May 26, 2014 in Nation/World

In brief: Belgium hunts for museum shooter

 

BRUSSELS – Belgium launched a nationwide hunt Sunday for a lone gunman who walked into the Jewish Museum, unpacked a Kalashnikov rifle, killed at least three people with a short burst of fire, packed up and briskly walked away.

Saturday’s attack led Belgian officials to immediately raise anti-terror measures and increase the protection for Jewish sites for what was widely seen as an anti-Semitic attack.

Video of the attack showed an athletic man with cap walking determinedly into the small museum.

King to endorse Thai coup leader

BANGKOK – One day after Thailand’s military junta stiffened warnings to crack down on civilian opposition to its takeover of power, the country’s monarchy was set today to officially endorse the general who staged the coup.

Army Commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha was expected to receive the endorsement of King Bhumibol Adulyadej formalizing his status as head of government.

Reward for tips on ferry owner raised

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has boosted to half a million dollars a reward for tips about the billionaire who prosecutors say owns a ferry that sank April 16.

The tenfold increase in the reward comes as officials struggle to find Yoo Byung-eun on allegations of tax evasion and embezzlement. Prosecutors said today that a failure to spend enough money on safety may be a reason for the sinking. The sinking of the Sewol ferry left more than 300 dead or missing.


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