International

Boat with 160 African migrants

reportedly capsizes off Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders say a boat carrying more than 160 African migrants has capsized off the southern province of Shabwa. It is not immediately clear if there have been any fatalities or if any migrants have been rescued.

The authorities and tribal leaders said Thursday that the boat departed from the port of Bosaso in Somalia carrying 100 Somalis and 60 Ethiopians, including women and children.

The officials insisted on speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to brief the media and the tribal leaders for fear of reprisals.

Although Yemen is wracked by conflict, African migrants continue to arrive in the war-torn country where there is no central authority to prevent them from travelling onward to oil-rich Gulf countries.

N. Korea puts reunion of war

separated families in doubt

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says an August reunion of Korean families separated by war may not happen if South Korea doesn’t immediately return some of its citizens who arrived in the South in recent years.

The North’s state-run Uriminzokkiri website issued the warning on Friday, repeating its claim that South Korean agents abducted 12 North Korean restaurant workers in China in 2016.

It says the reunion will face “obstacles” if Seoul doesn’t send back the women.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry says it has no comments.

Seoul has said the North Korean women decided to resettle in the South on their own will.

In June, the Koreas agreed to allow elderly citizens separated since the 1950-53 Korean War to reunite with each other for several days in August.

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