China: An ordinary maritime accident (Agence France-Presse) - June 14, 2019 - 12:00am BEIJING – The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a suspected Chinese trawler in disputed waters was described by Beijing yesterday as an ordinary maritime accident. The Philippine defense department said on Wednesday a suspected Chinese boat had collided with a Filipino fishing boat anchored near Recto (Reed) Bank in the South China Sea, causing it to sink and leaving 22 crewmen to their fate. President Duterte’s office said the abandonment of the Filipino crew was “barbaric,” while Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana condemned the Chinese trawler’s “cowardly action.” Neither Beijing nor Manila have officially confirmed the boat involved in the hit-and run incident was Chinese-registered. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang yesterday called the incident “an ordinary maritime traffic … [Read more...] about China: An ordinary maritime accident
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With airfares skyrocketing for the Idul Fitri exodus in the coming two weeks, traveling by car will be the choice of many homebound holiday revelers, particularly those leaving for Central and East Java. A recent survey by the Transportation Ministry found that 14.9 million people living in Greater Jakarta will celebrate the post-Ramadan festival in their hometowns, with 4.3 million of them opting to drive and 4.5 million taking the bus. Learning from past years and in an attempt to improve services for homebound travelers, the government has decided to apply one-way traffic on the trans-Java toll road. The policy will be effective from May 30 to June 2, affecting more than 230 kilometers between Cikarang in Bekasi, West Java, and the West Brebes exit gate in Central Java. The same arrangement will be implemented for the return flow of traffic from June 8 to 10, beginning at Palimanan toll gate in Cirebon, West Java, to Cikarang. The one-way policy was chosen over other alternatives … [Read more...] about One-way exodus traffic
By Lorne Cook The Associated Press Mon., May 13, 2019 BRUSSELS - Britain warned Monday that conflict might break out “by accident” amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with European Union powers backing the nuclear deal with the Islamic republic. The warning came as Saudi Arabia said that two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks Sunday that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was heading to pick up Saudi oil to take to the U.S. Washington has warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the Persian Gulf region and said it was deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran. “We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident, with an escalation that is unintended really … [Read more...] about Britain warns US-Iran conflict could break out ‘by accident’
ROME: Egyptian police arrested and beat an Italian student who was later found murdered because they thought he was a British spy, according to fresh testimony reported by Italian newspapers on Sunday. The account of how Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old doctoral researcher at Britain’s Cambridge University, disappeared in Cairo in January 2016 came from a witness who overheard an Egyptian intelligence agent speaking about “the Italian guy”, La Repubblica newspaper said. The conversation about the tumultuous situation in Egypt in Arabic took place at a police convention in an unnamed African country in 2017 and was related to Italian prosecutors who have now asked Egyptian authorities for more information. The Italian foreign ministry tweeted Sunday that it “supports the Rome prosecutor’s request for information, in the strong hope that it contributes to the path of justice for Giulio Regeni.” The unnamed eavesdropper learned the Egyptian’s name … [Read more...] about Egypt thought murdered Italian student was spy: Report
By The Canadian Press Sun., April 28, 2019 SPRINGHILL, N.S.—A two-vehicle accident near Springhill, N.S., has left two New Brunswick women in hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police say the accident happened on Highway 142 just after 6 p.m. The two women, aged 21 and 22, were occupants of a Mitsubishi RVR that collided with a Chevrolet Impala. The lone occupant of the Chevrolet, a 21-year-old man from Hants County, N.S., suffered non-life threatening injuries. A portion of the highway was closed for several hours while an RCMP traffic analyst was called to examine the scene. Article Continued Below The highway has since reopened. Report an error Journalistic Standards About The Star Read more about: Nova Scotia , Halifax TOP STORIES, DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX. NEW NEWSLETTER HEADLINES SIGN UP … [Read more...] about Three people injured in two-vehicle accident near Springhill, N.S.