UN EXPERTS PRESS ON IN SYRIA CHEMICAL-ATTACK PROBE
UNITED Nations arms experts yesterday were to begin a second day investigating alleged chemical-weapons strikes in Damascus, after the United States warned Syria's regime that it will face action over the attacks.
The inspectors braved sniper fire on Monday, but managed to gather what the UN called "valuable" evidence from one site of last week's gruesome attacks, in which hundreds are said to have been killed.
A drumbeat towards Western retaliation against Damascus seemed to be getting louder as the US and its allies mulled over military action.
GLITCH HOLDS UP LAUNCH OF JAPAN'S NEXT-GEN ROCKET
JAPAN suspended the launch of its next-generation solid-fuel rocket yesterday just seconds before lift-off, after engineers discovered a technical glitch.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency had planned to launch the Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima, south-western Japan, using just two laptop computers in a pared-down command centre.
ANA TO BUY 49% STAKE IN MYANMAR AIRLINE
JAPAN'S All Nippon Airways (ANA) said yesterday that it would acquire a 49 per cent stake in a Myanmar airline, the latest foray into the rapidly opening and potentially lucrative South-east Asian market.
Foreign firms have piled into Myanmar since the installation of a nominally civilian government in 2011, eager to make the most of opportunities in the fast-changing country, but this is the first move on an airline.