June 10, 2008 in Nation/World

World in brief: Cabinet offers to quit over furor

The Spokesman-Review
 

South Korea’s entire Cabinet offered to resign today following a public uproar over the planned resumption of U.S. beef imports despite concerns of mad cow disease.

Prime Minister Han Seung-soo tendered his resignation along with other government ministers to President Lee Myung-bak, according to the presidential Blue House and the prime minister’s office.

Blue House spokesman Lee Dong-kwan did not say whether the president would accept the resignations.

ALGIERS, Algeria

Officials insist bomb toll wrong

Algeria’s Defense Ministry on Monday denied reports that a weekend bombing at a train station killed 13 people, saying that only two people died.

A statement said a French citizen and his Algerian chauffeur were killed, as reported, in the double bombing at the Beni Amrane train station, about 60 miles southeast of Algiers.

An Algerian security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday, said two blasts had killed 11 others.

The statement was an unusual occurrence. Official death tolls are often not made public and journalists must rely on officials not authorized to speak on the record.


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