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South Korean ferry boss’ driver turns himself in

The driver of a South Korean businessman wanted over the sinking of a ferry that killed 304 in April turned himself in yesterday, potentially unlocking the mystery of the man’s final days after the country’s worst maritime disaster in 44 years. Prosecutors in the port cityFULL STORY

US seeks common cause with India

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday voiced hope of finding common cause with new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hailing the nations’ ties as “indispensable,” despite recent friction. Kerry, who headed to New Delhi yesterday in the highest-level US contact yet with the right-leaningFULL STORY

Students push for action in HK’s battle for democracy

Hong Kong’s student activists have become local celebrities thanks to their televised confrontations with officials as they demand reform, but their frustration with the territory’s wider democracy movement is growing over fears of compromise with Beijing. Public discontent in Hong Kong is at its highest forFULL STORY

Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges

The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime is to inch forward again today, as a UN-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing against a pair of defendants in their 80s facing genocide and other charges. The Khmer Rouge’s former head ofFULL STORY

Liberia closes borders to halt Ebola

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced the closure of most of the Ebola-hit country’s land borders after the deadly tropical virus spread to two of West Africa’s largest cities. Liberia, along with neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, is struggling to contain an epidemic that hasFULL STORY

US accuses Russia of missile pact violation

In an escalation of tensions, the administration of US President Barack Obama accused Russia of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontationFULL STORY

Air Algerie plane asked if it could turn back: France

France said on Monday the pilots of the Air Algerie passenger plane that crashed in Mali, killing all 118 people on board, had asked to turn back, in a new development to a complex probe into the tragedy. “What we know for sure is that theFULL STORY

Massive oil depot fire rages out of control in Tripoli

A huge fire at an oil depot on the outskirts of Tripoli remained out of control yesterday, sparking fears of a fireball that could cause carnage over a wide area. The fire, raging since Sunday night, on Monday spread to a second fuel storage site inFULL STORY

Argentina in last-minute effort to stave off default

The Argentine government said on Monday it will make another effort to reach a deal with US creditors ahead of a looming deadline that risks sending the country into its second default in 13 years. Argentine Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers Jorge Capitanich said anFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

NORTH KOREA Summer camp reopens After some on-the-spot guidance from the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and a major face-lift, the Songdowon International Children’s Camp reopened yesterday for this year’s flock of foreign campers — more than 300 young children and teenagers from Russia, China, Vietnam, Ireland andFULL STORY

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