Kerry, Hagel To Visit India To Push Strategic Ties
Kerry, Hagel To Visit India To Push Strategic Ties
AirAsia Plane Carrying 162 Lost; 3rd Malaysia Airline Shock
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America's top diplomat and the head of its Defense Department will visit India in coming weeks seeking to revitalize a relationship the United States sees as a crucial counterbalance in Asia to an increasingly assertive China. Secretary of State John Kerry will represent the United States in an annual session of Strategic Dialogue with India scheduled for July 31st, and he will be followed to New Delhi by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in early August. They will be the most senior U.S. officials to visit India for talks with the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi since his May election.
An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Searchers had to fight against heavy rain. The Malaysia-based carrier's loss comes on top of the still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July over Ukraine. At the Surabaya airport, shocked family members pored over the plane's manifest, crying and embracing when they learned the news. Nearly all the passengers and crew are Indonesians, who are frequent visitors to Singapore, particularly on holidays.
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A 1,800-year-old tombstone was discovered at a Roman cemetery in England this week. Because of its inscription, archaeologists know who was buried in the grave: a 27-year-old woman named Bodica. Neil Holbrook, of Cotswold Archaeology, told Live Science, "It's incredibly rare." For the last two months, Holbrook's team has been excavating a Roman cemetery just outside the ancient city walls of Cirencester, a town in Gloucestershire, to make way for the construction of a new office park.
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