Missile hits near Japan
North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that landed in Japanís maritime economic zone Monday, officials said, in the latest in a string of test launches as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the U.S. mainland. The suspected Scud-type missile launched from the coastal town of Wonsan flew about 280 miles, the South said in a statement. Japan reported no damage to planes or vessels in the area.
Merkel: Stick together
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged European Union nations to stick together in the face of emerging policy divisions with the U.S., Britainís decision to leave the bloc and other challenges. Speaking at a campaign event in Berlin, Merkel suggested that the G-7 summit in Italy that ended Saturday had served as something of a wake-up call. G-7 leaders were unable to reach unanimous agreement on climate change after President Donald Trump said he needed more time to decide whether to back a key climate accord.
Mudslide toll over 150
Sri Lankan rescuers on Sunday pulled out more bodies that were buried by enormous mudslides as the death toll in the disaster climbed to 151, with 111 others missing. Although the weather cleared, more rains were forecast for Monday, threatening to bring further misery to over 100,000 people displaced in western and southern regions of the island nation that were lashed by two days of torrential rains.
U.S. doctor wins award
An American doctor who has spent years working in a fighting-ravaged region of Sudan has been awarded the $1.1 million Aurora Prize for exceptional humanitarianism. Dr. Tom Catena was presented the prize Sunday in the capital, Yerevan. The prize was established in remembrance of the Armenian survivors of a mass killing by Ottoman Turks. About 1.5 million Armenians were killed in 1915-23 in what many historians regard as the first genocide of the 20th century, a claim Turkey rejects.
Compiled from wire reports.