Driver Arrested, Charged With Negligence in Swaziland Crash

Driver Arrested, Charged With Negligence in Swaziland Crash
JOHANNESBURG — Aug 30, 2015, 
A newspaper in Swaziland is reporting that one of the drivers involved in the crash that killed a reported 38 young women and girls has been arrested.

The Times of Swaziland reported on Sunday that the man appeared in court on Saturday was charged with negligent driving. He remains in police custody.

The newspaper said the 46-year-old man is a driver employed by the government of Swaziland.

The girls and young women were killed while on their way to join thousands of others at Swaziland's most famous traditional festival, the annual reed dance.

A rights group, the Swaziland Solidarity Network, claims that the death toll has risen to 65. Swazi police dispute this, saying that only 13 people died.


Tribunal Seals End of Failed Volkswagen-Suzuki Partnership
BERLIN — Aug 30, 2015, 

Volkswagen AG and Suzuki Motor Corp. say an arbitration tribunal has formally put an end to a failed alliance between the two companies to develop green cars, and Suzuki will buy back the 19.9 percent stake that Volkswagen held.

The hybrid and electric car partnership agreed in 2009 never got off the ground and unraveled into a public feud. Suzuki decided in 2011 to dissolve the alliance and started arbitration proceedings to get Volkswagen to dispose of its Suzuki stake.

Both companies said Sunday that an International Chamber of Commerce tribunal determined that Suzuki gave valid notice of termination and that Volkswagen must sell its shares.

They also said it found that Suzuki breached the companies' agreement and Volkswagen said it reserves the right to seek damages.


Schools to Open on Time in Chinese City Shaken by Blasts
BEIJING — Aug 30, 2015, 

More than 300 grade schools in the Chinese neighborhood shaken by this month's deadly blasts will start the fall semester on time, the district government of Binhai in the port city of Tianjin said Sunday.

All the schools in the district had completed registration work for classes to start Monday, and students affected by the disaster will return to the classroom, the district said.

The Aug. 12 explosions at a warehouse storing dangerous chemicals killed 150 people and left 23 others missing. It was one of China worst industrial accidents in years.

The tragedy exposed the country's lax enforcement of work safety regulations and revealed widespread dereliction of duties across government agencies. The warehouse in this case was located too close to homes and stored too much hazardous material.

At least 11 government officials — from agencies overseeing transportation, port operations, workplace safety, planning and land resources, and customs — have been detained and are faced with charges of dereliction of duty and abuse of power. China's top prosecuting office said the officials should not have issued the warehouse the permit to handle hazardous material and that they failed to regulate the operations at the warehouse.

Police also have detained 12 executives and employees of the company running the warehouse as part of their investigation, and are also looking into a company suspected of providing bogus safety assessments.

The local government said schools damaged by the explosions have been repaired in time for the fall semester.


Tens of Thousands Protest Defense Bills Outside Japan's Diet
TOKYO — Aug 30, 2015, 5:57 AM ET
 Associated Press
Tens of thousands of protesters rallied outside Japan's parliament Sunday to oppose security legislation in one of this summer's biggest protests ahead of its anticipated passage next month.

"No to war legislation!" ''Scrap the bills now!" and "Abe, quit!" they chanted during the demonstration in the government district in Tokyo, filling the street outside the front gate of the parliament, or Diet.

The demonstrators oppose legislation that would expand Japan's military role under a reinterpretation of the country's war-renouncing constitution.

In July, the more powerful lower house passed the bills that allows the Self Defense Force to engage in combat for the first time since World War II when allies come under attack even when Japan itself is not.

The upper house is currently debating the bills and is expected to pass them by late September, making it law.

The participation of students and young mothers have captured media attention in Japan where rallies used to be dominated by labor union members and graying leftist activists.

"In order to make the world a better place, where the life of even a single child is taken away, we must take action now or Japan will make a turn for the worse. That's why I came today," said Mami Tanaka, 35, who joined the rally with her husband and their three children.

Public polls showing the majority of people oppose the bills.

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