Wreckage believed to be El Faro is found

A search team using sophisticated scanning sonar has found wreckage believed to be the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing with 33 crew members Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said. El Faro was reported missing east of the Bahamas.



Publishers of critical writings stabbed

Two businessmen who had published the works of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American known for critical writings on religious extremism, were stabbed by groups of men in Dhaka, police said. The attack came eight months after Roy was himself stabbed to death with machetes. One of the publishers died immediately, police said. The other was in critical condition. Roy’s killing was followed by three more nearly identical assassinations of bloggers and intellectuals.



Vendors die in fire at public market

A predawn fire raced through public market stalls, killing 15 vendors, including six children, who were sleeping there to be up early for weekend crowds, police said. Thirteen others were injured in the blaze in Zamboanga.


South Korea

Trade discussed on eve of summit

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang discussed trade issues a day before their three-way summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that aims to repair relations strained by territorial matters. Park and Li reached a deal to work toward ratifying a bilateral free trade agreement.



Political clashes leave at least 11 dead

Clashes between supporters of two political parties left 11 people dead and dozens injured. The fighting broke out in the suburbs of Khairpur during the first phase of voting for local government positions. About 25 people from both sides were injured and army troops were called in.



Shooting spree ends with four dead

Four people were dead, including a suspected gunman, following a shooting spree in Colorado Springs that ended in a gun battle between police and the suspect. Officers were responding to a report of shots being fired when they spotted a suspect matching the description. The suspect opened fire, and police fired back.



BP ends bid to recoup oil spill money

BP has decided to end its effort to recoup money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company filed a motion to withdraw an appeal over what it said were overpayments worth hundreds of millions of dollars and involving more than 790 businesses.

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