The Daily Planet: Viktor Bout in court; FBI arrests suspect in Australia collar bomb case; US China envoy carries own bags

Laura Rozen

• A photo of new U.S. ambassador to China Gary Locke carrying his own backpack as he got himself coffee at Beijing airport has charmed Chinese citizens who don't often see such frugality among their officials. Locke, the former Commerce Secretary and governor of Washington state, is the first Chinese-American to serve as Washington's envoy to Beijing. (Associated Press)

• Chinese Jews face dilemmas about their identity. (Wall Street Journal)

• The FBI has arrested an Australian investment banker, Paul Douglas Peters, in Kentucky in connection with bizarre "collar bomb" kidnapping/extortion case. (Associated Press)

• European Union High Rep Catherine Ashton condemns new Israeli settlement building plans, saying all settlement activities are illegal under international law. (European Union)

• International arms dealer Viktor Bout, aka "The Merchant of Death," is due in federal court in New York today. Federal prosecutors are seeking to convince the judge that they should be allowed to present evidence from the past several decades that Bout spent dealing in internationals arms. (NPR)

• How to help the people of Camp Ashraf. (Trita Parsi)

• The European Union should freeze imports of Syrian oil and gas, rights group says. (Human Rights Watch)