Japanese Financial Services Minister Shozaburo Jimi confirmed that China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan had not defected to the United States, something rumored from Chinese-based sources for several days over the weekend. But the question now being asked is why the rumor started in the first place.

American flagAfter a kidnapping attempt outside an elite private school in Monterrey, the U.S. government told consulate staff to send their children out of the northern Mexican city, according to a recent Reuters report. The school was one attended by staff children.

Thirty-three miners, who were trapped some 2,300 feet underground in northern Chile since August 5 when the main access tunnel collapsed where they had been working, have been informed they may not be rescued until December.

Seventy-two people, believed to be migrants heading for Texas were gunned down in San Fernando in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, near the Gulf of Mexico and about 150 miles from Monterrey. Randal Archibold wrote in the New York Times for August 25 that the bodies were found the previous day in a large room on a ranch in northeast Mexico.

An influential Japanese politician is taking a few pokes at the American and British people. Ichiro Ozawa, who some think may be well-positioned to become Prime Minister in the near future, says that the American people are "simple-minded." He's got some choice words for the British as well. Saying he likes both British democracy and British discipline as depicted in the 1957 film The Bridge Over the River Kwai, he says, nonetheless, "I don't like the British people."