Asia

Court to give verdict in case of doomed South Korea ferry

(Reuters) – A South Korean court is set to rule on whether the captain of a ferry that capsized killing more than 300 people, most of them children on a school trip, should be put to death for culpable homicide in a case that triggered widespread grief and outrage. A three-judge panel in the southern city of Gwangju will hand down verdicts and sentencing on Tuesday in the trial of captain Lee Joon-seok, 68, as […]

China, Japan set aside isle row, paving way for leaders to meet

(Reuters) – China and Japan agreed on Friday to work on improving ties and signaled willingness to put a bitter row over disputed islands on the back burner, paving the way for their leaders to meet at an Asian-Pacific summit next week. The agreement, ahead of an expected ice-breaking chat between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the gathering in Beijing, signals a thaw in ties between the world’s second- and third-biggest economies. Relations […]

School bus crash in Egypt kills 16 – state news

(Reuters) — At least 16 people, mostly children, were killed on Wednesday (November 5) when a school bus crashed into three other vehicles on a desert road in the Nile Deltanorth of Cairo, state television said. Photos published online by privately-owned news outlets showed the bus engulfed in flames and later reduced to a charred metal frame, suggesting many of the victims were burned alive. Eighteen people were also wounded in the crash and transported to hospital, a local […]

Islamic State kills 85 more members of Iraqi tribe

(Reuters) – Islamic State has executed 85 more members of the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq, a tribal leader and security official said on Saturday, part of a mass killing campaign launched last week to break local resistance to the group’s territorial advances. Tribal chief Sheikh Naeem al-Ga’oud told Reuters Islamic State had killed 50 members of Albu Nimr who were fleeing the group in Anbar province on Friday. A further 35 bodies were found in […]

Israel Introduces 2014 HLS Conference and Exhibition

The Israel Homeland Security 2014 conference and exhibition was introduced in Manila in a networking event last October 23 at the Tower Club in Makati City. In his keynote message, Israeli Ambassador Ephraim Ben Matityau invited the guests to visit Israel for a “technological pilgrimage” to attend the HLS conference. Israel’s Economic and Trade Office in Manila is now planning a Philippine delegation to travel to Israel and visit ISRAEL HLS 2014 on November 9 […]

Protesters in Hong Kong to vote on government proposals

(Reuters) – Hong Kong protesters plan to hold a straw poll on government proposals they rejected earlier in the week as their street campaign pushing for democracy for the Chinese-controlled city entered its fifth week on Friday. With crowds likely to swell at the weekend, student leaders late on Thursday announced a plan for an electronic poll of protesters on reform proposals tabled by senior city government officials in talks on Tuesday that failed to […]

Family of murdered Filipino transgender demand to see accused at detention facility

Family members and the boyfriend of a murdered transgender Filipino gathered outside the detention facility where the U.S. serviceman accused of killing him is allegedly being held on Wednesday (October 22) demanding to see proof he is on Philippine soil. Earlier on Wednesday, the United States had transferred U.S. Private First ClassJoseph Scott Pemberton to a detention facility under U.S. guard at the main headquarters of the Philippines’ Armed Forces. Pemberton is accused of murdering Jeffrey Laude, who also went […]

Hong Kong protesters march after fruitless talks with government

(Reuters) – About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city’s Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock. Others continued to occupy main streets in the Chinese-controlled city, where they have camped for nearly a month in protest against a central government plan that would give Hong Kong people the chance to vote […]