US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday sought to assure lawmakers that the US military would maintain a strong presence in the Middle East to " check Iran's malign influence" despite the nuclear deal.
Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai (third from left) and some 500 guests attend the reception on Tuesday at the Chinese embassy in Washington to mark the 88th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Second from left is US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian Pacific and Security Affairs Kelly Magsamen.
A group of Chinese peace lovers from Yunnan province is on a 35-day tour around the US to honor the Flying Tigers - the American pilots who flew in China's air force against the Japanese - as part of the commemorations of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The White House on Tuesday reiterated its refusal standing to pardon the government information leaker Edward Snowden. Instead, it says, the former contractor should return to the U.S. and "accept the consequences of his actions."
Piers Handling, CEO and Director of the Toronto International Film Festival and artistic director Cameron Bailey announced the first round of titles premiering in the 15 Galas and 34 Special Presentations of the 40th TIFF on July 28 in Toronto.
The boxing film Southpaw, backed by a $30 million production investment from Chinese property developer Wanda Dalian Corp, took in $20 million during its opening weekend at US and international box offices.