Here are today’s top reads about the U.S. from the global press.
On the trail of Benghazi killers
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released images of three men wanted for questioning in connection with the deadly attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya last year. “We are seeking information about three individuals who were on the grounds of the US Special Mission when it was attacked. These individuals may be able to provide information to help in the investigation,” read the FBI statement according to a story by the Agence France-Press.
The men all appear to be carrying weapons. It is not clear what their involvement was with the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Tensions rising in Bolivia
Bolivia’s left-wing President Evo Morales has expelled a U.S. government aid agency from his country after Secretary of State John Kerry called Bolivia part of the U.S.’s “backyard.” The Buenos Aires Herald reports that Morales has long threatened to kick out the United States Agency for International Development, which he has accused of funding opposition groups.
“The United States does not lack institutions that continue to conspire and that’s why I am using this gathering to announce that we have decided to expel USAID from Bolivia,” Morales told a crowd outside the presidential palace in La Paz. Kerry had earlier remarked in testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs that “the Western Hemisphere is our backyard. It’s critical to us.”
China warns U.S. over disputed islands
China’s new ambassador to the U.S. has told President Barack Obama “not to drop a stone on its feet” as China and Japan continue to feud over the disputed Diaoyu islands. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently reaffirmed the U.S. stance that the uninhabited islands in the South China Sea belong to Japan. It was the first time Cui Tiankai has spoken about the islands since his appointment as ambassador last month, according to The South China Morning Post.
“Cui is sending a warning to the U.S. that Washington may get short-term gains if it contains China with Japan, but eventually it will lose,” an international relations expert told the SCMP. “China is telling the U.S. that it will not just sit and do nothing.”