International news round up

EN4 rounds up today’s international news stories.

Captain of South Korean ferry sentenced

The captain of a South Korean ferry, which sank in April, has been sentenced to 36 years in jail for gross negligence. Lee Joon-seok left the sinking ferry while many of the 476 passengers were still inside. Over 300 passengers, many of them students, died in the incident which was one of the worst in South Korean history. Joon-seok was acquitted of homicide and escaped the death penalty.

Catalonia votes for independence from Spain

Yesterday’s informal vote in Catalonia showed 80% back independence. The vote was held after Spain refused to hold a formal referendum. The 7.5 million strong population want independence from Spain due to contributing more to the Spanish economy than they get back. Catalan leader Artur Mas told the BBC that this outcome shows Catalans have ‘earned the right’ to a formal referendum.

8 Indian women die after steralisation procedures

A health camp in the state of Chhattisgarh has carried out sterilisation surgery, which has led to the death of 8 women. The surgery was carried out on 83 women over all. 30 others were hospitalised and many are said to be in a serious condition. Official sources are denying that the surgeries were botched, however the government have ordered an inquiry.

Leaders meet at Apec Summit

Leaders across Asia have agreed to work towards a new free trade zone. Known as the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) this agreement involves China, unlike the US trade pact. Chinese president Mr Xi wants the pact to increase economic relationships among the 21 countries represented at the Beijing summit.

 Students killed by suicide bomber in Nigeria

A suicide bomber dressed as a schoolboy has targeted a school assembly in Potiskum, Nigeria. The blast, which killed 46 students and injured almost 80 more, has been blamed on militant group Boko Haram. The Nigerian Government were said to have agreed a ceasefire with the group, who are campaigning for an Islamic State, on October 17.

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