Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016
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14 WORLD SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Quake search narrows RESCUERS have pulled out 113 dead a week since a powerful earthquake struck Taiwans oldest city, Tainan, leaving only four missing in the rubble of a collapsed 17-storey residential complex, the Interior Ministry said yesterday. All but two of the dead were found at the ruins of the Weiguan Golden Dragon complex, which toppled when the 6.4magnitude quake struck last Saturday. Some 327 people in the building survived. Authorities have detained the buildings developer Lin Ming-hui and two architects on suspicion of negligent homicide amid accusations his firm cut corners in the construction. Papal encounter a first POPE Francis met yesterday with Patriarch Kirill in the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1000-year schism that divided Christianity that may, however, be more about Russia asserting itself than any new ecumenical progress. Finally! Pope Francis exclaimed as he embraced Kirill in the small, wood-panelled VIP room of Havanas airport, where the three-hour encounter was taking place. We are brothers. The pontiff was having the brief talks in Cuba before heading off on a five-day visit to Mexico. North Korea retaliates NORTH Korea has reacted angrily to new sanctions announced by Japan over its recent rocket launch and said it will halt an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago. Japan had eased some earlier sanctions on North Korea after it promised in 2014 to reinvestigate the kidnappings, which are a highly sensitive issue in Japan. The North has repeatedly delayed providing results. Japan announced new sanctions on Wednesday that include expanded restrictions on travel between the two countries and a complete ban on visits by North Korean ships to Japan. Teens killed at school A SHOOTING at a suburban Phoenix high school that killed two 15-year-old girls and caused panic among parents was a murder-suicide, police said. Police announced that a suicide note was found at the scene of the shooting yesterday near the cafeteria area of Independence High School in Glendale. They said the girls each were shot once, were declared dead at the scene and a weapon was found near the bodies. Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appeared to also be in a relationship, police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said. It is believed no one witnessed the shooting, Ms Breeden said. Both teens have been identified, but Ms Breeden said their names will not be confirmed or released at this time by the police department due to their juvenile status. Hours before the lockdown of the school was lifted, hundreds of worried parents crowded the parking lots of nearby convenience stores. One woman gnawed on her fingernails as she spoke on a mobile phone, while another had tears streaming down her face. Other parents chainsmoked as they waited for news. Parents were taken to the school to be reunited with their children. Some cut through a nearby field as they rushed to ward their kids in emotional reunions. Other students who got permission from their parents left campus on their own. The Glendale Union High School District alerted parents to the shooting through emails and automatic phone calls and released information on social media, Superintendent Brian Capistran said. Students typically are not allowed to use their mobile phones in lockdowns, but as calls from parents flooded the district, officials asked teachers to have students call family. Minnie Kramer, mother of a 15-year-old student, said she rushed out of work when she got a text from her son right after the shooting, telling her that he was safe. She said she worried about whether any of his friends were harmed. Apparent murder-suicide claims 15-year-old girls Flights to Cuba will signal tourist flood THE US and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall. US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is scheduled to fly to Havana next week to cement the deal. Barring other major announcements, it would be the most significant development in US-Cuba trade since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro (pictured) announced in late 2014 that they would begin normalising ties after a half century of Cold War opposition. Under the deal, US airlines can start bidding on routes for as many as 110 US-Cuba flights a day more than five times the current number. All flights operating today are charters. 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