Russia's Lavrov says ready to cooperate with U.S. on Syria: agencies
MOSCOW Moscow is ready to cooperate with the United States on settling the Syrian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported.
WASHINGTON Former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo said Friday he was withdrawing his candidacy for World Bank president to allow developing nations to rally behind a single nominee to challenge the United States for the job.
Ocampo said Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala would be "an excellent candidate for the position."
"As we move into the final phase, it is clear that the process is shifting from a strict merit-based competition, in which my candidacy stood on strong grounds, into a more political-orientated exercise," Ocampo said in a statement.
"In this process, I stand on weaker grounds due to the lack of open support from the government of my home country, Colombia, and how that has handicapped the gathering of stronger political support for my candidacy," he added.
(Reporting By Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Andrew Hay)
SHANGHAI China has deported a U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage this week after being held without trial for two years, removing a source of friction between Washington and Beijing.