#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – Nov.14 – The decision on whether to impose more economic sanctions against Russia will likely be made by EU leaders in mid-December, rather than by foreign ministers who are meeting in Brussels on Monday, Reuters quoted diplomats as saying.
The foreign ministers may produce a list of Ukrainian rebel figures and possibly some Russians to be added to the list of personal sanctions already in place, according to an internal paper seen by the news agency.
They will be required to keep in mind “that the main separatist leaders are already listed…and the fact that the targeted separatists could be at some point agents in the implementation of the peace plan.”
#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA – Nov.11 – South Korean prosecutors said on Tuesday they would appeal against court rulings on the 15 crew-members of a capsized ferry.
The captain of the ferry, which sank killing about 300 people, mostly children, was acquitted of homicide.
However, he was found guilty of negligence and sentenced to 36 years in jail.
#AceWorldNews – AUSTRALIA – Nov.11 – We reported on this abuse news a few weeks ago and today the Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is establishing a new monitoring team for centres holding asylum-seekers, after a series of abuse allegations, AFP said.
Asylum-seekers face mandatory detention on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and the small state of Nauru as Australia wants to stop would-be refugees from risking their lives on people-smuggling boats.
The team will recommend “action to deal with credible allegations of misconduct should they arise,” the minister said Tuesday.
#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA – Nov.11 – The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April was jailed for 36 years Tuesday.
Prosecutors had demanded the death penalty, but a three-judge court said they failed to prove the captain had acted with an intention to kill.
He was convicted of gross negligence and dereliction of duty, including abandoning his vessel while hundreds of schoolchildren and other passengers remained trapped on board.
Three other senior crew members were sentenced to jail terms of between 15 and 30 years.
#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – Nov.11 – At least 56 people, 17 women and 18 children among them, were killed on Tuesday, as a passenger bus collided with a truck in southern Pakistan, officials said.
“The Karachi-bound passenger bus, which was coming from north-western city of Swat went on the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with a goods container, killing 56 people,“senior local police official Nasir Aftab told AFP.
Conflicting reports have come about the number of victims. AP reported the death and injury toll issued by police official Ghulam Jhokhio.
AFP, however, estimates the body count at 56 people at least, with a much higher rate of kids – including 17 women and 18 children. The latter death toll was confirmed by a senior doctor at the Khairpur civil hospital, who added that the condition of three of the injured was critical.
— Faizan Khan (@Faibyy) November 11, 2014