Kerry joins foreign ministers from Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya for South Sudan Talks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Ethiopia for talks Thursday with the Ethiopian, Ugandan and Kenyan foreign ministers about halting the conflict in neighboring South Sudan.
Kerry arrived late Wednesday in Addis Ababa, where a senior State Department official has said the secretary will deliver "tough messages" for both the South Sudanese government and rebels.
The United States has threatened travel and financial sanctions on those responsible for violence that has displaced more than a million people.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Wednesday that Kerry will use his multi-stop trip in Africa to discuss a range of issues and initiatives, including the U.S. program to help those with HIV and AIDS.
China, Russia to Hold Naval Drills in East China Sea
China says it will hold joint naval exercises with Russia later this month in the East China Sea, where Beijing is involved in a territorial dispute with Japan.
A statement by China's Defense Ministry said the "regular exercises" would begin in late May off the coast of Shanghai, well north of the disputed area.
China and Japan have a longstanding quarrel over a series of uninhabited islands that are surrounded by vast natural resources and strategic shipping lanes.
The dispute worsened in 2012 after Japan purchased some of the islands. China responded by increasing patrols, challenging Tokyo's control of the area.
China also declared an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea. But Japan and the U.S. have ignored Beijing's demands that all foreign aircraft identify themselves before entering the zone.