News in Brief
South Korea expands air defence zone
In a move that is certain to anger China, South Korea has expanded its air defense zone to include an area claimed by both countries.
Last month, China declared an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea and declared that planes flying through it needed to file flight plans. The Chinese zone covers a disputed submerged rock in the Yellow Sea, known by Korea as Ieodo and by China as Suyan.
IAEA visits Iran Arak nuke site
UN inspectors visited Arak Iranian plant yesterday linked to a planned heavy-water reactor that could yield nuclear bomb fuel, taking up an initial offer by Tehran to open its disputed nuclear programme up to greater scrutiny.
It was the first time in more than two years that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had been allowed to go to the Arak heavy water production plant, which is designed to supply a research reactor under construction nearby.
Baghdad area bombings kill 35
A wave of bombings mostly targeting Shia areas in and around Baghdad killed at least 35 people yesterday, sources said, as surging violence spurs concerns Iraq is falling back into all-out conflict.
Violence in Iraq this year has killed more than 6,300 people, AFP figures show.