Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
- The Japanese military’s forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to “maintain discipline” in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers, an outspoken nationalist mayor has said.
- Russia has ordered the expulsion of an alleged CIA agent working undercover at the US embassy who was discovered with a large stash of money trying to recruit a Russian agent.
- Taiwan has recalled its envoy to the Philippines, froze applications for work permits and ordered military exercises in waters between the two sides to press its demand for an apology for the shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman.
- Wal Mart Stores, Inc. stepped up Bangladesh factory inspections while U.S. and European retailers pursued separate accords to try to prevent another disaster in a garment industry where more than 1,200 workers have died in the past six months.
- Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian president, has imposed a “state of emergency” in three states in an attempt to curb the increasingly violent attacks by armed group Boko Haram, saying the level of violence called for “extraordinary measures”.