WORLD IN BRIEF: Cholera fuels protests in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Anti-U.N. riots spread to several Haitian cities and towns, as protesters blaming a contingent of Nepalese peacekeepers for an outbreak of cholera that has killed more than 1,000 people exchanged gunfire with U.N. soldiers. Protesters continued to barricade some roads on Tuesday.

The protests left at least two people dead. A demonstrator was shot dead by a U.N. peacekeeper during an exchange of gunfire in Quartier Morin, near Haiti’s second-largest city of Cap-Haitien, the United Nations mission said. It said it was investigating the shooting but asserted the soldier acted in self-defense.

Haiti Senate President Kelly Bastien told Radio Vision 2000 that a second demonstrator was shot and killed in Cap-Haitien itself. He did not know who shot him.

Building disasters rock China, India

BEIJING — Two of Asia’s most dynamic and fast-growing cities were struck within hours by disasters that devastated a pair of apartment blocks and underscored the challenges faced by both China and India as they try to enforce safety and building codes amid torrid economic growth.

In Shanghai, welders apparently ignited a blaze that engulfed a high-rise, while in New Delhi it might have been monsoon rains or an illegal new floor that caused the building’s collapse Monday. The two tragedies, thousands of miles apart, killed at least 119 people.

Indian and Chinese cities have expanded at breakneck speed over the last few decades, buoyed by growth that has swelled the middle class and brought waves of rural migrants seeking better opportunities. The pace and scale of the building boom has been head-spinning, and is not expected to slow soon.

Obama’s hopes for Russia nuclear pact fade

WASHINGTON — In a blow to President Barack Obama, chances faded Tuesday for Senate approval of a major nuclear arms treaty with Russia this year, tripping up one of the administration’s top foreign policy goals: improving relations with Moscow.

The administration reacted swiftly with Vice President Joe Biden warning that Senate failure to ratify the treaty would endanger the national security of the United States.

He said without ratification, Americans will have no way to verify Russia’s strategic nuclear arsenal.

Biden said it would weaken cooperation between two nations that hold 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons.