1. SOUTH KOREA SEEKS US HELP
South Korea is seeking U.S. help in a bitter diplomatic row with fellow American ally Japan over its moves to tighten controls on high-tech exports.
The government said that Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha discussed the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by phone and conveyed Seoul’s view that Japan’s “undesirable” trade curbs could disrupt global supply chains and hurt trilateral cooperation among the countries.
The ministry said Pompeo expressed an “understanding” of South Korea’s position and agreed to help facilitate communication through diplomatic channels among Washington, Seoul and Tokyo.
South Korea plans to file a complaint with the World Trade organization. It raised the issue at a WTO Goods Council meeting in Geneva on Tuesday, calling on Japan to withdraw its tighter restrictions, which it says have repercussions for electronics products worldwide.
2. 6 HOSPITALIZED AFTER SLOW FIFTH BULL RUN IN PAMPLONA
Spanish authorities say one person has been gored in the arm during the fifth bull run of this year’s San Fermin festival in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.
Regional hospital spokesman Tomás Belzunegui said Thursday that six people were in need of hospital care after being injured during the race along the 850-meter cobbled-street course to the bullring.
The run featuring bulls from the Victoriano del Río Cortés cattle breeder lasted 2 minutes, 49 seconds, making it the longest of this year’s festival.
The nine-day San Fermin fiesta attracts revelers from around the world who test their bravery dashing through the streets with six fighting bulls.
3. PASSENGER TRAIN HITS FREIGHT TRAIN IN PAKISTAN, KILLING 10
A passenger train rammed into a freight train in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 64 others.
The freight train was stationary when the speeding passenger train hit it at Walhar Railway Station in Rahim Yar Khan, in the eastern Punjab province.
According to a senior government official, Jamil Ahmed, hospitals declared an emergency and were receiving casualties from the collision.
Ahmed said some of the injured passengers were listed in critical condition.
Prime Minister Imran Khan quickly ordered authorities to provide best possible medical care to the victims.
4. DEATH TOLL FROM STORM IN NORTHERN GREECE RISES TO 6
Greek authorities say the death toll from a powerful storm in northern Greece has increased to six.
Emergency services officials said Thursday that around 65 people had been injured, of whom 35 were hospitalized after the storm hit the northern Halkidiki region late Wednesday, toppling trees and power pylons, cutting power and blocking roads.
Two of those who died were killed when high winds overturned their recreational vehicle, while another two were hit by an outdoor restaurant’s lean-to roof that collapsed.
Another two were killed by falling trees.