World News at a Glance
Posted April 29, 2018 8:51 p.m. EDT
Kim Prepared to Cede Nuclear Weapons if U.S. Pledges Not to Invade
The South Korean government said Sunday that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, had told President Moon Jae-in that he would abandon his nuclear weapons if the United States agreed to formally end the Korean War and promise not to invade his country. In a confidence-building gesture before a proposed summit meeting with President Donald Trump, Kim also said he would invite experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States to watch the shutdown next month of his country’s only known underground nuclear test site. In Washington, Trump officials spoke cautiously about the chances of reaching a deal.
Pompeo, in Israel, Bypasses Palestinians
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came to Israel Sunday in the midst of the worst crisis in relations between Israelis and Palestinians in years, but he did not meet a single Palestinian representative and mentioned them publicly once. No one at the State Department called Palestinian leaders to ask for a get-together with Pompeo, according to Palestinian officials. Infuriated by President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Palestinian leaders have cut off political contacts with the Trump administration. Pompeo’s focused message on his sweep through the region has instead been a denunciation of Iran.
Caravan of Migrants Reach Border
A long journey gave way to what could be a long asylum process Sunday as a caravan of immigrants reached the border between the United States and Mexico, setting up a test of President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant politics. More than 150 migrants, part a caravan that once numbered about 1,200 and headed north in March from Mexico’s border with Guatemala, were prepared to seek asylum from U.S. immigration officials. But the migrants were told Sunday afternoon that the immigration officials could not process their claims, and they would have to spend the night on the Mexican side of the border.
Man Who Rode in Passenger Seat While Car Piloted Itself Is Barred From Driving
A British man ran afoul of the law when he was caught in the front passenger seat of a Tesla set to Autopilot, cruising at about 40 mph with his hands behind his head. No one was in the driver’s seat. Witnesses told police that “traffic was heavy” last May when they saw Bhavesh Patel, 39, of Nottingham, England, in his white Tesla S60 on the M1 motorway near Hemel Hempstead. Police said Patel admitted that what he had done was “silly.” On April 20, Patel pleaded guilty to dangerous driving. A court barred him from driving for 18 months.
Australia Pledges Millions of Dollars in Bid to Rescue Great Barrier Reef
The Australian government unveiled a plan Sunday to try to rescue the Great Barrier Reef, pledging hundreds of millions of dollars in what would be the largest single investment for reef conservation and management in the country’s history. Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said 500 million Australian dollars ($379 million) would be set aside to help the reef, an important ecosystem, after years of damage from warming waters caused by climate change. The money would be used to improve water quality, control a major predator, invest in coral restoration and enhance underwater monitoring. Environmentalists said the plan was nowhere near enough.
Spanish Judges Return Fire After Contentious Sexual Assault Ruling
Judges in Spain defended the country’s judicial system, after mass protests extended into the weekend in Pamplona, Spain, against what many saw as a light sentence in a sexual assault case. On Saturday, more than 35,000 people gathered in Pamplona to protest a court sentence that found five men guilty of sexually abusing a woman in 2016, but not of raping her, during the city’s bull-running festival. Large protests also took place in Madrid. The prosecution had sought a nearly 23-year sentence for gang rape and other charges. The men were each given nine years in prison for sex abuse.
A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines
Dominated by conservative morals taught by the Roman Catholic Church, the Philippines is also one of Southeast Asia’s most tolerant countries toward gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people. Geraldine Roman, the country’s first openly transgender member of Congress, is spearheading efforts to broaden legal protections. Last September, with Roman at the helm, a bill prohibiting bias on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression passed the House of Representatives unanimously. The measure is the first of its kind to reach the Senate, where it is being held up by opposition, including by Sen. Joel Villanueva, an evangelical Christian.