Speeding bus hits van; 18 killed
A speeding bus struck a van, killing at least 18 garment workers and injuring nearly two dozen in eastern Cambodia, prompting a plea from Prime Minister Hun Sen for drivers to slow down to make the country’s roads safer. “The problem of traffic accidents in our country is getting worse and worse,” said Hun Sen, who was informed of the accident while presiding over a ceremony in the capital. “Everyone needs to respect traffic laws.”
10 dead in gold mine collapse
A mining pit collapsed in the Guyanese jungle on Sunday, killing 10 gold miners, authorities and a private association said on Monday. “The men are confirmed dead,” said Ajay Baksh, a consultant with the local Guyana gold and diamond miners association. The accident at the private mine was believed to have been caused by heavy rainfall that saturated the soil surrounding the pit.
Talks with US set for Thursday
The US removal of Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, among other developments, would help create an appropriate context to restore bilateral diplomatic relations, a Cuban official said on Monday. Gustavo Machin, deputy director for US affairs in the Cuban Foreign Ministry, made the remarks in a release published on the official website of the ministry, before the scheduled Cuba-US negotiations on Thursday in Washington on re-establishing diplomatic ties.
Ebola cases rise in West Africa
Ebola has spread further in Guinea and Sierra Leone, with 36 cases in the past week, four times as many as the week before, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The findings were a reminder that “this virus will not go quietly, and it will take an extraordinary effort to finish the job”, the WHO’s special representative for Ebola, Bruce Aylward, told health ministers.
Spy pact OK’d for Afghan border
The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and carry out “coordinated intelligence operations” against militants operating along their border, in a sign of improved relations following years of mistrust that undermined the fight against the Taliban. Pakistan’s army spokesman, Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, announced the signing of the Memorandums of Understanding between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security in a Twitter post late on Monday.
Fighter crashes, but pilots eject
An Indian air force fighter jet crashed in the northeastern state of Assam on Tuesday, a senior police official said. Both pilots ejected safely, he said, on condition of anonymity. “The crash happened moments after the aircraft took off,” the official said. A probe has been launched into the incident, he added.
Xinhua – Reuters – AP
(China Daily 05/20/2015 page11)