Captain of South Korean capsized ferry gets 36 years in prison

(Reuters) – The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized in April killing 304 passengers was jailed for 36 years on Tuesday after a court found him guilty of negligence, but was acquitted of homicide for which prosecutors had sought the death penalty. The court convicted the ship’s chief engineer of homicide for not aiding two injured fellow crew members, making him the only one of four facing homicide charges to be found guilty […]

Obama and Putin are odd couple at Beijing summit

(Reuters) – A few brief encounters between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin during an Asia-Pacific summit in China on Tuesday spoke volumes about the chilly state of relations between the United States and Russia. With the two men crossing paths twice this week, first in Beijing and later at a G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, there was little chance they could avoid interacting on the international stage – and with the eyes of the world press and fellow leaders upon them. Obama and […]

Israeli stabbed in suspected Palestinian attack in Tel Aviv – police

An Israeli man was stabbed and critically wounded near a Tel Aviv train station on Monday (November 10) in a suspected Palestinian attack, police said. A spokesman for the Magen David Adom ambulance service said the man, aged about 20, was rushed to hospital. Police said they arrested a suspect, a Palestinian from the town ofNablus in the occupied West Bank, and that the assault was apparently politically motivated. The attack came five days after a Palestinian rammed his car into […]

Obama urges China to be partner in ensuring world order

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday a successful China was in the interests of the United States and the world but Beijing had to be a partner in underwriting international order, and not undermine it. Speaking to growing concerns among U.S. and other companies about the Chinese business environment after arriving in Beijing, Obama also urged China to reject the use of cyber theft for commercial gain and create a more level playing field where policy is not […]

China’s Xi, Japan’s Abe hold landmark meeting after awkward handshake

(Reuters) – After an awkward handshake, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held formal talks on Monday for the first time since the two leaders took office, a breakthrough in efforts to improve ties between the Asian rivals. Television footage showed Abe waiting for Xi to greet him at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, a departure from usual protocol in which the Chinese leader is on hand waiting for a […]

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 […]

At least 35 killed in Nigerian school assembly blast

(Reuters) – At least 35 people, most of them students, were killed when a bomb ripped through a school assembly in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Potiskum on Monday, a hospital official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Yobe State, a territory that has been hit by Sunni Muslim Boko Haram rebels during a five-year insurgency seen as the main security threat to Africa’s leading oil producer. Mariam Ibrahim, a teacher at […]