South Korea

Asian trilateral summit held in Seoul

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang affirmed during a trilateral summit meeting on Sunday — the first in more than three years — that their countries will strengthen security and economic ties by holding three-way talks on a regular basis. Addressing reporters, Park revealed other major points agreed upon: accelerating free trade agreement talks, sustainable development, expanding people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and making efforts to resume six-way talks on North Korea's nuclear development.


Refugee boat capsizes, killing 11

After a week of drownings in the Aegean Sea, a plastic boat carrying refugees from Turkey capsized and sank off the Greek island of Samos in high winds, killing 11 people including six children. Another two bodies were pulled out of the sea off the small island of Farmakonisi, south of Samos, a few hours later, and seven migrants were found dead off the island of Lesbos.


Merkel seeks coalition deal on refugee crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's weekend talks with fellow party leaders failed to identify a common coalition stance on tackling the refugees crisis, the biggest influx of migrants since World War II. Merkel met with Horst Seehofer, the Christian Social Union party chief who has demanded she stem the flow of as many as a million people into Germany this year. The two then convened Sunday with Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel, who opposes caps on migrants.


Death toll in nightclub fire expected to rise

Romanians mourned the victims of a nightclub fire, while doctors warned the death toll could rise "significantly" because so many of the injured have severe burns. Thousands paid their respects at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest — the scene of Friday's tragedy that so far has killed 30 people and left dozens badly burned. About 140 people were still hospitalized around the Romanian capital. Of those, 90 were in serious condition.

New York

Medical emergency may have caused crash

Investigators of a horrific Halloween crash that killed three people including a 10-year-old girl are looking at whether a medical problem might have caused a motorist to smash into a group of New York City trick-or-treaters, police said. The car jumped a curb in the Bronx on Saturday evening, leaving behind mangled bodies and bloodied costumes. Police were examining whether the driver may have suffered a medical emergency.

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