The news does keep on coming, this from The Times of India:
Six Chinese ships sailed into waters around a disputed archipelago on Friday, with Beijing saying they were there for ‘law enforcement’ around islands Japan nationalized earlier this week. The move – dubbed ‘unprecedented’ by Tokyo – came as it was reported Japanese nationals had been physically attacked in China, marking the latest stage in a deteriorating row between Asia’s two biggest economies.
Japanese living in or visiting China were warned to take extra precautions after assaults and harassment were reported to the consulate in Shanghai, a base for Japanese businesses and a popular tourist destination.
Meanwhile, back in the Middle East:
The State Department has gone into full-blown crisis mode, organizing a round-the-clock effort to coordinate the U.S. government’s response to the expanding attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and North Africa.
And in America itself:
Thousands of people streamed off three college campuses Friday after bomb threats prompted officials to issue evacuation orders for schools in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio. . . .
The first threat came around 8:35 a.m. to the University of Texas from a man claiming to belong to al-Qaida, officials said. The caller claimed bombs placed throughout campus would go off in 90 minutes, but administrators waited more than an hour before blaring sirens on the campus of 50,000 students and telling them to immediately “get as far away as possible” in emergency text messages.
Meanwhile, in local news just in, Kerry Stokes, the owner of the 7 Network, stated in relation to US troops stationed in Australia that he “must be the only Australian in Australia that is physically repulsed by the thought of armed people on my soil not being under our command.” I can only hope that’s true.