News bites: Japan moves to toughen nuke regs

The Associated Press reports that Japan’s Cabinet passed bills Tuesday to boost nuclear safety in the wake of last year’s disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Reuters reports that Senate Banking Committee members are weighing further sanctions targeting Iran’s energy sector.

Reuters also reports that the United States on Monday called for “swift agreement between Sudan and South Sudan on the division of oil and revenues between Khartoum and its new neighbor.”

The New York Times reports that Saudi Arabia’s oil minister is quite worried about climate change.

The Miami Herald reports from a congressional hearing in Florida on concerns about Cuban offshore drilling plans.