China, Vietnam argue
Vietnam’s U.N. ambassador urged China on Tuesday to withdraw its oil rig and more than 100 ships from the South China Sea to create “an environment” for negotiations on the disputed waters. But Ambassador Le Hoai Trung said Beijing refuses to engage in dialogue and insists there is no dispute, claiming the area around the rig belongs to China. The escalation in tensions is the most serious in years between Vietnam and its massive northern neighbor, which claims nearly all of the South China Sea. China sent the rig into the disputed waters on May 1, provoking a confrontation with Vietnamese ships, complaints from Hanoi and street protests that turned into bloody anti-Chinese riots. Hundreds of factories were damaged, and China said four of its citizens were “brutally killed” and more than 300 were injured.
MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK
Funerals held for officers
Thousands of police officers from across Canada attended the funeral of three Mounties killed by a gunman last week. Pipers and drummers led mourners at the funeral in the region paralyzed by the massive manhunt for 24-year-old Justin Bourque. Bourque was caught Friday and charged with three murders and two attempted murders. The three officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were killed after responding to a report of a man with firearms. The victims were Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Douglas Larche and Dave Ross. Members of the RCMP and municipal police forces, as well as correctional officers and U.S. border patrol officers, were among the more than 2,700 who marched. A beige RCMP Stetson was placed atop each casket at the front of the service.
Militant group advances
Sunni militants spilling over the border from Syria seized control of the northern city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest, in the most stunning success yet in a rapidly widening insurgency that threatens to drag the region into war. Having consolidated control over Sunni-dominated Nineveh province, armed gunmen were heading on the main road to Baghdad, Iraqi officials said, and had already taken over parts of Salahuddin province.
GWANGJU, SOUTH KOREA
Sunken ferry trial begins
The captain and 14 other crew members of the South Korean ferry that sank in April, leaving 304 people dead or missing, went on trial. Defendants faced the anger of victims’ relatives while senior crew members denied the charges. The Sewol was carrying 476 people. Prosecutors said senior crew fled without telling the passengers to leave. Defense lawyers blamed the ferry operator for overloading the ship.
Compiled from wire reports