Emerging economic superpowers China and India may compete here. What should be the US role?
Ban Ki-moon arrived in Burma (Myanmar) Friday in a risky bid to break the political stalemate. He will press for the release of political prisoners, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
An Iranian company is the first to be penalized as the US uses stricter financial sanctions to curb Pyongyang's weapons program.
Tracking North Korea's Kang Nam is not an extraordinary duty for American warships.
Thailand and Singapore have longstanding military ties with America but also trade with Burma, where the vessel is headed.
The aging craft, heading toward the Strait of Malacca, is an unlikely player in what is fast becoming an international drama.
The US is tracking the cargo carrier as it moves through the Pacific, but the interdiction called for by the UN will prove tricky.