Other Stories (06/30/15)

Posted on June 30, 2015

2nd fugitive caught

MALONE, NY -- David Sweat, one of two New York state inmates who escaped from prison three weeks ago, was shot by police near the Canadian border and rushed to a local hospital on Sunday, two days after his accomplice was killed, authorities said. His capture was the dramatic climax of a massive manhunt for Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt, who were discovered missing from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6. Some 1,300 members of law enforcement took part in the search through the forests and bogs of northern New York. -- Reuters

No Libya agreement

SKHIRAT, MOROCCO -- Delegations from Libya’s rival parliaments headed home for consultations on Monday after holding their first direct talks in months but failing to reach agreement on United Nations (UN) proposals for a united government. UN envoy Bernardino Leon had pressed the rival delegations to endorse his proposals for a merged administration to tackle a growing jihadist presence in the North African nation, which has cast a shadow over its neighbors, especially Tunisia. But despite holding their first face-to-face negotiations since March, the opposing teams left the Moroccan talks venue without initialling the proposals as planned. -- AFP

Puerto Rico in trouble

WASHINGTON -- Puerto Rico’s governor said that the island is unable to pay its approximately $72 billion in debt, a statement likely to send waves through the US economy, The New York Times reported on Sunday. “The debt is not payable,” Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla told the paper. “There is no other option. I would love to have an easier option. This is not politics, this is math.” As a commonwealth, the island cannot file for bankruptcy, meaning a default could take years to resolve, the Times said. -- AFP

Israel stops flotilla

ASHDOD, ISRAEL -- The Israeli navy was escorting an activist vessel defying its blockade of Gaza to port on Monday after taking it over without the deadly force that marred a similar attempt in 2010. Among the passengers on the commandeered ship were Tunisia’s former President Moncef Marzouki and Arab-Israeli lawmaker Basel Ghattas. A flotilla of four boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists had been seeking to reach Gaza to highlight the Israeli blockade of the territory that they called “inhumane and illegal.” -- AFP

Disappearing Great Wall

BEIJING -- Around 30% of China’s Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities -- including stealing the bricks to build houses -- erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported. In places it is so dilapidated that estimates of its total length vary from 9,000 to 21,000 kilometers, depending on whether missing sections are included. -- AFP