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World in brief: May 16, 2024

GREECE: Lawyers for nine Egyptians accused of people-trafficking in connection with the Adriana, an overcrowded boat which sank last June killing upwards of 500 refugees, say their clients were just passengers mistakenly identified as crew.

They “are random people, who paid the same amounts as all the others to take this trip to Italy aiming for a better life, and they are accused of being part of the smuggling team,” lawyer Vicky Aggelidou said.

The trial starts next week.

SOUTH KOREA: The Seoul High Court today rejected a request by striking doctors for an injunction to block government plans to increase medical school admissions.

Junior doctors have been on strike since February against the plans, and their union says they will appeal to the Supreme Court.

UNITED STATES: Joe Biden and Donald Trump have agreed to debate each other in June and September, but will bypass the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The commission, which sets neutrality rules and secures simultaneous TV and radio broadcasting to reach the widest audience, issued an irate statement affirming its willingness to arrange the events.

NEW CALEDONIA: France has imposed a state of emergency for 12 days after days of deadly violence which have killed four.

The French army have deployed to ports and airports as police fan out to crush rioters.

The Pacific territory has long sought independence and unrest erupted over recent voting reforms.

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