Washington, D.C.

White House plans forum on drug prices

Trying to turn up the political heat on the pharmaceutical industry, the Obama administration announced that it would hold a forum Nov. 20 on the high prices of some prescription drugs. The move came amid reports of price manipulation and opinion polls that identify drug prices as a top concern for many consumers and voters.

 

Pennsylvania

Video shows officer shooting suspect

Video played at a police officer’s murder trial showed the 15-year veteran shocking a fleeing suspect with a stun gun, then shooting him twice in the back as he lay face down. Officer Lisa Mearkle is on trial for shooting 59-year-old David Kassick after he fled from a Feb. 2 traffic stop in Hummelstown. The defense said Mearkle fired in self-defense, but the prosecution called the shooting unjustified.

 

Romania

Thousands protest after nightclub fire

More than 10,000 people protested in Bucharest over last week’s nightclub fire, with placards decrying government “corruption, greed and apathy” as the death toll rose to 32. Demonstrators demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Viktor Ponta. Three owners of the club were charged with negligent homicide and assault. A fireworks show started the fire.

 

Yemen

Rare cyclone causes widespread flooding

Heavy flooding from a rare tropical cyclone inundated parts of southern Yemen, bringing what aid workers and residents fear will be yet more misery to a country already mired in war. Parts of Mukalla were overwhelmed with floodwaters that raised fears of casualties and worsening shortages of food, water and medical supplies. Meteorologists said downpours will bring several years’ worth of rain in just a day or two to the usually parched country.

 

Germany

Auschwitz sergeant fit to stand trial

A court determined that a 93-year-old man who served as an SS sergeant at the Auschwitz death camp is fit to stand trial on charges of accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people. The Detmold state court had given defense lawyers and state prosecutors two weeks to respond to a doctor’s finding that the former guard, Reinhold H., whose full name was not released, is physically and psychologically healthy enough to stand trial.

 

Taiwan

Historic China-Taiwan summit set

A presidential spokesman said Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday. It will be the first such meeting of leaders since the two sides split in 1949 during a civil war. Spokesman Charles Chen said the meeting will be aimed at strengthening peace across the Taiwan Strait but that there will be no agreement signed.

 

Pakistan

Coverage of militant groups banned

Pakistan banned TV and radio coverage of Islamic militant groups, including the one suspected in 2008 Mumbai attacks, and ordered broadcast outlets to stop running ads for the groups’ charities. The move came a year after the government vowed to crack down on homegrown militants. Officials said that failure to abide by the order would result in the cancellation of broadcast licenses.

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