Economic growth has been hurt by weakness in the consumer spending that drives most U.S. economic activity.
Australia says its Federal Police are investigating the WikiLeaks website and its founder to see if they broke any Australian laws by releasing hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic documents.
China has invested billions of dollars in Africa in recent years, much of it to secure natural resources for the booming Chinese economy.
China has renewed a war of words with the Vatican, saying its criticism of a meeting of the state-sanctioned Catholic Church this month is both "imprudent" and "ungrounded."
China's state media say construction equipment, cranes and shipping containers still litter the deck of the country's first aircraft carrier, indicating the vessel is far from ready for launch.
China's state news agency said Monday that 11 people died and at least 120 were sickened after consuming vinegar that had been put in barrels once used to store toxic anti-freeze.
A bomb blast at the United Nations building in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, has killed at least 16 people.
Witnesses report seeing a vehicle force its way past security and explode once it reached the four-story building on Friday morning.