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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The state prosecutor in charge of trying Dylann Roof in what authorities have said was the racially motivated killing of nine black people inside of a Charleston church spoke to the families of victims about how Roof should be punished, but said the ultimate decision rested in her hands.
Indonesia has unexpectedly dumped much-vaunted plans for its first high-speed railway in favour of a slower and cheaper rail option, in a blow to Japan and China who have been fiercely competing to win the construction job. President Joko Widodo was expected to award either China or Japan the multi-billion contract this week but instead the government announced Friday the project had been shelved, citing cost and feasibility concerns. Chief economics minister, Darmin Nasution, summoned the Japanese ambassador on Friday to tell him that Indonesia would pursue a medium-speed rail option and throw open the bidding process to other competitors.