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Panama Reverses: North Korean Crew Not Freed

At least 400 people were killed after Barcelona-based Rasfer imported 9,000 litres of glycerin from China, and then sent it on to Panama where it was used to make sugar-free syrup expectorant for hypertension and diabetes, widely distributed in the public health system. The syrup was contaminated with diethylene glycol, an industrial product not designed for human consumption. "I want to ask your forgiveness in the name of the Panamanian state," Martinelli said at a ceremony where click he officially delivered life-long benefits to survivors. Nothing that any of us can say could possibly make up for the loss of one human life," he stressed. "Let us hope that this kind if incident, and mass homicide, never happens again," Martinelli said. A victims' spokesman, Gabriel Pascual, said families still were seeking justice. "We want justice in the legal system now," he said. <br>More: http://www.saharasamay.com/world-news/676543594/panama-president-apologises-over-2006-drug-tragedy.html

That is the toll from the typhoon that hit the central Philippines November 8. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Manila reports on how the government and international agencies are activating the recovery and reconstruction process. Video Philippines Typhoon Aid Begins Transition to Long Term Recovery Thirteen million people affected. Four million of them displaced, with one million homes destroyed. Two-and-a-half million individuals in need of food aid. <br>More: >http://www.voanews.com/content/panama-to-free-n-korean-sailors/1799288.html/panama-to-free-n-korean-sailors/1799288.html]content

Credit: Reuters/Carlos Jasso PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama is freeing most of the 35 North Korean crew members it detained more than four months ago for smuggling Cuban weapons aboard a ship, a senior government official said on Wednesday. Tomas Cabal, head of the anti-terrorism section of Panama's Foreign Ministry, said 32 of the crew of the Chong Chon Gang would be freed and should leave the country by Thursday. The three most senior members, including the captain, still face charges of threatening Panama's security by seeking to move undeclared weapons through the Panama Canal. Cabal said the attorney general's office had informed him the paperwork to free the crew had been processed. However, the state prosecutor for organized crime, Nathaniel Murgas, later told reporters that his office was still analyzing the North Korean authorities' request to release the men. <br>More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/28/us-panama-northkorea-idUSBRE9AQ13X20131128?feedType=RSS

North Korea agrees fine with Panama for ship's release

Zero stress. Its a constant refrain in Panama City, where I now live. It refers to the idea that hiccups are meant to be taken in stride. That if both sides remain calm, all will be well. That theres no need to "stress out." Take the other day for example. Id ordered a few hundred photocopies, but when I went to pick them up I realized Id left my wallet at home. <br>More: http://internationalliving.com/2013/11/zero-stress-lifestyle-panama/

The ship, Chong Chon Gang, was traveling from Cuba to North Korea when it was seized in the canal July 15 based on intelligence that it might be carrying drugs. Though the manifest listed only the sugar, crews unloading the North Korean-flagged ship found planes, missiles and live munitions on board. Cuba's Foreign Ministry acknowledged the military equipment belonged to the Caribbean nation, but said it was being sent to be repaired and then returned to the island. It said the 240 metric tons of weaponry consisted of two Volga and Pechora anti-aircraft missile systems, nine missiles "in parts and spares," two MiG-21 Bis and 15 engines for those airplanes. It never mentioned the live munitions and has yet to comment to about them. North Korea claimed it had a legitimate contract to overhaul aging weapons to be sent back to Cuba. Panamanian officials say the ship carried two Cuban fighter jets in perfect condition, contradicting Cuba's explanation that the cargo included "obsolete defensive weapons." A U.N. <br>More: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/panama-liberate-north-korean-ship-crew-21029671

Thurman Chambers saidit's just the first step to helping those who need it. "A meal is just where it starts. When they come in, they see the love that is here, that's around our people." "I drive by the Rescue Mission every day on my way to the office, andI want to be involved in my community, so as a new member of the community,I want to be involved in participating and hopefully make a difference in the culture," said Grant Powell. Heand his wife just moved to Bay County and wanted to volunteer. Volunteers of all ages came to serve overflowing plates of food, share a friendly http://www.journalhome.com/benrdvy/779218/calientie-bianca-balti-muy-de-moda-s-el-26-de-octubre.html conversation, and personal stories. <br>More: http://www.wmbb.com/story/24093468/panama-city-rescue-mission-serves-thanksgiving-dinner

But Julio Berrios, a lawyer for the crew, said a reduced fine of $670,000 had been agreed Panama between local officials and a North Korean delegation who traveled to Panama to resolve the issue. "It has been decided to pay the fine within the next 15 days," said Berrios, noting that three North Korean diplomats were making arrangements to obtain the money and settle the matter with the Panama Canal Authority. Berrios said the future of the crew remains uncertain because Panama is using them to exert pressure for payment of the fine. "They will not release the crew while the payment is not made," Chiriqui the lawyer added. Panama's foreign ministry said Wednesday it would release 32 of the 35 sailors upon payment of the fine. <br>More: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-agrees-fine/904882.html

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