Here are today’s top stories on the U.S. from around the world.
Speak loudly and carry a big steak
The U.S. and Russia have reverted to a form of semi-Cold War over the last few months. Russia’s decision to ban Americans from adopting children was headline news. But Russia also announced a lower profile ban on American beef, saying the U.S. cattle industry used a dangerous feed additive that’s also prohibited in the EU. (The U.S. says the decision, which also includes pork and turkey, was politically motivated.)
Now Moscow restaurants are struggling to find replacements for all that prime rib, according to an article in The Moscow Times. Despite its all-American name, one steakhouse, Uncle Sam’s Cafe, has turned to Australian beef, which is more expensive. “[But] most of the guests are upset because they favor American beef,” another worried restaurant manager explained.
Chinese ♥ New York
World Journal, a daily Chinese newspaper serving the Chinese community in North America, reports that Chinese immigrants are the biggest source of newcomers to New York. Chinese have the most cases before New York’s Immigration court with 17,198.
The report cited the latest data from TRAC, a government watchdog organization based at Syracuse University. The data show that Chinese make up 36 percent of the total cases in New York Immigration Court. The next most common nationalities were Ecuador (2,948), El Salvador (2,725), Mexico (2,417) and India (1,718).
According to the Annual Report on Chinese International Migration, China was the largest source of outbound immigrants in the world in 2012. More than 150,000 Chinese got overseas citizenship and over 87,000 of them emigrated to the U.S.
On the rocks
The U.S. Navy could be facing a hefty fine levied by the Philippines. On January 17, the USS Guardian ran aground and sank on Tubbataha, a coral reef listed as a UN World Heritage site. As Lebanon’s Daily Star reports, the navy decided that the most economical decision was to scrap the $277-million vessel.
Meanwhile, Filipinos are ticked off not only at the damage to the reef, but also the fact that the damage was done by a former colonial power. The final pieces of the boat will be removed in the next few days.