In life and in death, Kim Dae-jung, the former South Korean president, has helped to inch the two Koreas towards warmer ties.
Kim’s “sunshine policy” led to rapprochement between the rivals in the 90s and now his death has led to a cooling of tensions that have been rising in the peninsula for the last few months, with North Korea announcing plans to send a delegation to attend his state funeral.
Huge crowds in Libya have welcomed Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bombing convict freed from a Scottish prison. The US, whose nationals accounted for the majority of the 270 that perished in the bombing, has called the decision to free al-Megrahi a “mistake”.
Al Megrahi is the only man to be convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, which blew up blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. He is now dying of cancer, but for many of his victims’ families, his release on compassionate grounds is a travesty of justice.