LOS ANGELES — A U.S. Marine was killed and another was injured last week during a live-fire training exercise at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

The Marines were participating in small arms live-fire training Friday just after 5 p.m. in preparation for an integrated training exercise, said Lt. Karen Holliday, a spokeswoman at the training center, which is in San Bernardino County. Few details were released about the accident.

The combat center announced the Marine’s death on Facebook on Saturday.

“We send our prayers and condolences to the families of the Marines killed and injured,” the base’s commander, Brig. Gen. William F. Mullen III, said in the statement. “Our first priority is to support them during this difficult time.”

The Marine Corps has not identified either Marine.

But the Naples (Fla.) Daily News reported the dead Marine was Lance Cpl. Austin Ruiz. His family and friends told the newspaper the 19-year-old Naples resident always wanted to be a Marine.

—Los Angeles Times


UC President Janet Napolitano hospitalized amid cancer treatment

University of California President Janet Napolitano is nearly finished with an undisclosed cancer treatment that began more than four months ago, the university system announced Tuesday, a day after “she experienced side effects that required her to be hospitalized.”

In a statement, UC said Napolitano was diagnosed with the cancer at the end of August and “is doing extremely well.” Spokeswoman Dianne Klein declined to specify what kind of cancer Napolitano was being treated for, “out of respect for her privacy,” or whether it was related to a previous cancer diagnosis that the statement said was “successfully treated.”

The university said Napolitano’s physicians “expect her to be discharged in the next day or so and back to her normal duties at full capacity very soon.”

—The Sacramento Bee


Theresa May hits the phones with key EU players to pitch her Brexit plan

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May called key European Union leaders one by one as she began the process of selling her plan for a new Brexit trade deal to the other 27 countries in the bloc.

Speaking by phone from London, May told her German and French counterparts as well as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk that while the U.K. would be leaving the EU single market it still wanted “the greatest possible access” in the form of a free-trade agreement, her office said in an emailed statement Tuesday.

The round of conversations came after May delivered a detailed blueprint for Brexit in a speech in London earlier in the day. The statement said her clarity was welcomed by Juncker and Tusk, who said he would negotiate in a “spirit of good will.” Their support, along with that of the two biggest European economies, will be critical to her chances of making good on her plan.

In her speech, May warned the EU not to try to “punish” Britain for leaving, saying that a good new trade agreement is in the best interest of all. May has promised to open formal negotiations by triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty by the end of March.

As for Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande, both welcomed May’s “commitment to the continuing strength of the EU, and her intention to negotiate a new partnership with the EU,” May’s office said.

—Bloomberg News


India’s Modi, taking shots at China, says no talks with Pakistan

NEW DELHI — India will not hold talks with Pakistan as long as New Delhi’s nuclear-armed neighbor continues to support terrorism in South Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a foreign policy speech.

“India alone cannot walk the path of peace, it also has to be Pakistan’s journey to make,” Modi said at a conference in New Delhi. “Pakistan must walk away from terror if it wants to walk toward dialogue with India.”

Modi, who also made comments about China’s role in South Asia, said in a likely reference to Pakistan that countries in the region that export terrorism stand “isolated and ignored.”

Ties between India and Pakistan worsened in September when Indian soldiers struck across the de facto border that divides the Pakistan- and Indian-administered parts of Kashmir. The military strike was in response to a terrorist attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers.

India’s prime minister, who is facing crucial state-level elections in February, also made rare remarks on India’s tense relationship with China.

Modi said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping — who gave a speech on Tuesday to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland — have agreed to “tap” the vast business opportunities that exist between their two countries.

However, Modi also referred to simmering strategic tensions between India and China that continue to worry Indian analysts and policymakers. He said “it is not unnatural for two large neighboring powers to have some differences.”

In particular, Modi appeared to make a veiled reference to Beijing’s $46 billion investment in the massive China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The infrastructure corridor stretches from China’s far west Xinjiang province through the disputed region of Kashmir, before ending at the Pakistan port of Gwadar.

—Bloomberg News

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