Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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BEIJING - An uneasy handshake today between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked the first meeting between the two men since either took power, and an awkward first gesture toward easing two years of high tensions.

As the two men approached each other, stern-faced, to shake hands in front of cameras, Mr. Abe briefly tried to say something to Mr. Xi, who gave no response and turned away, appearing distinctly uncomfortable, to fix his gaze toward the cameras for the rest of the handshake.

Their meeting afterward in a closed room at Beijing's Great Hall of the People lasted just 30 minutes, but that they met at all gave some hope that the two countries could smooth the friction in talks arranged on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

The spat between China and Japan over uninhabited East China Sea islands and other contentious issues has raised concerns of a military confrontation between Asia's two largest economies, which could draw the U.S. into the fray alongside ally Japan.


JERUSALEM - Assailants stabbed several Israelis today, killing a young woman at a bus stop in the West Bank and gravely wounding an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv, the latest in an ongoing wave of Arab violence that has put the country on edge.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a harsh response to the violence, saying he will use all means available - and consider taking even tougher steps, to stop the unrest. And in a veiled threat toward Arab demonstrators in Israel and east Jerusalem, he said attackers should consider moving to the West Bank or Gaza Strip.

Mr. Netanyahu spoke after the soldier was stabbed at a crowded train station by a suspected Palestinian assailant in Tel Aviv, but before the deadly attack outside the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut.

Police said the assailant stepped out of a car at a bus stop in front of the settlement, then stabbed three people before he was shot by a security guard. Police said a woman in her mid-20s was killed. The attacker was in serious condition.

In the Tel Aviv attack, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the suspect was from the West Bank city of Nablus, traveling in Israel without a permit, and was captured immediately after the stabbing.


AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands commemorated the victims of Malaysian Airline Flight MH17 today, with no end in sight for the probe into the disaster almost four months after the July 17 crash.

More than 1,600 relatives of the victims from the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia and other nations gathered at the RAI convention center in Amsterdam. King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima and members of the Dutch Cabinet attended as well as Prime Minister Mark Rutte. …

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