao Iijima, has not been in contact with Chinese government officials about any such talks.
It comes as Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki wraps up a two-day visit to China.
Prime Minister Abe has also said he hopes to hold high-level talks with China over the territorial dispute, which has sent China-Japan relations plummeting in recent months.