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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday that China's announcement of an air defense identification zone over the East China Sea had caused apprehension in the region, and that he was firm about the U.S. stance on the move during talks in Beijing. Biden had around five hours of discussions with President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, with both leaders laying out their perspective on an issue that has rattled countries in East Asia. "China's recent and sudden announcement of the establishment of a new air defense identification zone has, to state the obvious, caused significant apprehension in the region," Biden told a gathering of U.S. executives in Beijing.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that Luis Suarez still had his best years ahead of him after his four goals inspired a 5-1 demolition of Norwich City at Anfield. The Uruguay international needed just 35 first-half minutes to smash a spectacular hat-trick in Wednesday's game, with his third goal marking his 50th Premier League strike. He added his fourth goal with a stunning 74th-minute free-kick as Liverpool rampaged back to form. "This is the happiest Luis has been at this club," Rodgers said.
Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) - Stuart Broad made an early breakthrough for England, dismissing dashing opener David Warner, as Australia went to lunch at 46 for one on the first day of the second Ashes Test Thursday. Warner, who scored a century in Australia's huge 381-run win in the series opener in Brisbane, set off at a cracking pace in Adelaide after Michael Clarke won the toss and chose to take first advantage of the drop-in pitch. The 27-year-old struck 29 off 32 balls with four fours before he went after a wide Broad delivery and was caught by Michael Carberry at point in the eighth over, leaving the home side 34 for one. Australia were 46 for one when an early lunch was taken after the third rain interruption of the morning session.