In brief: North, South Korea exchange fire
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea shot dozens of rounds of artillery onto a populated South Korean island near the countries’ disputed western border today, and South Korean troops returned fire, military officials said.
South Korea’s YTN television said two people were injured, several houses were on fire and that shells were still falling on Yeonpyeong island. Yonhap news agency, quoting a military official, said four soldiers were wounded. The reports couldn’t be immediately verified.
South Korea also said it has scrambled F-16 fighter jets after the attack.
YTN said between 1,200 and 1,300 people live in the island, citing an island resident. TV pictures showed black and white smoke rising from the island.
Nazi suspect dead, court says
BERLIN – Samuel Kunz, one of the world’s most-wanted Nazi suspects who was under indictment on allegations he was involved in killing hundreds of thousands of Jews at a concentration camp in occupied Poland, has died, a Bonn court said Monday.
The 89-year-old Kunz died on Nov. 18, the Bonn state court said in a short statement. Court spokesman Joachim Klages said Kunz died in his hometown, near Bonn, but did not have details on the cause of death.
Allegation against Kunz surfaced as prosecutors were poring through World War II-era documents in preparation for another case, that against the retired autoworker from Ohio, John Demjanjuk, who is now being tried in Munich.
Suu Kyi, son reunited in Yangon
YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was reunited today with a son she last saw a decade ago, in an emotional moment at the Yangon airport 10 days after she was released from detention.
Kim Aris, 33, was finally granted a visa by the military regime after waiting for several weeks in neighboring Thailand. Just before walking into the airport terminal, the 65-year old Suu Kyi, who was released Nov. 13 after more than seven years under house arrest, told reporters, “I am very happy.”
Migrants urged to form convoys
MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s government is telling migrants driving home for the holidays from the United States that they should form convoys for their own safety while traveling through Mexico, and an official said Monday that police will accompany convoys on the most dangerous stretches of highway.
A seemingly intractable wave of drug cartel violence has made some border highways, especially in the states of Tamaulipas, Sonora and Sinaloa, so dangerous that the U.S. State Department urges travelers to avoid driving on some of the roads.
Prince Philip easing duties
LONDON – Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will step down as president or patron of more than a dozen organizations when he turns 90 next year.
Buckingham Palace says Philip will reduce his commitments, but will still be associated with over 800 organizations.
Among other positions, Philip will step down from his role as chancellor of the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge.