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North Korea holds UN talks amid push for war crimes probe UNITED NATIONS: North Korea's ambassador on Monday met with the UN rights investigator for talks on a possible invitation amid a UN push for the Pyongyang regime to face war crimes prosecution.North Korean counsellor Kim Song told AFP that the meeting with special rapporteur Marzuki Darusman was to discuss "our future cooperation in the area of human rights."The meeting came ahead of a report to be presented Wednesday by Darusman to the UN General Assembly that calls for North Korea to face war crimes, based on the findings of a UN commission of inquiry released this year.A UN official said the North Koreans floated the idea of inviting Darusman to North Korea but they also suggested that referring Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court should be dropped."I don't think that under those conditions, a visit would be possible," said the UN official who asked not to be named. In his ...

Two arrested in case of 43 missing Mexicans MEXICO CITY: Two drug gang members were arrested Monday on suspicion of direct involvement in the disappearance of 43 students over a month ago, Mexico's top prosecutor said.Authorities detained four Guerreros Unidos members, two of whom are believed to have helped carry out the crime that has shocked Mexico, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said.A total of 56 people have now been arrested in connection with the abduction of 43 male teachers' college students, in ...
New governor in Mexico state hit by student disappearances CHILPANCINGO: An academic took over as interim governor Sunday of a crime-riddled Mexican state thrust into the global spotlight by the disappearance of 43 students a month ago.Angel Aguirre resigned as governor of the southern Guerrero state under massive pressure while Mexican authorities are also hunting for the fugitive mayor of Iguala city and his wife in connection with the disappearance of the trainee teachers.Rogelio Martinez, a university administrator, was sworn in Sunday as Aguirre's ...
Nurse 'disrespected' in Ebola fight as White House weighs in WASHINGTON: The mayor of New York said Sunday that a quarantined nurse had been "disrespected," but gave no indication he would bow to White House pressure over the controversial move intended to stop the spread of Ebola in the United States.Kaci Hickox, who became the first American health worker isolated under the new quarantine orders on Friday, claims she was made to feel like a criminal and that her compulsory quarantining was "inhumane."New York, New ...
Ottawa gunman made video before attack: police OTTAWA: The shooter who rampaged through Canada's parliament took a video of himself just before the attack and was inspired by ideological and political motives, police said Sunday, contradicting the claims of his estranged mother.Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who was shot dead by police in the parliament in Ottawa after killing a soldier Wednesday, was mentally ill and wanted to die, his mother wrote in a lengthy separate statement to the public.But labeling it "a terrorist attack," ...
Cards' rising star Taveras killed in car crash LOS ANGELES: St. Louis Cardinals rookie fielder Oscar Taveras died in an automobile crash in his native Dominican Republic, the Major League Baseball club announced Sunday night. He was 22.Dominican police said the highly-touted prospect was driving in a car with a female, believed to be his girlfriend, when he lost control of the vehicle, killing himself and the passenger."We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest ...
Two dead in US school shooting after online warnings LOS ANGELES: A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life.Terrified classmates dived for cover as the gunman, identified by media reports and fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg, launched his attack in a school in the northwestern state of Washington.As with previous such shootings, it revived debate on gun control, even though ...


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