World News at a Glance
Posted April 23, 2018 9:37 p.m. EDT
Updated April 23, 2018 9:42 p.m. EDT
Toronto Van Plows Along Sidewalk, Killing 10
Ten people were killed and more than a dozen were injured Monday when a man drove a white van onto the sidewalk along one of Toronto’s main thoroughfares. The van struck a man crossing Yonge Street before it jumped the curb near Mel Lastman Square and sped down the sidewalk at 40 mph, witnesses said, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The driver was taken into custody after a confrontation with police. It was one of the worst mass killings in the modern history of Canada. John Flengas, acting EMS supervisor for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, described the scene of the episode as “pure carnage” and said there were “victims everywhere.”
Deported to Libya, Ex-Gitmo Detainees Vanish
In President Barack Obama’s drive to close the Guantánamo prison, his administration struck deals with about three dozen nations to take in lower-risk detainees from dangerous countries. Resettling them in stable places would increase the chances they would live peacefully, officials argued, rather than face persecution or drift into Islamist militancy. But a decision this month by Senegal to deport two former detainees to Libya has raised the prospect that the resettlement system is starting to collapse under President Donald Trump. After their journey, the Libyans fell into the hands of a hard-line militia leader who has been accused of prisoner abuse — and then they vanished.
‘A Royal Baby, a Prince!’: Kate and William Welcome New Baby
Britain’s international image may have taken a beating over the past year, as the country proceeds with its stuttering exit from the European Union known as Brexit, but its unique asset was on full display Monday. At 11:01 a.m., Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to an 8-pound, 7-ounce boy, the third child for her and Prince William. William was present in the delivery room, and he later jumped in a SUV and ferried his two younger children to the hospital to meet their newborn brother. The birth came a week before Kate and William’s seventh wedding anniversary and occurred on St. George’s Day, England’s patron saint.
Abdeslam Convicted of Shooting Police After Paris Attacks
Salah Abdeslam, believed to be the only surviving member of the group that carried out a series of attacks in and around Paris in 2015 and then in Brussels five months later, was convicted Monday and sentenced to 20 years in prisonfor shooting at police in the Belgian capital while he was on the run. The Brussels Criminal Court also convicted Sofien Ayari, and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. The men were accused of shooting and wounding four Belgian and French police officers who were searching for them in southern Brussels, four months after the attacks in France that left 130 dead, and days before two deadly attacks in Brussels.
Macron to Press Trump to Keep Iran Nuclear Deal
President Donald Trump will come under increasing pressure from visiting French and German leaders this week not to scrap the nuclear agreement with Iran next month as U.S. and European negotiators make halting progress toward toughening the limits on Tehran. President Emmanuel Macron of France arrived Monday at the White House for the first state visit of Trump’s presidency, intent on using his bond with Trump to try to persuade him to preserve the Iran deal. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany will follow Friday to reinforce the message. The visits come weeks before a May 12 deadline set by Trump to “fix” the agreement or walk away from it.
A Pope Given to Apologies Has Nothing for Indigenous Canada
Canada’s Roman Catholic bishops said late last month that Pope Francis would not apologize in the foreseeable future for the boarding schools where, for more than a century and a half, more than 150,000 indigenous children were forced to attend in an effort to obliterate their cultures and languages. About 70 percent of children went to schools operated by the church. Now, the Canadian House of Commons is poised to consider a motion to ask those bishops to return to Rome to seek a papal apology, fulfilling a specific recommendation for healing the rift between Canada and its indigenous people by a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission that documented the abuses at the schools.
An Unpredictable Trump and a Risk-Prone Kim Mean High Stakes and Mismatched Expectations
When Alex Wellerstein, a nuclear historian, tried to imagine the possible outcomes of President Donald Trump’s planned meeting with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, he found himself at a loss. The meeting will bring together two personalities whose tendencies have proved destabilizing: Trump, whose unpredictability and defiance of norms has led him to take on high-stakes issues with which he has little experience, and Kim, whose youthful boldness and willingness to embrace risk give him the swagger, perhaps unearned, of a major nuclear power. The meeting will also exemplify a world that is less constrained by the usual guardrails of international norms or policy processes — a world in which virtually anything can happen.