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attempted unsuccessfully to
launch two suspected powerful
yesterday, South Korean
defence officials said, bringing
the number of apparent failures
in recent weeks to three.
The reported failures come
ahead of a major North Korean
ruling party meeting next
week at which leader Kim
Jong Un is believed to want to
place his stamp more
forcefully on a government he
inherited after his dictator
father's death in late 2011.
The launches were believed
to be the second and third
attempted tests of a
Musudan, a new intermediate-
range missile that could one
day be capable of reaching far-
off US military bases in Asia
and the Pacific.
Yesterday, a projectile fired
from a North Korean
northeastern coastal town
crashed a few seconds after
liftoff, a South Korean Defence
Ministry official said, requesting
anonymity because of office
rules. It wasn't immediately
known whether it crashed on
land or into the sea. Then, in the
evening, South Korea's Joint
Chiefs of Staff said in a
statement that the North fired
another Musudan missile near
Wonsan but that launch also
presumably failed. There were
no other details. (AP)
North Korean missiles test flops again
The relative of a missing garbage-picker cries as she waits for information at the entrance to the city garbage
dump in Guatemala City yesterday. Rescue workers were picking through garbage looking for bodies or
possible survivors a day after the massive slope of trash collapsed, killing at least four people. AP PHOTO
of rescuers yesterday picked
through a Guatemalan garbage
dump looking for bodies or pos-
sible survivors a day after a mas-
sive slope of trash collapsed,
killing at least four people.
The National Civil Police report-
ed that 18 people may still be miss-
ing, while Guatemala s national
disaster response agency put the
figure at five.
Dozens of people seeking loved
ones who were unaccounted for
were also at the scene.
Marta Julia Davila, 21, said her
60-year-old grandfather, Hugo
Leonel Perez Alonzo, who works
as a "guajero," or garbage picker
and looks for recyclable materials,
was among the missing. Perez s
family had not seen him since
before the slide, and workers
reported that he was last spotted
sitting down in the area where the
collapse happened, she added.
"We are sure he is there because
yesterday he left for work and last
night he did not return to his
home," Davila said.
"There are a lot of people
buried." Recent rains may have
contributed to the slope s collapse.
Authorities say about 1,000 peo-
ple worked in that area of the dump
and had been asked to evacuate
after an earlier slide, but some
About 3,000 tons of garbage
from the capital and surrounding
areas are handled daily at the dump.
Search on for missing in
deadly garbage slide
Konrad Mizzi has been relieved of
his duties in energy and health
after he acknowledged opening a
company in Panama which is held
by a trust in New Zealand.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
yesterday announced, however, that
Mizzi will retain the title of minister
and will work on special projects.
Muscat has taken over the respon-
sibilities of the energy sector while
the health portfolio has been given
to another minister.
Mizzi will also resign as deputy
leader of the ruling Labour Party, a
post to which he was elected in Feb-
ruary, before the Panama Papers
He has commissioned an inde-
pendent tax audit to prove he has
done nothing wrong, and has said
that the company will be closed
after the tax investigation is con-
The reshuffle was announced by
Muscat at a press conference.Mizzi s
chief of staff Keith Schembri will
carry on, the Prime Minister said.
"The Panama affair hurt us --
politically and personally. Although
there was nothing illegal, we expect
better behaviour," Muscat said.
Mizzi and Schembri were both
implicated in the Panama Papers,
though they both insist they did
Muscat has absorbed the energy
portfolio himself, with former par-
liamentary secretary Chris Fearne
being promoted to Health Minister.
"As you can see, I take decisions,"
the Prime Minister said, arguing
that "public sentiment is not a
Audits into Mizzi s Panama affairs
had not yet been concluded, but
initial indications suggested that
"no money was involved," the Prime
"This gives me the confidence to
make a decision. But I still expect
the reports to be published once
they are concluded," he said.
He said that the investigations
might take months to conclude, but
that he felt comfortable taking a
decision at this stage.
"Of course, if the investigations
were to find otherwise, we would
have to look at things again," he said.
Mizzi will continue to work within
the Office of the Prime Minister and
be assigned "special tasks", among
them "the implementation of our
energy plans," Muscat said.
Opposition leader Simon Busuttil
called the reshuffle "an utter farce"
"The more things change, the
more they stay the same," Busuttil
Backlash over Panama papers in Malta
PARIS---Protesters yesterday clashed
with police in several French cities
over proposed reforms to the country s
labour rules and strikers forced can-
cellations and delays at two major air-
ports serving Paris.
Thousands of demonstrators
marched in Paris, and violence broke
out when several dozen people, many
with their faces covered, started throw-
ing objects at police. Police used tear
gas to disperse protesters and said one
police officer was seriously wounded.
French television also showed clashes
in the southern city of Marseille and
in the western cities of Nantes and
French Interior Minister Bernard
Cazeneuve said 124 people had been
arrested in protests around the country.
He strongly condemned the violence and
said perpetrators will be prosecuted.
An air traffic controllers strike also
cancelled 20 per cent of all the flights
at Paris Orly Airport and also caused
delays at Charles De Gaulle Airport,
according the Paris airport authority
France has seen a series of strikes
and protests against the labour reform
bill, which aims to encourage companies
to hire. Critics say the reforms will
compromise France s hard-won worker
protections without curbing the coun-
try s stubbornly high unemployment
The bill will be debated next week
in France s lower house of parliament.
French protest against
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