What might be one way to ease asthma and eczema in children?

A new report in the British medical journal Thorax suggests cutting back on fast food might help. Researchers studying 319,000 teens in 51 countries found that teens who ate three or more weekly servings of fast food had a 39 percent increased chance of developing severe asthma, while younger children had a 27 percent higher risk. Fast foods contain high levels of trans fatty acids, which are known to affect immune reactions, said the study team, which is led by scientists at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

What did China say about the relationship between the US and Australia?

China called Australia's increased military ties with the U.S. inappropriate, the Australian Financial Review reported, citing an interview with the nation's ambassador to Canberra, Chen Yuming. It was "not appropriate to place too much importance or place too much attention on further increasing military co-operation or military alliances between relevant countries," Chen told the newspaper. "We do not believe it is appropriate to continue the Cold War-style of military co-operation or even go for confrontation or a containment mentality." The comment comes a year after the Pentagon announced a new strategy that puts more emphasis on Asian and Pacific nations and on building relationships with allies.

Why did a Greek court side with a group of escaped prisoners?

The court acquitted 15 illegal immigrants on charges of escaping police detention because it found the "wretched and highly dangerous" conditions in their jail in the northwestern city of Igoumenitsa were so bad that they had no option but to try to escape. The immigrants had spent six weeks in a filthy, overcrowded, disease-ridden cell with no running water. International human rights groups have repeatedly criticized Greece's treatment of detained illegal immigrants.