World News at a Glance
Posted April 28, 2018 7:34 p.m. EDT
Pompeo Tells Saudis Enough Is Enough
As Saudi Arabia considers digging a moat along its border with Qatar and dumping nuclear waste nearby, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh on his first overseas trip as the nation’s top diplomat with a simple message: Enough is enough. Patience with what is viewed in Washington as a petulant spat within the Gulf Cooperation Council has worn thin, and Pompeo told the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, that the dispute needs to end, according to a senior State Department official who briefed reporters on the meetings but who was not authorized to be named.
Former Trump Tower in Azerbaijan Is Engulfed by Fire
A fire broke out Saturday in a high-rise that until recently had been called Trump Tower in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, engulfing much of the building in flames by early evening. Footage on social media showed flames shooting out of the windows and smoke billowing from the 33-floor building, which is under construction and had been labeled “Donald Trump’s Worst Deal” by The New Yorker magazine. The blaze, which broke out on the top floor, burned through about 20 stories before firefighters extinguished the flames by midafternoon, the news agency Interfax reported. The fire rekindled in the evening.
North Korean News Outlets Fawn Over Kim but Offer Few Clues on Nuclear Plan
In gushing coverage, North Korea’s main newspaper devoted four of its six pages Saturday to the summit meeting the day before between Kim Jong Un, the North’s leader, and Moon Jae-in, the South’s. It brightened its usually drab pages with 62 color photographs from the historic event. It even printed the leaders’ joint declaration professing a goal of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. But, like other state-run North Korean news media, the newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, gave no hint to its readers whether Kim would genuinely consider giving up his nuclear weapons or what he might demand in return.
Wave of Attacks in Congo Is Mystery, but the Suffering Is Clear
A recent wave of fighting has broken out in the province of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the border with Uganda, raising concerns about a humanitarian catastrophe. More than 260 people have died and more than 200,000 have fled their homes since December in a conflict started by a scuffle between youths from two local ethnic communities, the Lendu and Hema. Although many of the victims have been Hema, experts say this new wave of violence does not follow the usual pattern of ethnic killings and reprisals. No one knows what the attackers’ motives are.
Venezuela’s Turmoil Is Testing Brazil’s Limits
A relentless tide of people fleeing the economic crisis in Venezuela has begun to test Brazil's tolerance for immigrants. This month, the governor of the northern Brazilian state of Roraima sued the federal government, demanding that it close the border with Venezuela and provide additional money for her overburdened education and health systems. The tens of thousands of Venezuelans who have found refuge in Brazil are proof of a worsening humanitarian crisis that their government claims does not exist. During the early months of this year, 5,000 Venezuelans were leaving their homeland each day, according to the United Nations.
Terminally Ill British Toddler at Center of Court Fight Dies
Alfie Evans, the terminally ill British toddler who was at the center of a legal battle, died Saturday, his parents said, five days after he was taken off life support. His mother, Kate James, posted on Facebook: “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 a.m. We are heartbroken.” Alfie, 23 months old, had a degenerative brain condition that his doctors said was incurable. He had been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, where he had been getting treatment, concluded it would be futile to treat him further. But the boy’s parents fought to keep him on life support.
Toxic Caterpillars Invading Parts of London, Officials Warn
British forestry officials are warning parts of London about an invasion of caterpillars whose long white hairs can trigger allergic reactions in humans that include skin and eye irritation, difficulty breathing and even anaphylactic shock. Caterpillars of the oak processionary moth were spotted emerging from eggs in mid-April, according to the Forestry Commission. The caterpillars’ hairs contain thaumetopoein, an irritating protein, the commission said. Those who are allergic can become sick. "We advise people not to pick up the caterpillar or pick up the nest,” a spokeswoman for Britain’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.