Jul 16, 2014

Mexico City requires driving tests for first time

Mexico City has 4 million cars on the road already, but only now will it require people to pass a test before getting behind the wheel, finally bringing the capital in line with international standards. The sprawling city of 9 million people has until ...

Jul 4, 2014

Quebec rail explosion prompted regulation, safety changes

The explosion of an oil train that killed 47 people in Quebec last year forced tighter rules to address the rapid growth of transporting oil by rail in North America. In the immediate aftermath, all eyes fell on the owner, American firm Montreal, Maine ...

Quebec town still recovering from train disaster

Jul 4, 2014

Quebec town still recovering from train disaster

Backhoes and bulldozers are still digging out oil-seeped soil and pavement in the center of the lakeside Quebec town of Lac-Megantic. Where the post office, public library and restaurants once stood, there is only the clanging of machinery kicking up dust over the emptiness. ...

Jun 26, 2014

S. Korea's Park keeps premier who quit

After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced Thursday her “agonized” decision to retain the incumbent, who resigned over April’s ferry disaster. In an effort to assuage criticism of the government’s emergency response, Chung Hong-won resigned ...

Sewol survivors return to school

Jun 25, 2014

Sewol survivors return to school

Holding hands as they walked through the school gates, some fighting back tears, 75 children who survived South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in 20 years returned to class on Wednesday pledging to remember their lost friends. Wailing parents of the 250 children who did ...

South Korea Sewol ferry trial to hear from student survivors

Jun 24, 2014

South Korea Sewol ferry trial to hear from student survivors

Student survivors of South Korea’s ferry disaster will testify in the trial of the captain and crew by closed circuit TV from a courtroom in their traumatized hometown, a district court ruled on Tuesday. The court in Gwangju, 265 kilometers (165 miles) south of ...

Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Jun 13, 2014

Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Southeast Asia has overtaken the Horn of Africa as the world’s hot spot for pirate attacks after concerted international efforts to police the waters off Somalia, the U.N. said Thursday. Last year 28 boats were attacked in the western Indian Ocean but none taken ...