Japan: Stabbings aftermath
TOKYO As mourners, some weeping, piled Japanese comics, flowers and other mementos at the scene of a deadly stabbing rampage, the government Monday sought to impose tighter controls over large knives and provide better security in public places.
News that the attacker had posted Internet messages saying he intended to kill people in the Akihabara district, the heart of Tokyo's comic book and youth culture, added to the shock as Japan struggled to make sense of the violence, which left seven people dead and 10 wounded.
"It's unbelievable that things like this are happening in our country," said 19-year-old Tsutsumo Hirano, who attended high school with one of the victims, paying respects at the makeshift memorial.
Tomohiro Kato, 25, a temporary worker at a factory outside Tokyo, was splattered with blood when he was arrested Sunday during the lunchtime attack in the crowded shopping district.
France: Fuel cost pinches navy
PARIS The French navy canceled three summer missions Monday because of soaring fuel prices including a counternarcotics exercise off the U.S. coast.
The ripple effects of spiraling fuel prices are also being felt in Spain, where truckers and fishermen are striking in protest.
The most significant of the canceled missions involves a training exercise off the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. The French ship De Grasse was slated to sail alongside U.S. vessels in an exercise to train for preventing drug-trafficking.
Israel: Soldier sends letter
JERUSALEM The parents of an Israeli soldier who is being held by Hamas-allied militants received a letter from him Monday, delivered by representatives of former President Jimmy Carter.
Cpl. Gilad Schalit was abducted near the Gaza border almost two years ago. He has not been seen since, but a recording of his voice and two letters he wrote have been released.
Hamas handed over the letter as part of a promise it gave Carter during a meeting in April.
The Carter Center said the letter arrived at its Ramallah office on Sunday and was delivered to Schalit's parents.
Jordan: Ambassador to Iraq
AMMAN Jordan says it will dispatch an ambassador to Iraq, following the lead of other Arab nations.
State Minister for Information Nasser Judeh told reporters Monday the ambassador will take up his post in Baghdad "in the near future." He declined to divulge the exact date or identify the envoy.
Jordan has a diplomatic mission in Baghdad run by a charge d'affairs. It named an ambassador to Iraq nearly two years ago, but he never assumed his duties because of security concerns.
Myanmar: Copters bring aid
YANGON U.N. helicopters loaded with relief supplies reached areas of Myanmar's Irrawaddy delta Monday that have been cut off from regular aid since a devastating cyclone five weeks ago, an official said.
Four of the five aircraft that arrived over the weekend got to work shuttling emergency supplies like rice and water purification systems to villages around the hardest-hit towns of Bogale and Labutta, said Paul Risley, a U.N. World Food Program spokesman.
A total of four flights flew Monday to seven locations in the delta, and six more sites were expected to be reached Tuesday, he said.