Lawyers for Attorney General Eric Holder and a House committee said they will discuss settling a lawsuit to enforce congressional subpoenas probing the Justice Department's Operation Fast and Furious program. The lawsuit against Holder brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee stems from the panel's investigation into so-called gun walking, which allowed illegal gun purchases in the United States to proceed in an effort to link the weapons to Mexican gangs. Holder, citing executive privilege, has refused to give lawmakers some material.Ethics Committee opens probe of Grimm
The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation of Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., but will defer to the ongoing Justice Department probe of his fundraising activities. The panel, voting unanimously, said it would look into allegations that in his first congressional bid, in 2010, Grimm broke campaign finance laws by using a system of straw donors and that he promised an Israeli national help with obtaining a green card in exchange for soliciting donations.
At least five Tibetans have set fire to themselves in recent days to protest Chinese rule in Tibetan regions and 15 were being treated for injuries after security forces cracked down on a large protest in western China, according to reports by Radio Free Asia and Free Tibet, an advocacy group. More than 1,000 Tibetans, mostly students and teachers, took to the streets to demand equal rights for ethnic minorities and the freedom to study and use the Tibetan language.
With fresh satellite images showing increasing activity at its launch site, North Korea could be ready to fire a long-range rocket within several weeks, South Korean officials said. The assessment followed the release of an image that showed people, trucks and fuel tanks at the Sohae launch site, in North Korea's northwestern corner. The activity, DigitalGlobe said on its website, is consistent with preparations in the weeks before Pyongyang's long-range blast in April.
Two of the most senior figures at the BBC said there had been "basic" and "elementary" failures of the organization's journalism when it wrongly implicated a former Conservative Party politician in sexual abuse, compounding a scandal that cost the BBC's director-general his job and plunged the organization deeper into crisis. But one of them, Chris Patten, the head of the supervisory BBC Trust, offered an unusually insistent defense of the former director-general, George Entwistle, who had been labeled hapless and bumbling by many politicians and newspaper columnists.
Workers have raised the first section of a colossal arch-shaped structure that eventually will cover the exploded nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl power station. Project officials hailed the raising as a significant step in a complex effort to clean up the consequences of the 1986 explosion, the world's worst nuclear accident. Upon completion, the shelter will be moved on tracks over the building containing the destroyed reactor, allowing work to begin on dismantling the reactor and disposing of radioactive waste.
Thousands of workers stormed the locked gates of Europe's largest steel plant after the company halted production and said that a court ruling warning of serious environmental problems would force it to shut down. The developments at the Ilva plant, in the southern city of Taranto, came after a court on Monday ordered the plant's steel seized, claiming that pollutants resulting from production have driven up cancer rates in the area.